Director: Tony Richardson Cast: Albert Finney, Susannah York, George Devine, Rachel Kempson, Jack MacGowran, Diane Cilento, Peter Bull, David Warner, Hugh Griffith, Joyce Redman, Angela Baddeley, Edith Evans
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (Tony Richardson); Best Adapted Screenplay (John Osborne); Best Substantially Original Score (John Addison)
Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Albert Finney); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Hugh Griffith); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Diane Cilento); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Edith Evans); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Joyce Redman); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Colour
I First Saw In: 2015
Synopsis: A base-born womanizer falls for a noble girl, while trying to the truth about the nature of his birth.
Did You Know? Hugh Griffith was reportedly drunk throughout much of the production; the scene in which his horse falls on him was not planned, and many believed that he was only saved by virtue of his inebriated condition. The film incorporated every frame of footage before rescuers entered the frame to save him.
And now a Word from the Guise:
Wow. I was not prepared for all terrible this movie is. It’s just really, really not good. I couldn’t keep track of the story because it wasn’t remotely engaging. It was unfocused and all over the place. Plus, there was the fact that young Albert Finney looks terribly similar to Donald Trump, who is easily the most awful human in the country. But that’s neither here nor there. The only thing I liked about this movie was the opening scene, because it was done quite hilariously as a parody of silent films.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233