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As You Like It (1978)

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Movie 17 December 1978
After the overthrowing of Duke Senior by his tyrannical brother, Senior's daughter Rosalind disguises herself as a man and sets out to find her banished father while also counseling her clumsy suitor Orlando in the art of wooing.

Director:

Basil Coleman

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Rosalind
Brian Stirner ... Orlando
Richard Pasco ... Jaques
Angharad Rees ... Celia
James Bolam ... Touchstone
Clive Francis ... Oliver
Richard Easton ... Duke Frederick
Tony Church Tony Church ... Duke Senior
John Quentin John Quentin ... Le Beau
Maynard Williams Maynard Williams ... Silvius
Victoria Plucknett Victoria Plucknett ... Phebe
Marilyn Le Conte ... Audrey
Tom McDonnell Tom McDonnell ... Amiens
David Lloyd Meredith David Lloyd Meredith ... Corin
Arthur Hewlett ... Adam
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Storyline

Orlando (Brian Stirner) is forced to work like a servant for his brother Oliver (Clive Francis), so he goes to win his fortune in a wrestling contest, where he meets a lady of the court, Rosalind (Dame Helen Mirren). Rosalind (daughter of deposed Duke Senior (Tony Church)) is companion to Celia (Angharad Rees) (niece of the deposed Duke) and when the current Duke, Frederick (Richard Easton), banishes Rosalind from the kingdom, she, Celia, the court jester (and incidentally Orlando (Brian Stirner)) all end up in the forest of Arden, where the deposed Duke holds court. Romantic mix-ups, cross-dressing, love poems nailed to trees, and a lion await them all. Written by Kathy Li (revised by Albert Sanchez Moreno)

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: As You Like It See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Part of the long running BBC Television Shakespeare project which ran between 1978 and 1985. See more »

Quotes

Orlando: Only in the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied when I have made it empty.
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Version of National Theatre Live: As You Like It (2016) See more »

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The best As You Like It currently available on video.
17 January 2006 | by jwands-1See all my reviews

Helen Mirren heads a splendid cast of actors in this production. Not only is the cinematography lovely, but the forest scenes accurately depict both the sense of freedom and the sense of dislocation and strangeness that a retreat to the Forest of Arden represents for the court characters. Rosalind serves as a splendid counterpoint to Orlando in the forest, training him to understand the needs of women and constantly catching him off-guard with her banter. Jacques is suitably pompous and condescending, admirably outwitted by Rosalind when he has the audacity to attempt to match wits with her. Even the minor parts, such as those of Phebe and Audrey, are acted with skill.


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