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Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1990)

Four victims of a stock swindle meet and plot to get their money back from the crooked financier responsible. Each man, an Oxford professor, a Harley Street physician, an art dealer and a ... See full summary »

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Clive Donner

Writers:

Sherman Yellen (teleplay), Jeffrey Archer (novel)
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Credited cast:
Ed Begley Jr. ... Stephen Bradley
François-Eric Gendron ... Jean-Pierre Lamanns
Brian Protheroe Brian Protheroe ... James Brigsley
Nicholas Jones ... Dr. Robin Oakley
Maryam d'Abo ... Anne Summerton
Jenny Agutter ... Jill Albery
Edward Asner ... Harvey Metcalfe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arhlene Allan Arhlene Allan ... Brigitta
Harry Audley Harry Audley ... Trevor
David Bedard David Bedard ... Sotheby's Auctioneer
Alan Bennion Alan Bennion ... Ritz Doorman
Jonathan Brook Jonathan Brook ... Charles
Caroline Burt Caroline Burt ... Woman at Auction
Mel Cobb Mel Cobb ... Harvard Club waiter
Nicholas Colicos Nicholas Colicos ... David Kesler
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Four victims of a stock swindle meet and plot to get their money back from the crooked financier responsible. Each man, an Oxford professor, a Harley Street physician, an art dealer and a British aristocrat deploy their individual talents in elaborate stings to get back "Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less". Written by Jim Sadur <jsadur@keyflux.com>

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The swindle of the decade becomes the sting of the century.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Es ist nicht alles Gold, was glänzt See more »

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Runtime:

| (4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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20 November 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Jeffrey Archer was so chuffed that the BBC wanted to adapt his first novel that he sold the television rights for one penny.

This is the book this is apparently based on his own experience as Archer was himself made bankrupt in the 1970s however in light of subsequent events about him I guess I would not readily buy into him being an innocent victim.

Ed Asner plays Metcalfe a ruthless financier and swindler. Four his victims of a stock swindle plot to get their money back from him. The men, an Oxford professor, a Harley Street physician, an art dealer and a British aristocrat are conveniently blessed with skills to set up their sting.

This was an expensive BBC and US co production with several American stars. The tone is rather camp, the acting is slightly over the top. Ed Begley seems a little lost in all these while Ed Asner seems to get the brief right, just about staying in the right side of hammy.

Ironically the BBC parodied their own adaptation in arts programme The Late Show where they reduced it to two minutes which was actually just as good, if not better and certainly cheaper.

Still it was rather enjoyable camp.


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