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The humorous, heartwarming story of a most peculiar family
Before creating the beloved courtroom drama Rumpole of the Bailey, writer John Mortimer found inspiration in his own life for this portrait of a difficult but enduring love between father and son in mid-20th-century Britain. Screen legend Laurence Olivier stars as the eccentric patriarch--a blind barrister so stubborn and cantankerous that he refuses to acknowledge his sightlessness. Alan Bates (Gosford Park) portrays his devoted son, who follows his father’s footsteps in the law while longing to become a writer, with Jane Asher (Brideshead Revisited) as his wife.
Adapted for the screen by Mortimer himself and filmed largely on location at his family estate in bucolic Oxfordshire, this production garnered multiple awards, including an International Emmy® for best drama. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, it captures the special bond between father and son, which at times seems unbearable--but ultimately proves unbreakable.
A fine made-for-TV film about John Mortimer's fictionalized recollections of his father. And Mortimer's really the shining star in this - which you'll like if you know the Rumpole... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bert vanC Bailey
This well-written telemovie by John Mortimer about his barrister father is meticulously filmed and cast. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Charles Lempriere
I first saw clips from this film as part of a documentary on Olivier, and have been waiting for it ever since. I was by no means disappointed. Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by John D. Steyers