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Maggie Smith


Films to Rent

Pumpkin Eater, ThePumpkin Eater, The (1964) Recommended
Dir. Jack Clayton
Feat. Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason
Anne Bancroft is riveting as a woman of the verge of a nervous breakdown in this penetrating and vastly under–rated British melodrama. As…
OthelloOthello (1965) Recommended
Dir. Stuart Burge
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Derek Jacobi, Maggie Smith
Laurence Olivier transposes his stage performance of Othello for the screen with able supporting cast.
Honey Pot, TheHoney Pot, The (1967)
Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Feat. Rex Harrison, Susan Hayward, Maggie Smith
Trifling comedy of money and manipulation in which Harrison plays a millionaire who deceives a trio of former mistresses into believing he is dying.…
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, ThePrime of Miss Jean Brodie, The (1968)
Dir. Ronald Neame
Feat. Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin
Schoolteacher at a private girls school, Maggie Smith grooms and instructs her pupils with a passionate sense of vocation, unfortunately making more…
Oh! What a Lovely WarOh! What a Lovely War (1969) Recommended
Dir. Richard Attenborough
Feat. John Rae, Corin Redgrave, Maurice Roeves
Powerful anti–war musical adapted from the play by Charles Chilton, which depicts the mass blunder of WWI through the experiences of the poor…
Bernard Shaw Collection, TheBernard Shaw Collection, The (The Millionairess; Mrs. Warren's Profession; The Apple Cart ; Pygmalion; Heartbreak House; You Never Can Tell; The Man of Destiny; Androcles and the Lion; The Devil's Disciple; Arms and the Man) (1972-1989)
Dir. David Jones
Feat. Maggie Smith, John Gielgud, Patrick Stewart
Star–studded BBC adaptations of ten masterpieces of the stage by George Bernard Shaw. This set includes, over 8 discs the following…
Travels With My AuntTravels With My Aunt (1972)
Dir. George Cukor
Feat. Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen, Louis Jr. Gossett
A young Maggie Smith ages up in this entertaining if over–stuffed whimsy based on the novel by Graham Greene about the odd–ball…
Murder by DeathMurder by Death (1976)
Dir. Robert Moore
Feat. Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco
A classic whodunnit premise is taken within an inch of its life by a knockout cast, here playing a gaggle of famous sleuths and sidekicks who convene…
California SuiteCalifornia Suite (1978)
Dir. Herbert Ross
Feat. Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith
Five couples converge on the Beverly Hills Hotel during ‘Oscar–week’ to play out various marital dramas. Likeable comedy assembles a…
Evil Under the SunEvil Under the Sun (1981)
Dir. Guy Hamilton
Feat. Peter Ustinov, Jane Birkin, Colin Blakely
Murder at a resort hotel, with Peter Ustinov as Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot. An all–star cast and top production values, with sun and sea…
Missionary, TheMissionary, The (1982)
Dir. Richard Loncraine
Feat. Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Trevor Howard
Jolly Brit comedy sees Palin as the Rev. Charles Fortesque, recalled to England from missionary work in Africa to minister London's prostitutes,…
Private Function, APrivate Function, A (1985)
Dir. Malcolm Mowbray
Feat. Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott
Michael Palin and Maggie Smith star in Alan Bennett's savage satire of class hypocrisy. Set in post–WW2 Britain during food rationing, secret…
Lonely Passion of Judith HearneLonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)
Dir. Jack Clayton
Feat. Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins
An anguished spinster pins romantic hopes on a sweet–talking business man who has other intentions. Melancholy fare, remarkably acted by Maggie…
Complete Talking Heads, The (TV Miniseries)Complete Talking Heads, The (TV Miniseries) (1987-1998) Recommended
Dir. Alan Bennett
Feat. Alan Bennett, Stephanie Cole, Thora Hird
Much–feted 1980s TV series comprising a series of six stage monologues by renowned playwright Alan Bennett, devised to depict various suffering…
HookHook (1991)
Dir. Steven Spielberg
Feat. Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts
