Robert Stephens

Sir Robert Stephens  (14 July 1931 – 12 November 1995) was a leading English actor in the early years of England's Royal National Theatre. He was one of the most respected actors of his generation and was at one time regarded as the natural successor to Laurence Olivier. While very acting on stage his whole life, he also participated in more than 100 theatrical films and TV series episodes.  He was married to actress Maggie Smith between 1967 and 1974. They had two children together, who both have become actors: Toby Stephens and Chris Larkin.  Following years of ill health, he died on 12 November 1995 at the age of 64 due to complications during surgery, eleven months after having been knighted.  Description above partly from the Wikipedia article Robert Stephens, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

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A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Zaillian
CAST:  Max Pomeranc  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Joan Allen  •  Ben Kingsley

A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Zaillian
CAST:  Max Pomeranc  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Joan Allen  •  Ben Kingsley

Cleopatra (1963)

Determined to hold on to the throne, Cleopatra seduces the Roman emperor Julius Caesar. When Caesar is murdered, she redirects her attentions to his general, Marc Antony, who vows to take power—but Caesar’s successor has other plans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Richard Burton  •  Rex Harrison  •  Roddy McDowall

Determined to hold on to the throne, Cleopatra seduces the Roman emperor Julius Caesar. When Caesar is murdered, she redirects her attentions to his general, Marc Antony, who vows to take power—but Caesar’s successor has other plans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Richard Burton  •  Rex Harrison  •  Roddy McDowall

Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)

Morgan, an aggressive and self-admitted dreamer, a fantasist who uses his flights of fancy as refuge from external reality, where his unconventional behavior lands him in a divorce from his wife, Leonie, trouble with the police and, ultimately, incarceration in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Karel Reisz
CAST:  David Warner  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Robert Stephens  •  Irene Handl

Morgan, an aggressive and self-admitted dreamer, a fantasist who uses his flights of fancy as refuge from external reality, where his unconventional behavior lands him in a divorce from his wife, Leonie, trouble with the police and, ultimately, incarceration in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Karel Reisz
CAST:  David Warner  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Robert Stephens  •  Irene Handl

Romeo and Juliet (1968)

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Director Franco Zeffirelli's beloved version of one of the most well-known love stories in the English language. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families. Driven by their passion, the young lovers defy their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franco Zeffirelli
CAST:  Leonard Whiting  •  Olivia Hussey  •  John McEnery  •  Michael York

Director Franco Zeffirelli's beloved version of one of the most well-known love stories in the English language. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families. Driven by their passion, the young lovers defy their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franco Zeffirelli
CAST:  Leonard Whiting  •  Olivia Hussey  •  John McEnery  •  Michael York

The Duellists (1977)

In 1800, as Napoleon Bonaparte rises to power in France, a rivalry erupts between Armand and Gabriel, two lieutenants in the French Army, over a perceived insult. For over a decade, they engage in a series of duels amidst larger conflicts, including the failed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Keith Carradine  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Albert Finney  •  Robert Stephens

In 1800, as Napoleon Bonaparte rises to power in France, a rivalry erupts between Armand and Gabriel, two lieutenants in the French Army, over a perceived insult. For over a decade, they engage in a series of duels amidst larger conflicts, including the failed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Keith Carradine  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Albert Finney  •  Robert Stephens

The Fruit Machine (1988)

Eddie and Michael are two 16-year-old gay friends from Liverpool. Berated by his father for his camp behavior, Eddie runs away from his Liverpool home and joins Michael, a streetwise hustler, who is also on the run.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Emile Charles  •  Tony Forsyth  •  Louis Emerick  •  Bruce Payne

Eddie and Michael are two 16-year-old gay friends from Liverpool. Berated by his father for his camp behavior, Eddie runs away from his Liverpool home and joins Michael, a streetwise hustler, who is also on the run.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Saville
CAST:  Emile Charles  •  Tony Forsyth  •  Louis Emerick  •  Bruce Payne

The Pope Must Die (1991)

A less-than-qualified and far-from-perfect priest is mistakenly named the new pope. As the pontiff, he must deal with Vatican corruption, the Mob and the reappearance of his old lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Richardson
CAST:  Robbie Coltrane  •  Beverly D'Angelo  •  Alex Rocco  •  Adrian Edmondson

A less-than-qualified and far-from-perfect priest is mistakenly named the new pope. As the pontiff, he must deal with Vatican corruption, the Mob and the reappearance of his old lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Richardson
CAST:  Robbie Coltrane  •  Beverly D'Angelo  •  Alex Rocco  •  Adrian Edmondson

Century (1993)

Turn-of-the-century love story centered around a young doctor and the emergence of modern science.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Poliakoff
CAST:  Charles Dance  •  Clive Owen  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Robert Stephens

Turn-of-the-century love story centered around a young doctor and the emergence of modern science.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Poliakoff
CAST:  Charles Dance  •  Clive Owen  •  Miranda Richardson  •  Robert Stephens

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

Director Billy Wilder adds a new and intriguing twist to the personality of intrepid detective Sherlock Holmes. One thing hasn't changed however: Holmes' crime-solving talents. Holmes and Dr. Watson take on the case of a beautiful woman whose husband has vanished. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
CAST:  Robert Stephens  •  Colin Blakely  •  Geneviève Page  •  Christopher Lee

Director Billy Wilder adds a new and intriguing twist to the personality of intrepid detective Sherlock Holmes. One thing hasn't changed however: Holmes' crime-solving talents. Holmes and Dr. Watson take on the case of a beautiful woman whose husband has vanished. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
CAST:  Robert Stephens  •  Colin Blakely  •  Geneviève Page  •  Christopher Lee

Birth of a Nation (1983)

