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Boisterous and brimming with energy, Oliver Goldsmith’s funniest and most famous play finds new life in this scrupulously faithful screen adaptation. The plot centers on Kate--a well-bred, whip-smart lass who passes herself off as a barmaid to win the heart of her stuffy suitor. Full of mistaken identities and multiple deceptions, the play pokes fun at the various masks we all wear in social situations and proves as relevant now as it did when it debuted in 1773. Along the way, Goldsmith’s conniving characters learn much about the nature of true love.
Filmed entirely at a 17th-century English manor house, this production escapes the confines of the stage and enlivens Goldsmith’s witty text in every scene. The stellar cast includes Mark Dexter (The Bill, From Hell), Roy Marsden (Devices and Desires), acclaimed newcomer Susannah Fielding, and veteran stage actors Polly Hemingway and Ian Redford.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURE INCLUDES A Gooseberry Fool: Oliver Goldsmith Stoops to Conquer, a lively 50-minute documentary on the writer’s life, work, and humor.
Shakespearean period piece by Oliver Goldsmith. A comedy of the misadventures of an English family. Costuming is outstanding. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Neither Shakespeare nor W.S. Gilbert could write a funnier comedy of errors, which gives you that "bubbly" feeling throughout. Read morePublished on May 5, 2011 by Makarios
This on-location performance is dull and unimaginative. The production values are poor and the costumes look to be of Amdram quality. Read morePublished on July 28, 2010 by Fatjack
I liked the dress and the talk, but thought that the leading man wasn't as convincing in his role as
the leading lady. Read more
I have just finished watching this film and have a big headache from the noisy shrieking mother's voice towards the end of the film. Read morePublished on October 9, 2009 by Fran W.
This comedy is well worth watching, but obviously requires a willingness to be entertained by human folly of a lite and frothy nature. Read morePublished on May 29, 2009 by John Wilson