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Margot (2009)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 30 November 2009
At the age of forty, Dame Margot Fonteyn is considered to be past her best as a prima ballerina and Ninette de Valois is reducing her roles at the Royal Ballet. Then the exciting young ... See full summary »

Director:

Otto Bathurst

Writers:

Amanda Coe (screenplay), Meredith Daneman (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne-Marie Duff ... Margot Fonteyn
Penelope Wilton ... B.Q
Con O'Neill ... Tito
Lindsay Duncan ... Madam
Derek Jacobi ... Fred Ashton
Matthew Hart Matthew Hart ... Michael Somes
Michelle Bonnard ... Sally
Margot Leicester Margot Leicester ... Cathy
Michiel Huisman ... Rudolph Nureyev
Anton Lukovkin Anton Lukovkin ... Eric
Tatiana Lavrentieva Tatiana Lavrentieva ... Elderly Russian Lady
Ben Stott Ben Stott ... Good-Looking Boy
Robert Perkins Robert Perkins ... Mr. McDonald
Dimitri Gruzdyev Dimitri Gruzdyev ... Dancer
Ksenia Ovsyanick Ksenia Ovsyanick ... Dancer
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At the age of forty, Dame Margot Fonteyn is considered to be past her best as a prima ballerina and Ninette de Valois is reducing her roles at the Royal Ballet. Then the exciting young Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev, a recent defector to the West, comes into her life and her bed and revitalizes her career. Frederick Aashton creates a new ballet for them and they become the golden couple of the ballet world. However, Margot is married to Roberto "Tito" Arias, a Panamanian politician of dubious repute who is not sympathetic to her calling and is probably faithless. When he is shot and paralyzed for life, Margot must carry on dancing well into her sixties in order to pay for his costly treatment, though she still collaborates with Rudolf in the occasional ballet. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Rudy & Margot See more »

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Production Co:

Mammoth Screen See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Made as one of a three-part season "Women We Loved" on BBC Four. The other two movies in the series were Gracie! (2009) and Enid (2009). See more »

Goofs

Margot Fonteyn flies to Sydney Australia in 1959 and a shot of the Opera House is shown. However, the building on that landmark would have only just begun and the construction on the outer shells hadn't begun until 1963 and completed until 1967. See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 30 November 2009 (2009) See more »

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This film is an insult to two great artists.
8 January 2011 | by bpalet70See all my reviews

MARGOT

The 2009 movie that I watched on television on New Year's Eve entitled 'Margot' was an unbelievable insult to two of the world's greatest artists. I managed to sit through it but was disgusted by the whole thing.

This is a cheap movie, done to make a quick buck, using cheap ideas, and actors who obviously had no knowledge of the personalities of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. The two Ronnies, whom I saw doing a skit in a nightclub many years ago had a much better understanding of their characters and Dr. Arias who was there at the time in his wheelchair was nothing like the character on the screen.

The casting for this movie was pathetic apart from the actor who played the part of Frederick Ashton. As for Eric Bruhn, he was hardly there, in spite of the fact that he played a huge part in Rudi's life. What a wonderful story this could have been if the object had not been to dwell on the possible sexual relationship between Rudi and Margot. The producers of this film have really taken advantage of the fact that these great artists are dead and are thus unable to respond themselves to this trash.. It makes me feel ashamed that young ballet students will have seen this wicked interpretation of a wonderful person.

I found it difficult to watch the weak interpretation of the actor who played the part of Rudi. It was quite sickening. Rudi was a powerful being with so many changes to his personality and none of this came over. The actor's face was completely wrong for a start as was his voice. It was as if those concerned had never actually seen Rudi, let alone studied his personality and worked hard on trying to resemble him in some way. Margot was not the Margot I knew, who was bubbly and friendly with everyone. Where was her lovely laugh? This actor had completely the wrong shaped face to start with.

As for the story line, it was taken from Meredith Daneman's book which went into great detail about Rudi and Margot's personal life and the author went overboard with intimate details of Margot's body. Completely tasteless! There was nothing there about Margot's exciting professional life. It was all based on a sexual affair for the mere purpose of shocking, causing a stir and saying, 'Aren't I brave?" The movie is a write-off. Burn it!


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