A UNIVERSAL PICTURES RELEASE
Associate Producer's - Nigel Hawthorne / Joan Collins
Director of Photography - Denis Crosson B.S.C
Screenplay by Trevor Bentham
Adapted from the Play by George Coleman / David Garrick
Music by Stanislas Syrewicz
Edited by George Allers
Art Director - Mark Canner
Costumes by Deirdre Clancy
Produced by Steve Clark Hall / Rod Gunner / Jonathan B Stables
Directed by Christopher Miles
(c) 1999 .. Universal .. 89mins .. Reg 1 dvd from Ventura Distribution
'The Clandestine Marriage', was first performed as a play in 1776 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. A production starring and directed by Nigel Hawthorne appeared at The Queen's Theatre London in 1995. Joan attended a performance of this production and loved it.
"I first saw the play on stage in the West-End. Both Nigel and Trevor were friends and afterwards at dinner I told them how much I loved the piece. I love the character of Mrs Heidelberg and told Nigel that if he ever got the film together, I wanted to play her! It is an absolutely beautiful film, very funny and quite eccentric, with a witty twist on the way society behaved."
The film was shot on location at Stanway House, in Gloucestershire. But filming was almost abandoned when the money ran out. A major investor, who was due to plough 6.5 million into the production, failed to come up with the bulk of the money. To keep the production rolling, Nigel put £50,000 to cover immediate expenses. He then persuaded Joan to help and she managed to get a loan of £350,000 from her own bank, with an additional £150,000 from her agent. Both Nigel and Joan had great faith in the film, Nigel recalled..
"If you commit yourself to a project, then you commit yourself because you believe in it. You don't do it for the money."
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"I play Mrs Heidelberg, a very strong, very imperious woman. A pseudo aristocrat who has gone from being a poor woman from London's Blackfriars, to somebody very rich in Holland. She is a very different character for me. I have done all manner of parts over the years, but people don't think of me in this kind of role. When I look back on my career, it seems to have had three distinct phases. I started off as a babe, became a bitch and now I'm playing an old bag!"
The film got some good reviews....
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"More coin could have put a real shine in 'The Clandestine Marriage', a likeable and generally well played costume comedy, whose attributes are too often limited by the obvious penury of it's budget. Unlike many costume comedies, 'Marriage' sets up and positions it's characters with simplicity and clarity. The humour is handled with such style by a talented cast, that by final curtain, a real warmth has developed for these quirky, hopeless figures, trapped by social strictures, partly of their own making."