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The Lady and the Highwayman
The Lady and the Highwayman
Actors: Lysette Anthony, Ian Bannen, John Baskcomb, Claire Bloom, Christopher Cazenove
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
PG     2005     1hr 30min

The Lady and the Highwayman, produced by Lew Grade as part of a series of Barbara Cartland dramatizations in 1987, contains all the ingredients that made her unique style of romantic fiction so successful. The highwayman ...  more »

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Actors: Lysette Anthony, Ian Bannen, John Baskcomb, Claire Bloom, Christopher Cazenove
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Studio: Legacy Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 03/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 12
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 10/19/2011...
The Lady and the Highwayman is a period piece set in the era after King Charles II regains his throne from Oliver Cromwell. A friend of the King's is trying to protect him from capture and is captured and executed himself. His sister, played by the stunningly beautiful Lysette Anthony, is conned into marrying a sleazy tax man who says he will save her already dead brother in exchange for her hand in marriage. After their marriage, he proceeds to kill her dog and immediately tries to rape front of a priest and two coachman. Luckily, a dashing highwayman called Silver Blade, played by a young Hugh Grant, comes to her rescue. He was friends with her brother and promised to keep her safe. After he kills her scumbag husband, the lady goes to court and becomes friends with the Queen. But a weasly cousin wants her lands and her brother's title and tries to connive his way into her heart. He is aided by the King's mistress, played by the lovely Emma Samms, who wants the young lady killed. She fears the King will notice her and that will be the end of her power. Can Hugh save her? This is a romance novel "bodice ripper" on film. Almost literally! Emma Samms can really fill out a dress! And Lysette Anthony is a beauty to behold...Has anyone seen her lately? She's still gorgeous!!! At any rate, this is a decent movie and is sure to please fans of romantic, swashbuckling films. And there is plenty of cleavage, so the guys won't get bored. I know I didn't.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Trish D. from MARIETTA, GA
Reviewed on 5/26/2011...
I saw a very poor quality DVD with a very mediocre story, which I bought because of Hugh Grant. Hopefully, at least the quality of the DVD is better on these.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Brenda Z. (clinozoisite) from NORTH POLE, AK
Reviewed on 5/4/2010...
A very young Hugh Grant gives a mildly entertaining performance as an aristocrat-turned-highwayman. Emma Samms plays an airheaded Lady to perfection --- complete with a wildly poofy mane of curly hair. While somewhat entertaining, it is by no means a top period romance film.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Amber R. from PHOENIX, AZ
Reviewed on 1/7/2009...
It was a cute movie done in a very clean, family-friendly way. I good romance for young girls.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

First Hugh Grant movie I ever saw!
Barbara Farr Kelley | 07/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I first saw this movie, it was on a TV movie of the week, I believe on a Sunday night. I did not get in on the names of who was in it, and I wondered who that great looking, gorgeous man was who played Lucias. Well, many years later I'm watching another movie with this great looking, gorgeous man in it and find out his name is Hugh Grant. The man is a great actor.The story is a romance set back in the days of King Charles II of England. Hugh Grant was, of course, the hero of the story. The heroine of the story, I cannot remember her real name, played Panthea Vine, the damsel in distress, who is saved by the highwayman (Hugh Grant). He takes her back to her home after killing the man who forced her to marry him. He knew the way to her home without her telling him. She later realizes this must be her cousin Lucias who is suspected of being the legendary "Silver Blade".This movie has its group of meanies, too. Emma Samms is a spoiled, egotistical, but beautiful woman who wants Lucias. He turns her down right away, which really ticks her off. Another meanie is Oliver Reed who plays Cromwell, a well known buzzard back in that time in history.My brother thought he wasn't going to like this movie, but when he got into it he couldn't leave it. He jumped right up out of his seat when he thought the jailers were going to chop of Panthea's head with an ax.This is a great movie and everyone who loves romance should get it. By the way, did I tell you it is based on a Barbara Cartland novel? The same Barbara Cartland who has written over 600 romance novels."
Leave this Lady on the Highway
icefox | Colorado | 01/31/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was one huge disappointment from beginning to end.Firstly, I bought the DVD. Big mistake. The transfer was by far the worst I've ever seen and I've watched hundreds of DVDs. It actually looked worse than what I can get when taping something off of regular network television using the EP setting on my VCR. Not only was the whole thing blurry beyond belief, several scenes shake like crazy and through the middle of many of the scenes there were video tracking lines like you'd see on a over used low grade VHS tape. Which is what this transfer was probably taken from. The low list price might have prepared me for the lack of quality of the menu, but for it to be of a better image quality than the movie itself was a bit of a surprise.Secondly, the movie itself was awful. I love a good period piece movie and I really wanted to like this one despite my misgivings as to where it got it's plot line (although I like an occasional historical romance book, I'm not a fan of Cartland). But there was just nothing to like here. The story was ridiculous, the dialog was atrocious and the acting was just plain bad. Something that I'm at a loss to explain with all the known talent that was in this movie. I'm sure I can't imagine what the director must have been doing to get such a lousy end product.At first I wanted to give this movie/DVD zero stars, but since I could only go as low as one star I did manage to find one good thing to justify that star. The costumes were wonderful.Fair warning: If you're thinking about seeing this movie solely because you're a fan of Hugh Grant, you can forget it. He barely strings 10 words together in two scenes and two words together in 10 other scenes. He's just not the major character in this movie that he's made out to be by the cover of the DVD."
"Keep your eyes to the front you lecherous little dwarf!"
CodeMaster Talon | Orlando, FL United States | 11/09/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This wonderful '80's cheesfest features Emma Samms, Lysette Anthony, and Hugh Grant, speaking in a very weird, strangled manner that is apparently meant to be sexy.

Based on a novel by the immortal Barbara Cartland, the story follows the insipid adventures of the equally insipid Panthea Vine, orphaned heiress and milk sop extraordinaire. We watch as she endures a VERY quick marriage to an evil tax collector (about half hour before he is fortuitously disposed of), meets the hunky, Robin Hood-esque Silver Blade ("Thank you, thank you, Silver Blade!"), prances around the court of King Charles II, makes a powerful enemy (Samms, paying the rent), solves a family mystery and finally winds up fending for her life while being tried for treason.

It's all very silly, and highly entertaining if you're in the proper frame of mind. Other reviewers mention the hammy acting and ridiculous dialogue, but for me that's part of the fun. Rent it if you like costume romances, enjoy laughing at bad movies, or want to feel superior to the bunch of hapless Hollywood stars forced to say things like "My lord Chancellor is like all you men, simply a big belly surrounded by self-esteem!"

If you do see it, watch for the moment when Silver Blade challenges Panthea's husband to a duel. "But he's one of best swordsmen in England!" she cries. "I know that," he replies after a decidedly uncomfortable pause. Priceless.