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Wallis & Edward (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 18 December 2005
In 1936, Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American. These events caused a scandal around the world. Wallis and Edward is an ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joely Richardson ... Wallis Simpson
David Westhead ... Ernest Simpson
Lisa Kay ... Mary Raffray
Helena Michell Helena Michell ... Thelma Furness
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Edward
Simon Hepworth ... Perry Brownlow
Bill Champion Bill Champion ... Bertie
Monica Dolan ... Elizabeth
Debora Weston Debora Weston ... Kitty Rogers
Aleksas Kazanavicius Aleksas Kazanavicius ... Herman Rogers
Clifford Rose ... King George V
Margaret Tyzack ... Queen Mary
Miriam Margolyes ... Aunt Bessie
David Calder ... Winston Churchill
Richard Johnson ... Stanley Baldwin
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In 1936, Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American. These events caused a scandal around the world. Wallis and Edward is an attempt to portray the romantic aspects of the story from Wallis's point of view. The drama follows the beginning of their affair whilst Edward was Prince of Wales and Wallis was still married to Ernest Simpson. Written by Company TV Productions

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Her Royal Affair See more »

Filming Locations:

Latvia See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

One scene mentions a rumor of Wallis Simpson being a KGB agent. The KGB was not created until 1954. See more »

Quotes

[to Edward]
Stanley Baldwin: You are not a man, Sir. You are the King.
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Soundtracks

For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
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[restaurant band plays for the presentation of the prince's birthday cake]
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Poorly Researched if "The King's Speech" is used as standard
8 April 2012 | by ryansternmdSee all my reviews

I was disappointed in this film and pleased that I rented it before I bought it. I caught the goof where Winston Churchill addresses the Prince of Wales as "Your Majesty" at the Jubilee ball, which for me was a red flag that the writers were not familiar with royal protocol and therefore probably anti-Roaylists. I was also disappointed when the investigations into Wallis Simpson were discussed (it was appropriate to investigate her past if she was the lover of the Prince of Wales) that at that point, nor anywhere else in the film, did they bring up the pro-Nazi connections between Wallis Simpson and the German elite. This is not speculation but historical fact: I have seen the photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor as state guests in Germany greeted by Nazi elite. The rest may be rumor, but this was not and it was absent. Rather than portray Wallis Simpson as a social climbing adulteress, they portray her as a loving wife introduced to the Court of St. James by her husband and wooed by the Prince of Wales. No explanation is given why a Baltimore businessman would be a guest at a royal function. However, when Wallis accepts an invitation to spend a quiet weekend alone with the Prince of Wales, she willingly enters what is obviously a set up for seduction. Then later in the film, she is portrayed as shocked when her husband confesses a long time affair and asks for a divorce. Later,Edward defends her in her two divorces as being the victim. How is a woman who has committed adultery the victim in a divorce ending a wedding of convenience as hinted at several times in the script? This was not an unbiased film portraying the facts of the Wallis Simpson affair, but a romanticized fiction of a true love story of two people (although both are committing adultery as a man courting a married woman). If "The King's Speech" is a better researched, historically more accurate film, then Edward was an irresponsible, self centered, self indulgent man with little respect for the institution of the royal family. In "Wallis and Simpson", Edward is portrayed as a kind, loving, honest man who wanted to modernize the institution of monarchy. I can not believe that one is fiction and the other accurate while at the same time that the true character of Edward lay somewhere in between. Even if you feel that "The King's Speech" was unfair to Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, they were both guilty of adultery and by law Edward VIII could not marry Wallis Simpson and be king. Yet, the script of this film misleads us into thinking that Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth (the late Queen Mother) were cold and calculating in trying to separate Edward VIII from the love of his life. When Edward tells Wallis that she is the Duchess of Windsor, but not an HRH, Wallis makes a quip that she is sure that Queen Mary and Elizabeth had something to do with it. How would an American divorcée married to the former king be entitled to the the title HRH? Princess Diana lost this formal address when she and Charles divorced, though she remained Princess Diana, the Princess of Wales. In all, there were so many of these omissions, errors and glosses over character flaws that I believe that the writers wanted a love story with a sad ending rather than a historical film depicting the affair that brought Britain to crisis in 1936. My final opinion that this made for television Canadian film is what is seems: a soap opera love story and not a historical film. I will stick to "The King's Speech" as a historical, researched film depicting the Wallis Simpson affair and the abdication of Edward VIII to marry a woman that British law precluded as acceptable wife for the king.


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