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White Mischief (1987)

R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 6 May 1988 (USA)
In 1940s Kenya, a married couple join other affluent British expatriates in a lifestyle of recklessness and excess, but soon find themselves in a troubling situation.

Director:

Michael Radford

Writers:

James Fox (novel), Michael Radford (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Scacchi ... Diana Lady Broughton
Charles Dance ... Josslyn Hay
Joss Ackland ... 'Jock' Delves Broughton
Sarah Miles ... Alice de Janzé
Geraldine Chaplin ... Nina Soames
Ray McAnally ... Morris
Murray Head ... Lizzie
John Hurt ... Gilbert Colvile
Trevor Howard ... Jack Soames
Susan Fleetwood ... Gladys - Lady Delamere
Catherine Neilson ... Lady June Carberry
Hugh Grant ... Hugh
Alan Dobie Alan Dobie ... Harragin
Gregor Fisher ... McPherson
Jacqueline Pearce ... Idina
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Storyline

A millionaire past his prime, and his young wife, arrive in Kenya circa 1940 to find that the other affluent British expatriates are living large, as the homefront gears up for war. They are busy swapping partners, doing drugs, and attending lavish parties and horse races. She begins a torrid affair with one of the bon vivants, and her husband finds out and confronts them. The husband and wife decide to break up peacefully, but the bon vivant is murdered, and all the evidence points to the husband. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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In England they were the elite, but bound by rules of society. In Kenya there were no rules, only glamour, decadence . . . and murder. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Kenya

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ronda de los depravados See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,538, 24 April 1988

Gross USA:

$3,107,551

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,107,551
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Agfa-Gevaert)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The closing epilogue states, "The following year, Diane Broughton married Gilbert Colvile." See more »

Goofs

The courtroom scenes include counsel shouting "Objection!" and the Judge replying "Sustained" or "Overruled" and occasionally ordering things "stricken from the record". These terms are routine in courts in the United States but are never heard in courts based on English jurisprudence, as was the case in colonial Kenya in 1941. See more »

Quotes

Alice de Janze: You wouldn't, by any chance, have a chocolate covered lobster?
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Alternate Versions

On the home video VHS version of the film, a jazzy, swing style period song is substituted over the End Credits. In the original theatrical release, "The Alphabet Song" sung by Sarah Miles was used. On the UK DVD from Sony CDR11476, The Alphabet Song is back, along with the score by George Fenton. See more »


Soundtracks

Begin the Beguine
Words and Music by Cole Porter
Arranged by John Warren
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a shortened storyline taken from earlier film
24 June 2006 | by elgorrionSee all my reviews

The performances of Sarah Miles and John Hurt make this film worth watching; however it is disappointing that Michael Radford does not use the full storyline of the original film : "The Happy Valley" - made in 1987, nor is the source acknowledged in the credits. Other than that it is quite a good remake, but the original should not be missed, as the story continues for some length - indeed the end of "White Mischief" is about the halfway point of the story in "The Happy Valley". This is another of Radford's remakes that seemed to receive acclaim as if it were an original concept - just as his version of the tale of Pablo Neruda - "Il Postino" - was taken from the lesser known earlier film "Ardiente Pacientia" (Burning Patience) which for my money was the the better film.


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