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The Clothes in the Wardrobe 

Margaret would really rather become a nun than a housewife, but the wedding is all arranged, the guests have begun to arrive, so what can be done?


Waris Hussein




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lena Headey ... Margaret
Padraig O'Loinsigh ... Nour (as Padraig Casey)
Britta Smith Britta Smith ... Mother Joseph
Catherine Schell ... Marie-Claire
Pierre Sioufi Pierre Sioufi ... Ahmed
Sherine El Ansari Sherine El Ansari ... Gypsy Girl
Julie Walters ... Monica
David Threlfall ... Syl
Joan Plowright ... Mrs. Monro
Jeanne Moreau ... Lili
Annabel Burton Annabel Burton ... Margaret as a Child
Maggie Steed ... Mrs. Raffald
John Wood ... Robert
David Gant ... Gallery Owner
Tommy Duggan Tommy Duggan ... Father O'Flynn


Boy meets Girl in Egypt. Girl is profoundly affected and returns to England where she apathetically becomes engaged to the 'boy' next door. A thoroughly unsuited couple. Lili, an old family friend arrives for the nuptials and enchants all and sundry, including the wife of one of her previous liaisons. Lili sees what the groom and the brides mother refuse to see and manages to resolve the situation to the brides great satisfaction. Written by SAK Farmer

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england | egypt | based on novel | See All (3) »




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Release Date:

20 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Summer House See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$161,542, 26 December 1993

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title was changed to "The Summer House" when this film was released in cinemas in the USA. See more »


Lili: I always hoped to die youmg, but now it's too late.
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Slow, but worth it
12 September 2014 | by violetta1485See all my reviews

This movie requires some patience. We can see that Margaret is torn between the heat and sensuality of Egypt and the chilly convention of England, but what is causing her listless progress towards a wedding with someone she clearly does not love? Is it the result of religious guilt over her own repressed desires? Is she on the rebound from an implied failed romance in the past? Or is it something more serious? During the film, she grows increasingly reluctant to marry her rather repellent fiancé. But if she doesn't marry him, what should she do instead?

Eventually, our questions are answered--and so are Margaret's.

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