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Sweet William (1980)

R | | Drama, Romance | April 1980 (UK)
A young woman has a perfect love affair with a zealous writer. When she finds out that he's also a highly manipulative womanizer, it's too late - she's already too much in love to quit him. Things start to get really complicated.

Director:

Claude Whatham

Writers:

Beryl Bainbridge (novel), Beryl Bainbridge (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Waterston ... William McClusky
Jenny Agutter ... Ann Walton
Anna Massey ... Edna McClusky
Arthur Lowe ... Captain Walton
Geraldine James ... Pamela
Daphne Oxenford Daphne Oxenford ... Mrs. Walton
Peter Dean Peter Dean ... Roddy
Rachel Bell ... Mrs. Kershaw
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Gerald
Emma Bakhle Emma Bakhle ... Daisy Kershaw
Victoria Fairbrother ... Sheila
Ivor Roberts Ivor Roberts ... Uncle Walter
Joan Cooper Joan Cooper ... Aunt Bee
Sara Clee Sara Clee ... Actress
Melvyn Bragg ... Himself
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A young woman has a perfect love affair with a zealous writer. When she finds out that he's also a highly manipulative womanizer, it's too late - she's already too much in love to quit him. Things start to get really complicated.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dulce William See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Costnerian Waterston Torture
14 May 2006 | by defiler_jrSee all my reviews

This could easily have been a passable drama, with the inestimable Jenny Agutter only vaguely evoking fluffier roles.

However, Sam Waterston's rendition of a Scottish accent is among the most gloriously inept ever barely mustered. Perhaps admirably, he decides to under-do it, but to the point of basically forgetting.

It's so laughably bad as to be utterly distracting: you can hardly pay attention for wondering why the story needs his character to be Scottish at all.

I wondered if the jarring incongruity was supposed to be some kind of crap metaphor for, or parallel to, his transparent duplicity, and all the English characters were pretending not to notice for some reason. As it turns out, the English *actors* were pretending not to notice, which ultimately ups the crap stakes considerably.

Maybe there are so few non-native actors who can actually pull it off, casting directors can't concern themselves with such minor details. Or maybe they just have no ear for it, like an A&R rep who thinks Pat Boone's "Enter Sandman" is the original version. And by Metallica.

"She cannat take much morrrrrrre, captain!"


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