The Wicked Lady (1983 film)

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The Wicked Lady
The Wicked Lady FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Michael Winner
Produced by Yoram Globus
Menahem Golan
Written by Leslie Arliss
Gordon Glennon
Magdalen King-Hall
Aimée Stuart
Michael Winner
Starring Faye Dunaway
Alan Bates
John Gielgud
Denholm Elliott
Hugh Millais
Music by Tony Banks
Cinematography Jack Cardiff
Edited by Michael Winner
Distributed by MGM/UA
Release date
22 July 1983
Running time
98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $8 million (est.)[1]
Box office $724,912[1]

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.[2] 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.



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.[5]

The film received a Razzie Award nomination for Faye Dunaway as Worst Actress.[6]


The soundtrack for the movie was composed by Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks.


  1. ^ a b Andrew Yule, Hollywood a Go-Go: The True Story of the Cannon Film Empire, Sphere Books, 1987 p43-45
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Wicked Lady". Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  3. ^ Walker, Tim (5 February 2013). "Why Michael Winner was never a ladies' man". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  4. ^ Full cast of The Wicked Lady at the Internet Movie Database.
  5. ^ Evans, Peter (19 July 2007). "Mark Burns". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Razzie Awards for 1984 at the Internet Movie Database.

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