Thursday, July 29, 2010

Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After (1992) TV Movie

Since two TV movies were inspired by the marriage of England's Prince Charles and Princess Diana, it is only logical that at least one made-for-TV feature would greet the decline and fall of that overexposed union. "Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After", permitted the viewer the perverse delight of seeing Catherine Oxenberg, who'd previously played Diana in 1982's "The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana", back again as the same (albeit older and wiser) character. Roger Rees costars as the redoubtable Charles, who despite his mile-wide character flaws comes off as relatively sympathetic. Other "royals" lurking about are Amanda Walker as Queen Elizabeth, David Quilter as Prince Philip, Benedict Taylor as Prince Andrew, and Tracy Brabin as "Fergie". Our favorite scene: Diana, dressed to the nines, sitting in the back of her luxurious limo and talking into her designer car phone, whining about how miserable her life is. Later retitled "Charles and Diana: A Palace Divided", this gloriously trashy endeavor was first telecast December 13, 1992. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After (1992) TV Movie
Cast: Catherine Oxenberg, Roger Rees, Benedict Taylor, Tracy Brabin, Amanda Walker, David Quilter, Jane How, Gladys Crosbie, Cate Fowler, Alan Manson, Patrick Pearson, Thomas Szekeres, Oliver Stone

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