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The Millionairess
The Millionairess
Actors: Maggie Smith, Avril Angers, Tom Baker, Peter Barkworth, John Garrie
Director: William Slater
Genres: Drama, Television
NR     2006     1hr 40min

Epifania (Maggie Smith) is glamorous, clever...and also the richest woman in the world. After yet another row with her spendthrift husband, Epifania meets an intriguing Egyptian doctor (Tom Baker). But she faces the challe...  more »


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Actors: Maggie Smith, Avril Angers, Tom Baker, Peter Barkworth, John Garrie
Director: William Slater
Creators: Cedric Messina, George Bernard Shaw
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Drama
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/16/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Maggie Smith steals the Show.
Gerard D. Launay | Berkeley, California | 08/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When one gets tired of the violence, sex, and quite frankly,
impermissible bad language in modern films, it's nice to go back to someone who knows how to use language. eg. George Bernard Shaw. This movie was done (poorly) with Sophia Loren and
Peter Sellers...but I adored the play with Maggie Smith. she dominates her role. At once, we understand how magnificent a star she is. She plays the richest woman in England who is obsessed with getting what she wants, and having the cash to do it. She is beautiful and arrogant yet brilliant in the ways of capitalism. When she is given the challenge of
getting a job and supporting herself without her wealth, well,
she can do it because she understands money. Indeed she walks into businesses and transforms them into profitable enterprises. Whether the impact of her changes hurts the poor or middle class is of no concern to her...profitability is the key. This is a wonderful production and is a MUST for any Maggie Smith fan."
Bernard Shaw's The Millionairess DVD
Pamela G. Maher | Baltimore, MD | 04/16/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I've always been a huge fan of Maggie Smith, and she is wickedly good as Epifania Ognisanti di Parerga Fitzfassenden, The Millionairess. Jeez, what a mouthful. My complaint, which doesn't entirely spoil the film, is the mediocre quality of the BBC production. The sound is a trifle off, and it feels like it's taking place on an echoey stage, which it is. Having said that, Maggie's performance is tremendous, and almost overcomes the spotty production."
Maggie steals the show
Michal Zahálka | The Czech republic, Europe | 07/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Millionairess has always been one of my favorite plays by Bernard Shaw (along with Pygmalion and Caesar and Cleopatra) and this BBC production of it is definitely worth your money.

Dame Maggie Smith is absolutely perfect as Epifania and, as expected, steals the show and runs away with it. The rest of the cast is perfect as well, with the possible exception of Charles Gray as Adrian, who didn't really fulfil my expectations of the character."
Excellent production
R. Coffin | California | 09/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an excellent production. If you are at all interested in this, I recommend getting "The Shaw Collection" DVD set instead. These are a series of televised BBC "Play of the Month". The production values aren't always top-notch, but the acting is typically quite good. The direction and sets are very stage-like as opposed to a TV or cinema movie.
This would be more enjoyable for Shaw, literature, or theater fans than your average public. Maggie Smith does a fantastic job. The rest of the cast is excellent. I haven't read the play so I don't know if anything was changed. The first time I tried watching it, I fell asleep several times. The next time I watched it I was glued to the screen.