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It's the story of the affair between Edward, Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, and Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American twice-married divorcee. It starts just before he meets her and ends shortly after he abdicates the British throne to marry "the woman I love." He became the Duke of Windsor and she his Duchess. It was probably the biggest story of its time. The program runs for six 60 minute installments. Because of the style, the acting and the story of these two people, who are so self-indulgent and so obtuse (on his part) and so calculating and brittle (on her part), it never seems boring.
Edward, played by Edward Fox, is a man of great charm and handsome appearance, a man girls swoon over and men wish to be like. He's also privileged, unselfconsciously selfish and not really too bright. He's a man who seems most comfortable with older women, women who can cosset and coo over him. His mistresses have all been older and married. Edward Fox, a fine actor, is wonderful in the part. (For those who might not recognize his name, he was the Jackal in The Day of the Jackal). Wallis, played by Cynthia Harris, is a woman who can seem hard and even scheming, but who also has some vulnerability about her that makes her at least somewhat sympathetic.Read more ›
I was delighted to learn that A&E has restored the 1978 mini-series, "Edward & Mrs. Simpson" in a boxed set of two DVDs (AAE 71753). In seven episodes of 50 minutes each, it tells the tale of how Edward (Edward Fox) first runs into Wallis Simpson (Cynthia Harris), becomes obsessed with her, drives all of the higher-ups in the British government half mad seeking ways to satisfy their master and at the same time stopping a marriage which could not constitutionally exist.
As scripted, Simpson is no sympathetic character but a woman used to getting what she wants, even if it is the next King of England. Unhappily, Edward (who is called David throughout the series) is shown to be a spoiled brat who often puts his pleasures before his duties; and by the time one might really feel sorry for him, some can only say, "What did you expect?" and "You got what you thoroughly deserved."
As fine as Fox and Harris are as actors, there is none of that special "chemistry" needed to convince us that these two were (or at least that he was) so madly obsessed with each other. And while there is much talk about how fascinating Wallis was to all who met her, the viewer hardly sees anything matching that description.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The only problem was that somehow the DVD case arrived cracked. The DVD's were fine.Published 2 months ago by Chris Richardson
After having read so much on this subject, I was so looking forward to watching this. It was terrible. I kept falling asleep; it just couldn't hold my attention. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cynthia Dee Wilson
The best version of this Edward & Wallace story ever done - subsequent remakes are nowhere near as good. The multi-episodes allowed the story to be more fully presented. Read morePublished 3 months ago by VACATLADY
This is THE BEST depiction of the abdication story. If you are a fan of English history or just of the ever fascinating story of Wallis and Edward, you will love it!!Published 6 months ago by r squared
I feel like the series was well written, and covered a lot of the details.Published 6 months ago by Valerie S
This series was so well done I felt like I was a fly on the wall witnessing things I had no business seeing...their romance, the abdication and their marriage. Fascinating!Published 11 months ago by S. Williams