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Conduct Unbecoming (1975)

At a British Regimental party in Colonial India, the widow of Captain Scarlett is assaulted in the garden, and she accuses one of the newly arrived junior Lieutenants of the crime.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Robert Enders, Barry England (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael York ... 2nd Lt. Arthur Drake
Richard Attenborough ... Maj. Lionel E. Roach
Trevor Howard ... Col. Benjamin Strang
Stacy Keach ... Capt. Harper
Christopher Plummer ... Maj. Alastair Wimbourne
Susannah York ... Mrs. Marjorie Scarlett
James Faulkner ... 2nd Lt. Edward Millington
Michael Culver ... Lt. Richard Fothergill
James Donald ... The Doctor
Rafiq Anwar Rafiq Anwar ... Pradah Singh
Helen Cherry ... Mrs. Strang
Michael Fleming Michael Fleming ... Lt. Frank Hart
David Robb ... 2nd Lt. Winters
David Purcell David Purcell ... 2nd Lt. Boulton
Andrew Lodge Andrew Lodge ... 2nd Lt. Hutton
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Storyline

A company of British soldiers in colonial India is shaken when the widow of their most honored hero is assaulted. A young officer must defend a fellow Lieutenant from the charges in an unusual court-martial, while investigating the deepening mystery behind the attack. Written by klantry

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An unspeakable crime among officers and ladies.

Genres:

Drama | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1976 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Conduct Unbecoming See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lion International, Crown See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Ismail Merchant of Merchant Ivory Productions, who partnered with Director James Ivory, was interested in making this movie at one point. See more »

Crazy Credits

The beginning of the closing credits features a sepia-toned still photograph of a mustachioed British Army officer in uniform and a caption that reads:

L.F. Roach Major 20th Indian Light Cavalry Killed in action -- Ratjaphur --1878

The photograph fades into a cast photo over which the closing credits roll. There is no indication as whether or not the person pictured was actually Major Roach. See more »

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Definitely Underrated Film
25 October 2006 | by ragosaalSee all my reviews

"Conduct Unbecoming" is a sort of thriller settled in a British regiment in colonial India. The widow of a heroic officer is assaulted by an unrevealed comrade in arms and an investigation takes place.

In my opinion, though not a classic and not even perhaps a great movie, this film is a most interesting product for those of us who enjoy "who did it?" movies. It takes place in a most original environment and its substance increases with subjects like military honor, loyalty, camaraderie and cowardice.

The cast is perfect and another highlight in the film with very convincing performances from Trevor Howard (as usual), Cristopher Plummer, Richard Attenborough, Michael York, Susanah York and always reliable James Donald in a minor role.

I'm sure that with a more imaginative and strong director than Michael Anderson (Stanley Kubrick, John Frankenheimer just to name a couple), this could have been a great film, nearly a classic).

But nonetheless, "Conduct Unbecoming" stands as a fine piece of entertainment in its genre and surely is worth a watch.


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