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A Rather English Marriage (1998)

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A squadron leader and a retired milkman decide to bury their differences and move in together after they are both widowed on the same night. They become a companionable, if odd, couple ... See full summary »

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Paul Seed

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Andrew Davies, Angela Lambert (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Reggie Conyngham-Jervis
Tom Courtenay ... Roy Southgate
Joanna Lumley ... Liz Franks
John Light ... Young Reggie
Joanna Scanlan ... Sister
Priyanga Burford ... Dr. Swann (as Priyanga Elan)
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ... Mary
Katie Carr ... Young Mary
Aileen O'Gorman Aileen O'Gorman ... Grace
Iain Jones Iain Jones ... Young Roy
Caroline Carver ... Young Grace
Rebecca Clarke Rebecca Clarke ... Nurse
Laura Heath Laura Heath ... Felicity
Rosamund Pike ... Celia
Lucy Robinson Lucy Robinson ... Susan
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A squadron leader and a retired milkman decide to bury their differences and move in together after they are both widowed on the same night. They become a companionable, if odd, couple until their unlikely friendship is threatened by the arrival of an alluring woman with a hidden agenda. Written by <stripe@dds.nl>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rather English Marriage See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Television movie debut of Rosamund Pike (Celia). See more »

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Liz Franks: Reggie, I've done wrong. I can't marry you. I should never have agreed. I'm going away, abroad. Almost at once.
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis: Where are you going?
Liz Franks: Italy.
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis: Is it some chap you met there?
Liz Franks: No, it's not a chap. Oh, Reggie, darling, you're very sweet but I'm going to leave you. There's no point in saying sorry or anything. I won't even say that I never would have made you happy. But I'm not a nice person.
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis: Thought we could have children.
Liz Franks: [delicately] Oh, Reggie, darling, I'm 52.
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis: That's extraordinary. You look like a...
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Reuniting A Fine Pair of Character Actors
15 October 2006 | by grabberlimeSee all my reviews

Finney & Courtenay are teamed again in this tale of two widowers who are drawn together by a well meaning social services worker.

Finney seems at first coolly detached from his loss, while Courtenay is the far more visibly shaken of the two. Finney is essentially left with a lifetime interest in his home and a small annual stipend by his late wife. Courtenay needs companionship. The social worker brings them together in a marriage of convenience.

Finney assumes the role of the master of the house and Courtenay essentially the man servant.For those who enjoyed the pair in 1984's The Dresser, Courtenay calling Finney "Sir" will bring a smile to your face.

As the plot evolves, we see Finney deteriorating while Courtenay steps up to the plate to assume the more dominant role. Both are forced to face tragedy again during their time together and learn to adapt.

The film deals with how people deal with grief, or choose not, and in the end, how we all must make that choice.


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