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An Englishman Abroad (1983)

Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a mysterious Englishman. Turns out he's the notorious spy, Guy Burgess. Based on a true story, with Ms. Browne playing herself.

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writer:

Alan Bennett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bates ... Guy Burgess
Coral Browne ... Herself
Charles Gray ... Claudius
Harold Innocent ... Rosencrantz
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Guildenstern
Mark Wing-Davey Mark Wing-Davey ... Hamlet
Douglas Reith ... Toby
Peter Chelsom ... Giles
Judy Gridley Judy Gridley ... Tessa
Denys Hawthorne Denys Hawthorne ... Tailor
Trevor Baxter ... Pyjama Shop Manager
Roger Hammond ... Shoe Shop Assistant
Alexei Jawdokimov Alexei Jawdokimov ... Tolya
Matthew Sim ... The Boy
Molly Veness Molly Veness ... Mrs. Burgess
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Storyline

Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a mysterious Englishman. Turns out he's the notorious spy, Guy Burgess. Based on a true story, with Ms. Browne playing herself. Written by David Spalding <http://korova.com/film>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At the same time in Moscow, Guy Burgess also met with Sir Michael Redgrave, who was playing Hamlet, and who he had known at Cambridge University. A memo from January 9, 1959, declassified in 2014, described their going to a party together and to Burgess' flat, showing that Redgrave had been under surveillance by MI5 for his alleged Communist sympathies for many years. See more »

Goofs

When Coral, in Burgess' flat, says 'The theatre's in a dreadful state', her lips are out of sync. See more »

Quotes

Coral: Outside Shakespeare, the word "treason" to me means nothing - only you pissed in our soup, and we drank it.
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Crazy Credits

[At end of opening credits] "Although some incidents are imaginary... this is a true story. It happened to Coral Browne in 1958." See more »

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One of the greatest stories ever shown on TV.
29 May 2004 | by hflem41828See all my reviews

The story is well outlined in another review, so I will relay a fascinating and true prelude. Coral Browne was a very dear friend and we would often go to early movies, enjoy a dinner and sometimes chat until the wee hours. On one particular evening we ended up in the garden and she said she had a story to tell and she also had great hopes to see it made into a film. Well, she proceeded to relate ( as only she could) this amazing saga. We were spellbound. She then said she wanted Alan Bennett to write the screenplay, Alan Bates to play Burgess and, of course, John Schlesinger to direct. Naturally, she would play herself. Typically, Coral had done it all in her mind and was ready to go. There developed one hitch, Bates was tied up for another film, so the fine actor, Dirk Bogarde, was considered; but as time passed, Bates was free and eagerly joined the project. Coral had her first choices and this group of brilliant film makers turned out a masterpiece... a must see film.


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