Bequest to the Nation (film)

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Bequest to the Nation
Bequest to the Nation FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by James Cellan Jones
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
Written by Terence Rattigan
Starring Glenda Jackson
Peter Finch
Michael Jayston
Anthony Quayle
Music by Michel Legrand
Cinematography Gerry Fisher
Edited by Anne V. Coates
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • 18 April 1973 (1973-04-18) (New York City)
Running time
118 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Bequest to the Nation is a 1973 British historical drama film directed by James Cellan Jones and starring Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch, Michael Jayston and Margaret Leighton.[1] It is based on the 1970 Terence Rattigan play A Bequest to the Nation. The film depicts the relationship between Admiral Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton during the Napoleonic Wars plus others they would meet, including Nelson's nephew: the story takes place before Nelson's heading out to sea for the battle of Trafalgar. In the United States, it was released as The Nelson Affair.



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