Rent Fortunes of War (1987)

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6h 42min
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The Balkans, 1939. British professor Guy Pringle (Kenneth Branagh) arrives in Romania with his new bride, Harriet (Emma Thompson), and becomes enmeshed in the politics of anti-fascism. Despite Harriet's serious misgivings, Guy's social circle soon includes members of the British Secret Service who want to involve him in dangerous missions, and a downtrodden prince who zeroes in on Guy's generous nature and winds up living with the Pringles. So the stage is set for a mesmerising story of marriage tested by accidental betrayal, callous insensitivity, and a world in upheaval.
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Betty Willingale
Olivia Manning, Alan Plater
2 Entertain
British TV, TV Dramas, TV Military & War Dramas
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Release Date:
Run Time:
402 minutes
English Dolby Digital Stereo
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
  • "Time Shift": A 38 minute documentary on writer Alan Plater
  • Appearances by Ron Pickup, James Cellan Jones and Alan Plater on "Open Air" "Breakfast Time": On-location report
  • Sue Lawley interviews Emma Thompson on "Wogan"
  • Ludivik Kennedy and guests discuss the programme on "Did You See?"
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. The Balkans: September 1939
2. Romania: January 1940
3. Romania: June 1940
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
4. Greece: October 1940
5. Egypt: April 1941
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
6. Egypt: September 1942
7. The Middle East: January 1943

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Absorbing period piece with great acting and settings - Fortunes of War review by AW

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Hard to imagine how courageous (foolish?) these people were, living in Bucharest as the Nazis began to conquer Europe. I find Emma Thompson mesmerising to watch. Kenneth Branagh isn't bad either! Haven't read the novels - don't need to. Looking forward to Part II.

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