The Wicked Lady (1983 film)
|The Wicked Lady|
|Directed by||Michael Winner|
|Produced by||Yoram Globus
|Written by||Leslie Arliss
|Music by||Tony Banks|
|Editing by||Michael Winner|
|Distributed by||Guild Home Video|
|Release date(s)||22 July 1983|
|Running time||98 minutes|
|Budget||$8 million (est.)|
The Wicked Lady is a 1983 British drama film directed by Michael Winner. It was screened out of competition at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival. It is a remake of the 1945 film of the same name, which was one of the popular series of Gainsborough melodramas.
Caroline is to be wed to Sir Ralph and invites her sister Barbara to be her bridesmaid. Barbara seduces Ralph, and marries him herself, but, despite her new wealthy situation, she gets bored and turns to highway robbery for thrills.
While on the road she meets a famous highwayman (Jerry Jackson) and they continue as a team, but some people begin suspecting her identity and she risks death if she continues her nefarious activities.
- Faye Dunaway as Lady Barbara Skelton
- Alan Bates as Jerry Jackson
- John Gielgud as Hogarth
- Denholm Elliott as Sir Ralph Skelton
- Prunella Scales as Lady Kingsclere
- Oliver Tobias as Kit Locksby
- Glynis Barber as Caroline
- Joan Hickson as Aunt Agatha
- Helena McCarthy as Moll Skelton
- Mollie Maureen as Doll Skelton
- Derek Francis as Lord Kingsclere
- Marina Sirtis as Jackson's Girl
- Nicholas Gecks as Ned Cotterell
- Hugh Millais as Uncle Martin
- John Savident as Squire Thornton
- Marc Sinden as Lord Dolman
- Mark Burns as King Charles II
The actor Mark Burns appeared in The Wicked Lady as King Charles II, but during the filming director Michael Winner could not afford to pay him even the Equity union minimum fee. Burns told him to make a donation to the Police Memorial Trust, which was run by Winner. Years later when Burns appeared at a magistrates court on a charge of speeding, Winner, appearing as a character witness, told the bench that the actor had given "his entire fee" for a major film to the fund and Burns was subsequently discharged.
- Andrew Yule, Hollywood a Go-Go: The True Story of the Cannon Film Empire, Sphere Books, 1987 p43-45
- "Festival de Cannes: The Wicked Lady". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
- "Mark Burns". The Guardian (London). 19 July 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
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