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The Right Hand Man (1987)

R | | Drama | 21 November 1987 (USA)
A stagecoach driver goes to work for a dying, one-armed aristocrat in 1860s Australia.

Director:

Di Drew

Writers:

Helen Hodgman, Kathleen Peyton (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Everett ... Lord Harry Ironminster
Hugo Weaving ... Ned Devine
Arthur Dignam Arthur Dignam ... Dr. Redbridge
Jennifer Claire Jennifer Claire ... Lady Ironminster
Catherine McClements Catherine McClements ... Sarah Redbridge
Ralph Cotterill Ralph Cotterill ... Sam
Adam Cockburn Adam Cockburn ... Violet Head
Tim Elliott Tim Elliott ... Lord Ironminster
Jack Allen Jack Allen ... Shopkeeper
John Spicer John Spicer ... Publican
Brian Scrymgeour Brian Scrymgeour ... Yard boss
Les Ash Les Ash ... First postilion
Tamas Szegedi Tamas Szegedi ... Second postilion
Tony Ash Tony Ash ... Black coach driver
Bruce Stewart Bruce Stewart ... Minister
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A stagecoach driver goes to work for a dying, one-armed aristocrat in 1860s Australia.

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Drama

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ironminster örököse See more »

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Production Co:

UAA Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Two yummy men trying to win "the love" of the same gal
7 July 2005 | by kkmwillsSee all my reviews

Okay, it's a bit more than that, but not by very much! The delectable Mr. Weaving and the too-good-to-be-real Mr. Everett star as a lower class working man and an idly rich scion of Autrailian society, respectively. There is a girl, of course, and a tragedy that places all three in awkward new dynamics.

It is a bit over-the-top with the melodrama, but I knew that going in. (I was on a Hugo Weaving video binge!) I was happily surprised by how much I enjoyed Rupert Everett's Lord Harry, which could've been a tiresome guy to hang around with for the length of the movie. I believe this was the movie where I realized I would be a fan of his no matter the movie he was in.

Hugo Weaving's man of the people/salt of the earth/been there-done that role could have been tiresome as well. Actually, he sort of is, but this is a soapy vehicle, so everyone must change to a degree, and Ned Devine does.

Sadly, I wasn't fond of the female lead at all, the character not the actress. Catherine McClements was lovely and reminded me that I need to exercise more, but Sarah was not a lead female I liked very much. The sad thing is I can't figure out why. Was it due to the writing, the acting, or that the men were shown and written as more fun to hang about with? Still, it was advertised as soapy good guilty fun and it was!


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