The Kingfisher


A bachelor sets out to win the love of a women he lost 50 years previous.
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A bachelor sets out to win the love of a women he lost 50 years previous.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Missed opportunities and second chances are at the heart of The Kingfisher, and the fact that its two main characters are in their seventies and don't have too many chances left gives it an added poignancy. Yet despite some undeniable assets, Kingfisher is also something of a missed opportunity itself. After all, one has the unique screen presence of Rex Harrison and the very special talent of Wendy Hiller at hand, and so it's hard not to expect some real fireworks. Still, even with both thespians giving spot-on performances, Kingfisher doesn't totally satisfy. It comes across as slightly too artificial. The film is based on a stage play and it feels like it. Even the set-up -- of a man asking his lost love to visit him on the very day of her husband's funeral to try to rekindle the old romance -- doesn't ring true; it's too pat, too literary, even if some of the eventual plot twists do surprise. And while there is sparkle and fizz to much of the dialogue, it too often feels as if it were written and being quoted, rather than having originated at that moment with these characters. All these reservations aside, there's still a great deal here to like, especially for fans of the stars and/or fans of witty banter; it's just a shame that the film doesn't pack more genuine punch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • UPC: 066805307430
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bfs Entertainment
  • Time: 1:17:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,383

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rex Harrison Sir Cecil Warburton
Wendy Hiller Lady Evelyn
Cyril Cusack Hawkins
Gary Owen Chauffeur
Technical Credits
James Cellan Jones Director
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
William Douglas Home Screenwriter
John Rosenberg Producer
John Woolf Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Kingfisher
1. "Wish Me Luck!" [1:45]
3. Fifty Years Too Late [11:12]
4. Sidecars and Gossip [14:19]
5. A Free Woman [9:38]
6. "Will You Marry Me?" [21:20]
7. The Elusive Evelyn [7:32]
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Disc #1 -- The Kingfisher
   Scene Index
   Cast Profiles
      Rex Harrison
      Wendy Hiller
      Cyril Cusack
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