Review: ‘The Wicked Lady’

Sex, humor and even a facsimile of style distinguish Michael Winner's entertaining remake of The Wicked Lady as a comedy-drama of rogue-ridden 17th-century England with Faye Dunaway an effective title star.

Sex, humor and even a facsimile of style distinguish Michael Winner’s entertaining remake of The Wicked Lady as a comedy-drama of rogue-ridden 17th-century England with Faye Dunaway an effective title star.

Winner, who co-authored the piece with [director of the 1945 version] Leslie Arliss [based on The Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton by Magdalen King-Hall], has pumped some amusing life and typically brisk pace into a basically tired old (and even campy) story about an alluring high society dame for whom seduction, highway robbery and even murder are all in a day’s work.

After marrying Denholm Elliott for his money, Dunaway turns to a life of nocturnal crime, solo at first, but later in cahoots with legendary stagecoach robber Alan Bates.

Dunaway performs her dominating role with satisfying conviction, straight face and all. Ditto Elliott as her scorned and cuckolded husband. Bates makes for a charming but all-too-brief rogue, while John Gielgud as a God-fearing retainer has a marvelous deadpan time of it kidding himself.

The Wicked Lady

Production

Cannon. Director Michael Winner; Producer Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus; Screenplay Michael Winner, Leslie Arliss; Camera Jack Cardiff; Editor Arnold Crust [= Michael Winner]; Music Tony Banks; Art Director John Blezard

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

Faye Dunaway Alan Bates John Gielgud Denholm Elliott Prunella Scales Oliver Tobias
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