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Something for Everyone (1970)

R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | June 1971 (UK)
Konrad Ludwig (Michael York), a handsome country boy in post-war Austria, charms his way into a butler position at the castle of widowed Countess Herthe von Ornstein (Dame Angela Lansbury),... See full summary »

Director:

Harold Prince

Writers:

Harry Kressing (novel), Hugh Wheeler (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Countess Herthe von Ornstein
Michael York ... Konrad Ludwig
Anthony Higgins ... Helmuth Von Ornstein (as Anthony Corlan)
Heidelinde Weis ... Anneliese Pleschke
Jane Carr ... Lotte Von Ornstein
Eva Maria Meineke ... Mrs. Pleschke
John Gill John Gill ... Mr. Pleschke
Wolfried Lier ... Klaus
Klaus Havenstein Klaus Havenstein ... Rudolph
Walter Janssen ... Father Georg
Erik Jelde Erik Jelde ... Bit Part
Despo Diamantidou ... Bobby (as Despo)
Enzi Fuchs Enzi Fuchs ... Waitress
Erland Erlandsen Erland Erlandsen ... Schoenfeld
Hans Pössenbacher Hans Pössenbacher ... Carl
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Storyline

Konrad Ludwig (Michael York), a handsome country boy in post-war Austria, charms his way into a butler position at the castle of widowed Countess Herthe von Ornstein (Dame Angela Lansbury), who lost her fortune. Before long, the opportunistic boy is running the entire household. As he starts affairs with the Countess' son, Helmuth (Anthony Higgins), and Anneliese Pleschke (Heidelinde Weis), the daughter of wealthy businessman Mr. Pleschke (John Gill), the idea grows to get his two lovers to marry each other and make the house rich again. Written by Chris Abbenhuis <keller@telebyte.nl>

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...the basic black comedy See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Something for Everyone See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$297,492
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinema Center Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the action is supposed to take place in Austria, the castle is in fact located in Germany. It is the famous Neuschwanstein castle, in Bayern. See more »

Quotes

Lotte Von Ornstein: There's nothing like a piece of pre-breakfast chocolate cake!
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Connections

Referenced in Plaza Suite (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Das kleine Rendezvous
Written by Karl Schachinger and Max Schachinger
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Angela at her Best, Michael York at his most interesting
22 September 2002 | by doned88See all my reviews

"Something for Everyone"'s plot has already been described. So, I'll REVIEW it instead. Angela Lansbury wonderfully typlifies the aristocracy that existed at the end of WW II..and someplaces, even today...at least in some people's minds.

York's character, Konrad, is both charming and convincingly conniving doing whatever he has to do to achieve his goal. "Can you sleep with anyone?" , Helmut asks. "If I have to" Konrad answers.

Angela has two specific speeches that leave you breathless...making the dialog pure prose, or if you will, Arias. Her struting, expressions and attitude make the basic point of the film more obvious and comedic.

York is as smilingly disarming as the rouge as Matt Damon was in "Ripley --". Anthony Higgons as Helmut was convincing too. But something must have ended up on the editing floor that would have helped his participation.

Hal Prince's talent direction is wonderful, but either the camera direction or editing is somewhat ordinary at times.

Music theme is by John Kandor (Kandor-Webb who created "New York, New York" and "Cabaret")is fun, memorable and perfect for the film's style time and content. However, I wished Hal Prince had him underscore the film....at times the film is slow and needs some mood music.

"Something for Everyone" is an overseen classic - storywise and performance wise. I had the chance to express my opinion to Angela and she smiled wonderfully at me. York too told me he loved the character and the story and like me, wished the film got more notice.


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