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A Little Night Music (1977)

Frederick Egerman (Len Cariou) is very happy in his marriage to a seventeen-year-old virgin, Anne (Lesley-Anne Down). Only she's been a virgin for the whole eleven months of the marriage, ... See full summary »


Harold Prince


Ingmar Bergman (suggested by: a film by "Sommarnattens leende"), Hugh Wheeler (screenplay)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Desiree Armfeldt
Diana Rigg ... Charlotte Mittelheim
Len Cariou ... Frederick Egerman
Lesley-Anne Down ... Anne Egerman
Hermione Gingold ... Mme. Armfeldt
Laurence Guittard Laurence Guittard ... Carl-Magnus Mittelheim
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Erich Egerman
Lesley Dunlop ... Petra
Chloe Franks ... Fredericka Armfeldt
Heinz Marecek Heinz Marecek ... Frid
Jonathan Tunick Jonathan Tunick ... Conductor
Hubert Tscheppe Hubert Tscheppe ... Franz
Rudolph Schrympf Rudolph Schrympf ... Band Conductor
Franz Schussler Franz Schussler ... The Mayor
Johanna Schussler Johanna Schussler ... The Mayoress


Frederick Egerman (Len Cariou) is very happy in his marriage to a seventeen-year-old virgin, Anne (Lesley-Anne Down). Only she's been a virgin for the whole eleven months of the marriage, and being a bit restless, Fredrick goes to see an old flame, the famous actress Desiree Armfeldt (Dame Elizabeth Taylor). Desiree is getting tired of her life, and is thinking of settling down, and sets her sights on Fredrick, despite his marriage, and her own married lover Count Carl-Magnus Mittelheim (Laurence Guittard). She gets her mother to invite the Egermans to her country estate for the weekend. But when Carl-Magnus and his wife Charlotte (Dame Diana Rigg) appear, too, things begin to get farcical (Send in the Clowns), and the night must smile for the third time before all the lovers are united. Written by Kathy Li

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Did You Know?


The stage version of "A Little Night Music" opened at the Shubert Theater in New York City on February 23, 1973 and ran for six hundred one performances. The opening night cast included Len Cariou, Hermione Gingold, and Glynis Johns. See more »


Referenced in The Muppet Show: Judy Collins (1978) See more »


It Would Have Been Wonderful
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Len Cariou and Laurence Guittard
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Is it weird that I had higher hopes for this one?
24 November 2019 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

I love Stephen Sondheim's shows (except for Pacific Overtures), and was interested to see this film adaptation.

Liz Taylor plays an actress named Desiree Armfeldt, who tours around the world with her theatre troupe, while her 12/13 year old daughter, Fredericka, stays with Desiree's mother, Madame Leonora Armfeldt. Desiree has had an on-again, off-again affair with lawyer, Frederick Egerman (who has just married an 18 year old girl named Anne, who, after 11 months of marriage, is still, unfortunately, a virgin). Unbeknownst to Frederick, his new wife, Anne, and his grown son, Henrik, are in love, and Desiree is also having an affair with another man, Karl-Magnus Mittelheim. Anne and Frederick are invited to Desiree's house for a "weekend in the country;" she initially does not want to go, but Karl-Magnus' wife, Charlotte, convinces her to in the hopes that Frederick and Desiree will end up together, and her husband Karl-Magnus will stop fooling around with Desiree.

Liz seemed very watered down to me as Desiree Armfeldt. I don't really know why, I just feel like she could have given more of a performance. I liked Len Cariou in this; he reprised his role of Frederick (from the original Broadway production); I enjoyed Lesley-Anne Down's singing voice, but I felt like her acting was not believable. I guess I was the most impressed by Diana Rigg as Charlotte. She seemed to be fairly consistent the entire film.

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Release Date:

21 May 1980 (Portugal) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

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1.66 : 1
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