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A Hazard of Hearts

1987
1h 30m
Drama/Romance
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Cast

Diana Rigg (Lady Harriet Vulcan)Edward Fox (Lord Harry Wrotham)Helena Bonham Carter (Serena Staverley)Fiona Fullerton (Lady Isabel Gillingham)Neil Dickson (Nicholas)Christopher Plummer (Sir Giles Staverley)Stewart Granger (Old Vulcan)Anna Massey (Eudora)Eileen Atkins (Lady Harriet's Maid)Gareth Hunt (Joker)Marcus Gilbert (Lord Justin Vulcan)Robert Addie (Lord Peter Gillingham)James Gaddas (Lord John Burley)Christopher Villiers (Captain Jackson)Ben Aris (Lieutenant of Dragoons)Genevieve Allenbury (Yvette)Lea Rochelle (Marie Louise)Kenny Ireland (Padlett)

Director

John Hough

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Synopsis

When compulsive gambler Sir Giles Staverley (Christopher Plummer) has lost his estate and all of his money playing dice, he realizes that he only has one thing left of value: his daughter Serena (Helena Bonham Carter). In a final game, he stakes his daughter's hand in marriage, convinced that this time he will not lose. Unfortunately, however, he does lose; to the evil Lord Harry Wrotham (Edward Fox). Unable to return home and tell his daughter that he has lost her in a game of dice, Sir Giles kills himself there and then. Lord Justin Vulcan (Marcus Gilbert), who has witnessed the events, takes pity on Serena Staverley, although they have never met. He challenges Lord Harry Wrotham to a game of dice in which the winner takes Staverley Court and Miss Serena. Lord Justin Vulcan wins and is simply pleased that he has saved someone from the nasty Wrotham, he thinks no more about the event. One evening, however, Vulcan's friend Lord Peter Gillingham (Robert Addie) insists upon them going to Staverley Court to take a look at Vulcan's "prize". When arriving there, Vulcan finds Serena Staverley more beautiful than he ever imagined.

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