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Sweet William

Nice, ordinary English girl Jenny Agutter meets wild, romantic Scots divorcee Sam Waterston. Sadly for her - though the tone is never more than just slightly bitter-sweet - his romantic nature includes having a wildly on-off relationship with the truth. He's a wolf with two not-so-ex-wives, and a compulsion to bed down her friends, neighbors and anything else he sees move.

With:
Sam Waterston Jenny Agutter Anna Massey Tim Pigott-Smith Geraldine James Arthur Lowe

Nice, ordinary English girl Jenny Agutter meets wild, romantic Scots divorcee Sam Waterston. Sadly for her – though the tone is never more than just slightly bitter-sweet – his romantic nature includes having a wildly on-off relationship with the truth. He’s a wolf with two not-so-ex-wives, and a compulsion to bed down her friends, neighbors and anything else he sees move.

Adapted from her own novel by Beryl Bainbridge, the screenplay is diligent without being distinguished. The same goes for Claude Whatham’s direction, which tends to prefer lingering realism to dramatic pace, and thus to set up apparent significance where there is none.

Agutter is well cast, and good in that her seduction by the outlandish Waterston is entirely believable.

Sweet William

UK

Production: Kendon. Director Claude Whatham; Producer Jeremy Watt, Don Boyd; Screenplay Beryl Bainbridge; Camera Les Young; Editor Peter Coulson; Art Director Eileen Diss

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: Sam Waterston Jenny Agutter Anna Massey Tim Pigott-Smith Geraldine James Arthur Lowe

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