The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)


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Drama, Romance
2h 4min
Age rating


Meryl Streep
Sarah / Anna
Jeremy Irons
Charles Henry Smithson / Mike
Peter Vaughan
Mr. Freeman
Liz Smith
Mrs. Fairley
Patience Collier
Mrs. Poulteney
Leo McKern
Dr. Grogan
Arabella Weir
Girl on Undercliff
Ben Forster
Boy on Undercliff
Catherine Willmer
Dr. Grogan's Housekeeper
Anthony Langdon
Asylum Keeper
Edward Duke
Richard Hope
3rd Assistant
Toni Palmer
Mrs Endicott
Cecily Hobbs
Betty Anne
Doreen Mantle
Lady on the Train
Jude Alderson
Red Haired Prostitute
Cora Kinnaird
2nd Prostitute
Orlando Fraser
Tom Elliott


In this story-within-a-story, Anna is an actress starring opposite Mike in a period piece about the forbidden love between their respective characters, Sarah and Charles. Both actors are involved in serious relationships, but the passionate nature of the script leads to an off-camera love affair as well. While attempting to maintain their composure and professionalism, Anna and Mike struggle to come to terms with their infidelity.

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