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The Wicked Lady (1983)

The Wicked Lady





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Faye Dunaway stars in Michael Winner's labored re-make of the 1945 swashbuckler, which was co-scripted by Leslie Arliss, the original director of the 1945 film. Dunaway is Lady Barbara Skelton, a lady of the royal class, who becomes a highway robber, taking up with Captain Jerry Jackson (Alan Bates), a highwayman and her lover. Because of a notorious whiping scene in which Lady Barbara and Jackson's girlfriend (Marina Sirtis) take horsewhips to one another, tearing their clothing to strategically-placed ribbons, the film was held back from release because Winner refused to cut the salacious footage. After corralling author Kingsley Amis, and directors John Schlesinger, Karel Reisz, and Lindsay Anderson to attest to the redeeming social value of the scene, the scene stayed in the film. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Leslie Arliss, Michael Winner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 20, 2015

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Faye Dunaway
as Lady Barbara Skelton
Alan Bates
as Jerry Jackson
John Gielgud
as Hogarth
Denholm Elliott
as Sir Ralph Skelton
Prunella Scales
as Lady Henrietta Kings...
Oliver Tobias
as Kit Locksby
Glynis Barber
as Caroline
Joan Hickson
as Aunt Agatha
Helena McCarthy
as Moll Skelton
Mollie Maureen
as Doll Skelton
Marina Sirtis
as Jackson's girl
Nicholas Gecks
as Ned Cotterell
Guinevere John
as Landlady at Inn
Terence Mountain
as Law Officer
Derek Francis
as Lord Kingsclere
John Savident
as Squire Thorton
Dermot Walsh
as Lord Marwood
Mark Sinden
as Lord Dolman
Mark Burns
as Charles II
Teresa Codling
as Nell Gwynne
David Gant
as Clergyman at Church
Ewen Solon
as Clergyman at Tyburn
Roger Brierley
as Clergymen at Tyburn ...
Arthur Whybrow
as Storyteller at Tybur...
Tony Martin
as Vendor at Tyburn
John Pierce Jones
as Ringleader at Tyburn
Robert Putt
as Man at Tyburn
Malcolm Mudie
as Courtier
Celia Imrie
as Servant at Inn
Ellen Pollock
as Mrs. Munce
Marianne Stone
as Customer in Shop
Catherine Neilson
as Customer in Shop
Fiona McArthur
as Bridesmaid
Pamela Cundell
as Coach Passenger
Maggie Rennie
as Coach Passenger
George Tovey
as Man at Inn
Norman Mitchell
as Man at Inn
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Critic Reviews for The Wicked Lady

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

It's all so delightfully over-the-top that it could only be disliked by persons approaching it as a serious drama.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

July 4, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Wicked Lady

This had a great story line and wonderfully acted, but there was too much nudity added just for the sake of having nude people in the movie and not adding to the plot.

Alexander Morgan

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