What is known as the Thorpe affair, centered on the at the time clandestine homosexual affair between Liberal MP and later Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe and stable boy Norman Scott, that affair when sodomy was still illegal in Britain, is the main feature of the story presented. The story culminates in 1979 with Jeremy put on trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder, the attempt on Norman's life all in an effort to rid him from Jeremy's life in his aspiration to become British Prime Minister at whatever cost, part of that cost being to remain in the closet despite having men on the side throughout his adult life. The imbalance between Jeremy and Norman both during their relationship and in their adversarial battle after the end of that relationship is also shown, older, ambitious Jeremy, from a proper English background, part of the establishment, and younger Norman, from the disadvantaged class, he who also suffered from clinical psychological issues, having nothing to lose...
Did You Know?
During an interview on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, interviewer Scott Simon remarked to Hugh Grant
that before making this movie, Grant and Ben Whishaw
had also just worked together on Paddington 2
(2017), and Grant replied, "Well, I mean, it is weird that I have in effect spent the last three years trying to either kill or have sex with Ben Whishaw in one way or another." See more
Hugh Grant's Jeremy Thorpe has his hair parted on the wrong side - the right side. The real Jeremy Thorpe always had his hair parted on the left side. (See Google Images.) See more
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