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The Millionairess


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Product Details

  • Actors: Maggie Smith, Tom Baker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E8JNQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,738 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Millionairess" on IMDb

Special Features

Featurette: Bonus play: Helen Mirren and Prunella Scales appear in The Apple Cart, a Shaw play set forty years in the futur where the king must match wits with an unruly mistress and a cabinet seeking to transform the nation into a constitutional monarchy. Featurette: Bonus play: Helen Mirren and Prunella Scales appear in The Apple Cart, a Shaw play set forty years in the futur where the king must match wits with an unruly mistress and a cabinet seeking to transform the nation into a constitutional monarchy. Featurette: Bonus play: Helen Mirren and Prunella Scales appear in The Apple Cart, a Shaw play set forty years in the futur where the king must match wits with an unruly mistress and a cabinet seeking to transform the nation into a constitutional monarchy. Featurette: Bonus play: Helen Mirren and Prunella Scales appear in The Apple Cart, a Shaw play set forty years in the futur where the king must match wits with an unruly mistress and a cabinet seeking to transform the nation into a constitutional monarchy.

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Millionairess, The (Shaw Collection, The) (DVD)

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Though Bernard Shaw's The Millionairess may rank among his lesser works, it is given a top-drawer staging in this 1972 BBC production. Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, California Suite) is priceless as Epifania Ognisanti di Parerga Fitzfassenden, a woman every bit as impossible as her name. Epifania, "a woman brought up on seven figures" is, as her amused lawyer observes, "a comic figure in her misery." Her feckless husband has taken up with a more affectionate younger woman. Epifania's own "Sunday wife" (Charles Gray from Rocky Horror Picture Show) is an equally worthless chap. But she meets her match in a principled and idealistic English doctor (Tom Baker of Dr. Who fame) who challenges her to transform 35 shillings into her own fortune. The play's farcical first act is best, with the assorted couples and companions descending on the lawyer's office. Things bog down a bit with the introduction of the good doctor, but to watch the incomparable Smith tackle this most juicy of roles as "the most interesting woman in England," for whom money means power, security, and freedom, is "legitimate bliss." --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews

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The production values aren't always top-notch, but the acting is typically quite good.
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The DVD came in a timely manner and the packaging was fine.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

121 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Gerard D. Launay on August 23, 2006
When one gets tired of the violence, sex, and quite frankly,

impermissible bad language in modern films, it's nice to go back to someone who knows how to use language. eg. George Bernard Shaw. This movie was done (poorly) with Sophia Loren and

Peter Sellers...but I adored the play with Maggie Smith. Oh...how she dominates her role. At once, we understand how magnificent a star she is. She plays the richest woman in England who is obsessed with getting what she wants, and having the cash to do it. She is beautiful and arrogant yet brilliant in the ways of capitalism. When she is given the challenge of

getting a job and supporting herself without her wealth, well,

she can do it because she understands money. Indeed she walks into businesses and transforms them into profitable enterprises. Whether the impact of her changes hurts the poor or middle class is of no concern to her...profitability is the key. This is a wonderful production and is a MUST for any Maggie Smith fan.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Pamela G. Maher on April 16, 2009
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I've always been a huge fan of Maggie Smith, and she is wickedly good as Epifania Ognisanti di Parerga Fitzfassenden, The Millionairess. Jeez, what a mouthful. My complaint, which doesn't entirely spoil the film, is the mediocre quality of the BBC production. The sound is a trifle off, and it feels like it's taking place on an echoey stage, which it is. Having said that, Maggie's performance is tremendous, and almost overcomes the spotty production.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michal Zahálka on July 29, 2007
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The Millionairess has always been one of my favorite plays by Bernard Shaw (along with Pygmalion and Caesar and Cleopatra) and this BBC production of it is definitely worth your money.

Dame Maggie Smith is absolutely perfect as Epifania and, as expected, steals the show and runs away with it. The rest of the cast is perfect as well, with the possible exception of Charles Gray as Adrian, who didn't really fulfil my expectations of the character.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. Coffin on September 5, 2008
This is an excellent production. If you are at all interested in this, I recommend getting "The Shaw Collection" DVD set instead. These are a series of televised BBC "Play of the Month". The production values aren't always top-notch, but the acting is typically quite good. The direction and sets are very stage-like as opposed to a TV or cinema movie.
This would be more enjoyable for Shaw, literature, or theater fans than your average public. Maggie Smith does a fantastic job. The rest of the cast is excellent. I haven't read the play so I don't know if anything was changed. The first time I tried watching it, I fell asleep several times. The next time I watched it I was glued to the screen.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dayest on April 16, 2012
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Maggie Smith is one of the great old Ladies of the British Stage and Screen. Their movies have a certain style and flair about them that seems to make them special, and maybe a little corny too. This one is no different. A Millionaires go to a Barrister to make sure her prize fighter husband can not get any of her money because he is running around on her, can't divorce because of the scandal. In walks the husband with his girlfriend to the same Barrister. Corny enough yet, not quiet until her gentleman friend comes to the same Barrister. A laugh a minute.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine on July 20, 2013
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I love my movie collection 97% was bought from amazon I will continue to collect and I do from this sight and all movies were in excellent condition whether bought pre-owned or brand new not once did I receive a broke or scratched movie . Just make sure you read about the seller that they have good scores and reviews.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Commenter77 on February 26, 2014
Having just viewed Ms. Smith's other project for this same year, "Travels With My Aunt," it is quite interesting to compare this television project, both being about a similar type of woman. For me, this one is the shining star and deserved the big budget film treatment given to "Travels," which did not go over with me. Both were "knock yourself out" parts with an over-the-top type of woman. Again, there is such a notable difference in Ms. Smith's portrayals. In this one, she definitely exhibits the energy, but successfully I thought. In "Travels," the aplomb was a bomb. I was actually embarrassed for her. It was an era of wacky and outlandish characters and doings with, again, at least one high energy character. For me, this production carried it off without chewing up the scenery. Definitely interested in revisits here, but nevermore for the annoying "Travels," Ms. Smith's painful parts included. However, that one is a rare exception for the wonderfully versatile and capable star performer. [Note: "Millionairess" is worth it just for the dual fur flaps in the face at the beginning. Indeed, NO ONE can assault a staircase like Epifania. :)]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By drice on June 17, 2013
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Was hard at first to under stand but after I caught on it was a great film Maggie Smith was great as she always is...
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