A new teacher at a highly problematic comprehensive school feels that corporal punishment may just be inflaming the problems, and so begins to campaign against it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Newell
CAST:  Jim Broadbent  •  Robert Stephens  •  Bruce Myers  •  Richard Butler

A new teacher at a highly problematic comprehensive school feels that corporal punishment may just be inflaming the problems, and so begins to campaign against it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Newell
CAST:  Jim Broadbent  •  Robert Stephens  •  Bruce Myers  •  Richard Butler

The Inspector (1962)

At the end of WW2, a compassionate Dutch policeman helps smuggle a Jewish woman into British Palestine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Dunne
CAST:  Stephen Boyd  •  Dolores Hart  •  Leo McKern  •  Hugh Griffith

At the end of WW2, a compassionate Dutch policeman helps smuggle a Jewish woman into British Palestine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Dunne
CAST:  Stephen Boyd  •  Dolores Hart  •  Leo McKern  •  Hugh Griffith

Wings of Fame (1990)

A famous movie actor claims that he has written a book. As result, a real author, not a very well known writer, vengefully kills him but then dies as a result of an accident. Next, they both find themselves in after-life, where souls of all famous people are gathered.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otakar Votoček
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Colin Firth  •  Marie Trintignant  •  Andréa Ferréol

A famous movie actor claims that he has written a book. As result, a real author, not a very well known writer, vengefully kills him but then dies as a result of an accident. Next, they both find themselves in after-life, where souls of all famous people are gathered.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otakar Votoček
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Colin Firth  •  Marie Trintignant  •  Andréa Ferréol

Lorna Doone (1990)

A feisty 17th-century Scotswoman falls in love with a despised landowner, to the dismay of her father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Grieve
CAST:  Michael MacKenzie  •  Andrew Ferguson  •  Sean Bean  •  Claire Madden

A feisty 17th-century Scotswoman falls in love with a despised landowner, to the dismay of her father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Grieve
CAST:  Michael MacKenzie  •  Andrew Ferguson  •  Sean Bean  •  Claire Madden

The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)

The compère of a seedy strip club struggles to keep one step ahead of the bookies to whom he owes money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Hughes
CAST:  Anthony Newley  •  Julia Foster  •  Robert Stephens  •  Wilfrid Brambell

The compère of a seedy strip club struggles to keep one step ahead of the bookies to whom he owes money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Hughes
CAST:  Anthony Newley  •  Julia Foster  •  Robert Stephens  •  Wilfrid Brambell

La nuit, tous les chats sont gris (1977)

Playwright Charles Watson entertains his niece Lily by telling her about the adventures of Philibert.Both these people have something to do with Philibert.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Zingg
CAST:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Robert Stephens  •  Laura Betti  •  Charlotte Crow

Playwright Charles Watson entertains his niece Lily by telling her about the adventures of Philibert.Both these people have something to do with Philibert.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Zingg
CAST:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Robert Stephens  •  Laura Betti  •  Charlotte Crow

Lunch Hour (1962)

A young female designer is on the brink of an affair with a married male executive at the company where she works. The film tells the story of their illicit lunch hour rendezvous.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Hill
CAST:  Shirley Anne Field  •  Robert Stephens  •  Kay Walsh  •  Hazel Hughes

A young female designer is on the brink of an affair with a married male executive at the company where she works. The film tells the story of their illicit lunch hour rendezvous.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Hill
CAST:  Shirley Anne Field  •  Robert Stephens  •  Kay Walsh  •  Hazel Hughes

Adam Bede (1992)

Rich and languorous, this adaptation of George Eliot's classic tale perfectly evokes rural England in the 18th Century. But beneath the tranquil surface of this pastoral idyll run deep passions and the bitter gall of betrayal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Giles Foster
CAST:  Iain Glen  •  Patsy Kensit  •  Susannah Harker  •  James Wilby

Rich and languorous, this adaptation of George Eliot's classic tale perfectly evokes rural England in the 18th Century. But beneath the tranquil surface of this pastoral idyll run deep passions and the bitter gall of betrayal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Giles Foster
CAST:  Iain Glen  •  Patsy Kensit  •  Susannah Harker  •  James Wilby

30 Door Key (1991)

A young writer in 1939 Warsaw faces the conflict of acting his age or relapsing into childhood during the brink of World War II. Based on the famous novel Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerzy Skolimowski
CAST:  Crispin Glover  •  Iain Glen  •  Robert Stephens  •  Judith Godrèche

A young writer in 1939 Warsaw faces the conflict of acting his age or relapsing into childhood during the brink of World War II. Based on the famous novel Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerzy Skolimowski
CAST:  Crispin Glover  •  Iain Glen  •  Robert Stephens  •  Judith Godrèche

The Children (1990)

Rose Sellars is a middle-aged woman who falls in love with a widower. However, his children believe that their father is too old to start a new relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Palmer
CAST:  Ben Kingsley  •  Kim Novak  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Siri Neal

Rose Sellars is a middle-aged woman who falls in love with a widower. However, his children believe that their father is too old to start a new relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Palmer
CAST:  Ben Kingsley  •  Kim Novak  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Siri Neal

Comrades (1987)

The story of "The Tolpuddle Martyrs". A group of 19th century English farm labourers who formed one of the first trade unions and started a campaign to receive fair wages.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Douglas
CAST:  Keith Allen  •  Robin Soans  •  Dave Atkins  •  Stephen Bateman

The story of "The Tolpuddle Martyrs". A group of 19th century English farm labourers who formed one of the first trade unions and started a campaign to receive fair wages.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Douglas
CAST:  Keith Allen  •  Robin Soans  •  Dave Atkins  •  Stephen Bateman
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