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A Little Night Music (1977)

Fredrik Egerman is very happy in his marriage to a seventeen-year-old virgin, Anne. Only she's been a virgin for the whole eleven months of the marriage, and being a bit restless, Fredrik ... See full summary »

Director:

Harold Prince

Writers:

Ingmar Bergman (suggested by: a film by "Sommarnattens leende"), Hugh Wheeler (screenplay)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Desiree Armfeldt
Diana Rigg ... Charlotte Mittelheim
Len Cariou ... Frederick Egerman
Lesley-Anne Down ... Anne Egerman
Hermione Gingold ... Mme. Armfeldt
Laurence Guittard Laurence Guittard ... Carl-Magnus Mittelheim
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Erich Egerman
Lesley Dunlop ... Petra
Chloe Franks ... Fredericka Armfeldt
Heinz Marecek Heinz Marecek ... Frid
Jonathan Tunick Jonathan Tunick ... Conductor
Hubert Tscheppe Hubert Tscheppe ... Franz
Rudolph Schrympf Rudolph Schrympf ... Band Conductor
Franz Schussler Franz Schussler ... The Mayor
Johanna Schussler Johanna Schussler ... The Mayoress
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Storyline

Fredrik Egerman is very happy in his marriage to a seventeen-year-old virgin, Anne. Only she's been a virgin for the whole eleven months of the marriage, and being a bit restless, Fredrik goes to see an old flame, the famous actress Desiree Armfeldt. Desiree is getting tired of her life, and is thinking of settling down, and sets her sights on Fredrik, despite his marriage, and her own married lover Count Carl-Magnus. She gets her mother to invite the Egermans to her country estate for the weekend. But when Carl-Magnus and his wife Charlotte appear, too, things begin to get farcical (Send in the Clowns), and the night must smile for the third time before all the lovers are united. Written by Kathy Li

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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

West Germany | Austria | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1980 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Lächeln einer Sommernacht See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night (1955). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rugrats: King Ten Pin/Runaway Angelica (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Night Waltz
Written by Stephen Sondheim
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Lovely locations and talented performers but a miss
16 May 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

With this much talent on the table this should have been so much better. Liz was a great star, not a singer though, just the wrong actress for the role she should never have been cast. Not only does she not seem comfortable in the role she is not looking her best. It is a shame they didn't cast Glynis Johns in the stage role she created, she would have been perfection as the flighty, melancholy aging actress and she and Hermoine Gingold make sense as mother and daughter. Hermoine and Elizabeth Taylor bear no resemblance in either feature or gesture making it even harder to get into the material. Diana Rigg, Hermoine Gingold and Len Cariou do what they can with their parts and the settings are lovely but the direction is flat, in this sort of whimsy that is deadly. It has moments of pleasure but overall a miss.


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