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Great Catherine

  • Comedy
  • 1968
  • Gordon Flemyng
  • 98 mins
  • U

Summary

Slapstick comedy based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. A stiff English officer, captain Charles Edstaston (Peter O'Toole), and his fiancée Claire arrive in St. Petersburg. Edstaston is brought to the imperial court to seek audience with the empress Catherine (Jeanne Moreau). He obtains an interview with her courtier, the drunken Potemkin (Zero Mostel), who ends up carrying him in his arms to the empress and dumping him into her royal bed. From this moment on, the hapless Edstaston endeavours to escape from the clutches of the sex-crazed empress and leave the city with his English fiancée.

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

Based on a play by George Bernard Shaw, this farrago about the romantic life of the Empress of Russia is more like a Carry On movie transferred to St Petersburg. Peter O'Toole breezes through it all as an English Light Dragoons captain who finds himself in the Empress's bedchamber, while art house heroine Jeanne Moreau is hopelessly miscast as Catherine. The jokes are constantly telegraphed, and the flashy, tricksy direction roots the film in the Swinging Sixties.

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Credits

Cast

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Captain EdstastonPeter O'Toole
PatiomkinZero Mostel
CatherineJeanne Moreau
Sir George GorseJack Hawkins
SergeantAkim Tamiroff
Dowager Lady GorseMarie Lohr
Princess DashkoffMarie Kean
NaryshkinKenneth Griffith

Crew

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DirectorGordon Flemyng

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Pathe Ltd
Released on
1968-12-06
Languages
English | German | Russian
Formats
Colour
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