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The Wicked Lady Reviews

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½ June 22, 2015
ok remake of a 1945 costume actioner
December 30, 2012
Directed by Michael Winner (alarm bells ringing) and produced by Cannon Films (second alarm bell), this is a remake of Leslie Arliss's 1945 film of the same name which in turn was based on The Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton by Magdalen King-Hall. However, instead of doing a new adaptation of the book, Winner just remake the original film with added sex and nudity. How typical of him. Lady Barbara Skelton (Faye Dunaway) has recently married the rich Sir Ralph Skelton (Denholm Elliott), who was originally to have married Barbara's sister Caroline (Glynis Barber), before Barbara seduced Sir Ralph. Despite having many riches and a new found social standing, Barbara is bored with it all, and she turns to highway robbery as a thrill. However, she soon meets another highwayman in Jerry Jackson (Alan Bates), who claims HE has the right to rob the main road, but after a while, they team up and commit robberies together. However, it's not long before the law comes down on them both with force. It's exactly the sort of sleazy filth you would expect from Winner, who had just come off Death Wish 2. You can't imagine this sort of bawdy sexuality happening back then, but Winner just doesn't know when to stop. It's most infamous scene was a scene where Dunaway and Barber go at each other with horsewhips, which was a big problem for the censors here. If Winner had done a more traditional retelling of the book, it might have worked.
November 15, 2009
...but you probably have to be gay or Faye Dunaway.
December 15, 2008
no thanks not my thing
May 22, 2008
Great story, performed very well, but it's kinda boring in some parts...
I like the act and the idea of highway robbery and secret lover.
November 12, 2007
Loved this movie - Oliver Tobias is such a hunk.
August 11, 2007
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.
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