An Ibsen masterpiece to say the least. An engrossing and brilliant film interpretation of Ibsen's play. Although entitled 'the wild duck', the story centers not on the duck but the domestic home of the Ackland's. With life just blissful for the 3 generation Ackland family, along came a self righteous sanctimonious do-gooder old friend, Greg Wardel, who surfaced after 17 years of absence. Although Greg had self righteous good intensions, he inadvertently wrecked havoc on the Ackland's family blissful picture perfect life completely by revealing the dark secrets of Gina's (Liv Ullman) pre.marriage past' down the throat of his best friend Harold (Jeremy Iron) with shocking tragic consequences. Greg preached that 'the truth is the most important thing in life and only living with the truth can one achieve true happiness.' cannot be further from the truth with the train wreak he caused from his blabber mouth. Such an adage or principle is not universally true as we saw in Harold (Jeremy Irons) and Gina Ackland's (Liv Ullman) case. Nobody needs to reveal everything about themselves to the world if the object is deceive or commit perjury. 'The need to know principle' works better in our imperfect world that is filled, with envy, hate, selfishness and inferiority complex.