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Joseph Andrews (1977)

Lady Booby alias "Belle" (Ann-Margret), the lively wife of the fat landed squire Sir Thomas Booby (Peter Bull), has a lusty eye on the attractive, intelligent villager Joseph Andrews (Peter... See full summary »

Director:

Tony Richardson

Writers:

Tony Richardson (screen story), Allan Scott (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann-Margret ... Lady Booby
Peter Firth ... Joseph Andrews
Michael Hordern ... Parson Adams
Beryl Reid ... Mrs. Slipslop
Jim Dale ... The Pedlar
Natalie Ogle ... Fanny
Peter Bull ... Sir Thomas Booby
Kenneth Cranham ... The Wicked Squire
Karen Dotrice ... Pamela
James Villiers ... Mr. Booby
Norman Rossington ... Gaffer Andrews
Patsy Rowlands ... Gammer Andrews
Murray Melvin ... Beau Didapper
Ronald Pickup ... Mr. Wilson
Penelope Wilton ... Mrs. Wilson
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Lady Booby alias "Belle" (Ann-Margret), the lively wife of the fat landed squire Sir Thomas Booby (Peter Bull), has a lusty eye on the attractive, intelligent villager Joseph Andrews (Peter Firth), a Latin pupil and protégé of Parson Adams (Sir Michael Hordern), and makes him their footman. Joseph's heart belongs to a country girl, foundling Fanny Goodwill (Natalie Ogle), but his masters take him on a fashionable trip to Bath, where the spoiled society comes mainly to see and be seen, yet Sir Thomas really seeks relief for his sick foot, but drowns in the famous Roman baths. When the all but grieving lady finds Joseph's Christian virtue and true love resist her lusting passes just as well as the many ladies who fancy her footman, she fires the boy. On his way back on foot, he falls prey to highwaymen who rob him of everything, even the clothes on his back. He's found and nursed by an innkeeper's maid, which stirs lusts there, again besides his honorable conduct, but is found by the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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A lady's secrets. A servant's lust. A lover's betrayal.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Theatrical movie debut of Dame Penelope Wilton (Mrs. Wilson). See more »


Soundtracks

Pedlar's Life
Traditional
Lyrics by Robert Stewart (as Bob Stewart)
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A gleeful 18th century romp
7 April 2005 | by jimchevaSee all my reviews

There's one or two disturbing moments in this film, but overall a very British earthiness is apparent in the rhythm, tone, and incidents of the film. The costumes and make-up are both a delight and (as best I know) historically accurate. Not that they're always wearing costumes.... Lots of top notch English actors (Peter Firth, young - and ludicrously pretty - here, hasn't stopped since). The reversals of fortune probably owe more to Fielding than the scriptwriter, and are a reminder that soap opera has a long history, under whatever name. -- For those who don't understand the term "double entendre", the shot of Ann-Margret's character lovingly swallowing the full length of an asparagus dipped in oil should about clear it up.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$839,865

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$839,865
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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