Spielberg's big–budget rendition of the magical fairy tale. Robin Williams stars as a grown–up Peter Pan enticed to Neverland to reclaim…
Secret Garden, TheSecret Garden, The (1993) Aro Favourite
Dir. Agnieszka Holland
Feat. Maggie Smith, Kate Maberly, Heydon Prowse
A splendid, lavish update of Francis Hodgson Burnett's beloved classic in which a troubled orphan visits her domineering aunt's mansion, befriends…
Washington SquareWashington Square (1997)
Dir. Agnieszka Holland
Feat. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ben Chaplin, Maggie Smith
Portrait of a lady adapted from the pen of Henry James profits from an exemplary Jennifer Jason Leigh performance – as an eccentric, plain…
Tea with MussoliniTea with Mussolini (1999)
Dir. Franco Zeffirelli
Feat. Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith
Dir. Franco Zeffirelli's childhood memoirs form the basis of this well–mannered period fancy that draws weight from the grand Dames of British…
All the King's MenAll the King's Men (1999)
Dir. Julian Jarrold
Feat. David Jason, Maggie Smith
BBC dramatisation of one of WWI's most enduring enigmas, in which the Sandringham Company, made up from King George's private staff, disappeared into…
David Copperfield (Mini-series)David Copperfield (Mini-series) (2000)
Dir. Simon Curtis
Feat. Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Ian McKellen
Charles Dicken's semi–autobiographical novel (and his own personal favourite) of an aspiring young lad, gets adapted by the BBC, with an…
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) Recommended
Dir. Chris Columbus
Feat. Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman
Immensely popular, this star–studded adaptation of JK Rowling’s first book thankfully captures the essence of orphan Harry’s tale of…
Gosford ParkGosford Park (2001) Recommended
Dir. Robert Altman
Feat. Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith
A handsome recital of Agatha Christie–style whodunnit and ‘upstairs–downstairs’ class–drama set in the confines of an English…
Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Recommended
Dir. Chris Columbus
Feat. Daniel Radcliffe, Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese
The second Harry Potter adaptation is better fun and more settled in its mingled tone of magic, fantasy and thriller. Daniel Radcliffe again plays…
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya SisterhoodDivine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Dir. Callie Khouri
Feat. Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Ashley Judd
In this spirited adaptation of Rebecca Wells’ novel, alienated daughter Sandra Bullock is given the lowdown on her mother Ellen Burnstyn’s…
My House in UmbriaMy House in Umbria (2003) Recommended
Dir. Richard Loncraine
Feat. Maggie Smith, Chris Cooper, Giancarlo Giannini
Maggie Smith centres this superior telemovie, playing an ex–pat romance novelist whose life in Italy is disturbed when she is caught up in a…
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Recommended
Dir. Alfonso Cuaron
Feat. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane
Young Harry's troublesome education continues at Hogswarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry, in this increasingly confident series, here given a…
Ladies in LavenderLadies in Lavender (2005)
Dir. Charles Dance
Feat. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Natascha McElhone
During the pre–WW2 period, a handsome Polish stranger (Bruhl) is washed up on a beach in Cornwall and taken into care by two aging spinster…
Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Recommended
Dir. Mike Newell
Feat. Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman
The fourth chapter in the unfolding Harry Potter series marks a devastating plunge into raw suspense and truly epic adventure for the young wizard…
Keeping MumKeeping Mum (2005) Recommended
Dir. Niall Johnson
Feat. Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith
In the best English tradition of addled and yet deadly black comedy, this unravels the goings–on in a cute village, where the vicar (Atkinson)…
Becoming JaneBecoming Jane (2007)
Dir. Julian Jarrold
Feat. Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters
The early chapters of Jane Austen’s literary life are dramatised in this rose–tinted biopic of her formative romantic…

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