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The Fool (1990)

A costume drama / satire about financial skull-duggery, and confidence tricksters in both the upper and lower classes in Victorian London. A working class man impersonates a lord who is ... See full summary »

Director:

Christine Edzard

Writers:

Christine Edzard (screenplay), Olivier Stockman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Mr. Frederick / Sir John
Cyril Cusack ... The Ballad Seller
Ruth Mitchell Ruth Mitchell ... The Girl
Maria Aitken ... Lady Amelia
Irina Brook ... Georgiana Shillibeer
Paul Brooke ... Lord Paramount
Richard Caldicot ... Duke
James Cairncross James Cairncross ... Mr. Trott
Jim Carter ... Mr. Blackthorn
Jonathan Cecil Jonathan Cecil ... Sir Martin Locket
Maria Charles Maria Charles ... The Pure Gatherer
Richard Clifford ... George Locket
James Cosmo ... Mr. Bowring
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mrs. Harris
Chris Darwin Chris Darwin ... Theatre Doorman
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A costume drama / satire about financial skull-duggery, and confidence tricksters in both the upper and lower classes in Victorian London. A working class man impersonates a lord who is supposedly very rich and a financial wizard. As such he is invited to all the best peoples' parties. In fact he is not and his wealth and expertise are more in the minds of his associates than in reality. Interestingly, despite the large social gap between the two classes, there are many similarities in what goes on in both within this story. This can be seen as the main character switches back and forth between his charade as a peer and his real self. Written by Blair Stannard <stannard@sonetis.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1990 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El especulador See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Last film performances of both Sir Michael Hordern and Paul Burke. See more »

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extraordinary
14 July 2000 | by spammerboxSee all my reviews

An extraordinary film from Christine Edzard, who also directed Little Dorrit. The film has an atmospheric, almost Dickensian ambience. Jacobi is superb, underplaying his dual roles while clearly establishing two different characters. The supporting cast, especially Cyril Cusack, is also--forgive the repetition--superb. The subtle social satire regarding the haves' attitudes toward the havenots (and vice versa), is clearly relevant today.


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