Lost Empires (1987)





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This seven-part British miniseries was based on J.B. Priestley's autobiographical novel, originally published in 1965. Colin Firth starred as Richard Herncastle, a young and impressionable Yorkshire lad who in 1913 signed on as assistant to his Uncle Nick (John Castle), a professional magician. During the next year or so, Richard toured with Nick throughout the provinces as part of an Empire Music Hall circuit performing troupe. His delightful and sometimes shocking experiences with his fellow vaudevillians (among them such long-forgotten acts as Dunffield's Dogs and the Musical Tiplows) came to an abrupt end when WWI was declared and Richard was called to the colors. Largely filmed at the old Burton Opera House, which actually did serve as a music hall in years gone by, Lost Empires was telecast by ITV in 1987. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Colin Firth
as Richard Herncastle
John Castle
as Uncle Nick
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Colin Firth broods as drama unfolds behind the scenes of a British theater troop in the early 1900s. Not too bad, a little boring at times. One of Sir Laurence Olivier's last performances.

Brandon Brendel
Brandon Brendel

In 1913 England, a young British lad named Richard moves from the countryside of his youth to experience the glitz, glamour, and excitement of Britain's theatre life as the theatre group performs in major cities in Britain. Colin Firth stars as Richard, the young, naive lad who joins his uncle's troupe and finds intrigue, excitement, and love. Richard grows up along the way. Sir Laurence Olivier co stars. This is a fanciful movie that takes you back to an age of innocence before the Great War. This is one of Mr. Firth's first roles and Colin Firth is superb as usual. You can always bet on a CF film. He brings his unique charm and his speciality is period pieces like Pride and Prejudice. Long but worth the time. A fun trip back to a less cynical era.

Linda Waldrop
Linda Waldrop

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