- Tony Richardson
- Reviewed by
- Gon Curiel a.k.a. Groucho
- Review date
- Monday, September 30, 2002
Exquisite British comedy based on the 18th century novel by Henry Fielding (scripted by John Osborne), with hilarious moments and sexy scenes that are hot as fire. The direction and writing reach perfection, making this a fine piece of entertainment for most tastes. The score by John Addison adds just the right touch, both respecting the atmosphere and suiting the hilarity of the overall mood.
From the introductory scene, played as a silent film and showcasing the hilarious score, and the culmination of it in the opening credits, you know you’re in for a fun and pleasant ride.
Finney became a star overnight thanks to this role and it’s easy to see why. The supporting cast is excellent, with Hugh Griffith sensational as the uneducated Squire Western (Allworthy’s neighbor), and a bunch of brilliant actresses in great roles: Edith Evans as Western’s educated sister, Diane Cilento as a passionate girl, Joyce Redman as a lady with a secret, Joan Greenwood as a femme fatale, and Susannah York as Western’s daughter and Tom’s object of affection. Other men and women from the cast shine as well.
The stunningly realistic hunting sequence, the sexiest meal ever put on film, the riotous night at the Upton Inn (featuring Lynn Redgrave in her film debut), all memorable scenes.
A remarkable film in all aspects; unforgivable to miss it.
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