Lease of Life

Lease of Life

Charles Frend (1954)

U Certificate
Tomorrow 6:10pm - 8pm Talking Pictures TV


Our Score
Robert Donat is always unfairly overlooked in discussions of great British screen actors. An Oscar winner for Goodbye, Mr Chips, he fought chronic asthma throughout his life to give several moving and convincing performances, which usually belied the quality of the material. This tale of a Yorkshire vicar with only a year to live is a case in point. Thriller specialist Eric Ambler makes a mawkish mess of what is essentially a domestic drama but, through the gentle fidelity of his performance, Donat creates a decent and dignified character who sounds sincere even in his sentimental sermon to a congregation of schoolboys.


The vicar of a Yorkshire village struggles to make sense of his life, while coming to terms with the fact he has only one year left to live. Drama, starring Robert Donat, Kay Walsh, Denholm Elliott and Adrienne Corri.

Cast & Crew

Actor Robert Donat
Actor Kay Walsh
Actor Denholm Elliott
Actor Adrienne Corri
Director Charles Frend

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist Ltd