The Nelson Affair (1973)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Period Film, Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Apr 18, 1973 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 118 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Synopsis by Don Kaye

Based on a play by Terence Rattigan, The Nelson Affair recounts an infamous 18th century British scandal in slow-paced, talk-heavy fashion. Lord Nelson (Peter Finch) returns from battling Napoleon's navy and takes some well-deserved leave. He immediately picks up where he left off with Lady Hamilton (Glenda Jackson), blatantly carrying on their affair in public view of his family and beleagured wife (Margaret Leighton). Hamilton herself is under strain due to her advancing age and Nelson's unflagging need to return to sea. The picture plays more like a filmed theater piece than an epic historical romance (the famous Battle Of Trafalgar was filmed indoors and utilized stock footage), but Finch and Jackson turn in their usual excellent performances.

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agent [representative], battle [war], Britain, conflict, correspondence, daughter, death, disapproval, emotion, espionage, estate, extramarital-affair, fame, family, forgiveness, France, handsome, home, honor [recognition], husband, king, lady, letter, life, loot, lord, lover, Navy, party, past, poverty, prison, queen [royalty], refusal, relative, responsibility, royalty, scandal, sea, sister, son, Summer, traveling, trip, weapons, wife, wound [injury], maniac, security-guard