A VOYAGE ROUND MY FATHER
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John ages, marries Elizabeth (Jane Asher-'Brideshead Revisited'), and the father/son relationship continues sometimes in conflict, sometimes humorous, sometimes surprising. This, as often in stories with these 2 actors, makes the viewer think and become engaged in the intellect of the characters. Elizabeth Sellars ('Shiralee') plays Clifford's wife, John's mother.
The DVD reminds you sometimes of a play format (this was adapted from the original stage play), except the sets are much more elaborate and much of the footage was actually done on the English estate of the writer, in Oxfordshire. The countryside is beautiful, as rewarding as the performances. _________SUBTITLES are available.
The writer, John Clifford Mortimer, the man who created "Rumpole of the Bailey", obviously used his own real life as a divorce lawyer like his father's divorce law practice, John's sight problems, and even his statement about being raised "entirely on the profits of adultery" a dialogue line used in the performance.Read more ›
(Or why the old man can be such an inveterate stinker).Certainly worth watching.
Well worth watching at least once.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a fan of Laurence Olivier this is an absolute must have. The whole cast are superb and the setting wonderful.Published 5 months ago by Gillian Asher
I like John Mortimer. I read somewhere that this British TV movie was shot where John Mortimer grew up with his parents, where the events of the movie really took place at least... Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Nancy Hall
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 on March 5, 2013 by Bert vanC Bailey
I can't agree with the reviewer who found this movie dark and depressing (as if a good story HAS to be cheerful). Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by Frank R. Southerington