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Barbara Taylor Bradford: To Be The Best [DVD]

Lindsay Wagner , Anthony Hopkins , Tony Wharmby    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lindsay Wagner, Anthony Hopkins, Stephanie Beacham, Christopher Cazenove, Stuart Wilson
  • Directors: Tony Wharmby
  • Writers: Barbara Taylor Bradford, Elliott Baker
  • Producers: Aida Young, Robert Bradford
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 203 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018JJH1A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,854 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Paula O'Neil (Lindsay Wagner), the sole heir and head of the empire built up by her great-grandmother, Emma Harte, must fight off the hostile intentions of her power-hungry cousin Jonathan. Adapted from Barbara Taylor Bradford's best selling novel, and the sequel to 'A Woman of Substance' and 'Hold the Dream'.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Something To Remember 1 Feb 2005
The legend of Emma Hart continues in this third instalment of Barbara Taylor Bradford's smash hit To Be The Best.
It leaves the simple but breathtaking views of Yorkshire behind and settles amongst the glamour, corruption, and power, in Tokyo.
It has been some years since the beautiful and immensely powerful Paula O'Neil (now played by Lindsay Wagner) banished her traitor cousins Sarah Lowther (Claire Oberman) and Jonathon Ainsley (Christopher Cazenove) from the powerful Harte family for cheating her beloved grandmothers world dominating empire. But now she faces fresh threats from her vindictive and egotistical cousins, Jonathon has his sights set on claiming a considerable amount of the Hartes shares and it seems that no-one will prevent him from owning the family empire he was excluded from.
Also starring Anthony Hopkins as Jack Figg, Paula's head of security. To Be The Best promises to be one of the best sequels ever created from the hand of a truly inspirational novelist.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Kwame
I was a big fan of BTB's Emma Harte triology (OK, now 6 books) - with are all fantastic! The Woman of Substance film was great, it followed the plot of the book reasonably well. However, I found the third installment most disappointing, as it greatly deviates from, and even cheapens, the premise of the third novel.

The story of the film is much different from the book, and not in the usual book-to-movie amendments that would be expected. Alexander Barkstone has been made into a bumbling fool who contributes to the weakening the Hartes stores through an "un-Sandy like" trait of excessive gambling, Shane O'Neill is a territorial, arrogant, dominant male who now begrudges his wife's work (and his hotels have become a 'middling' concern), and her brother Philip O'Neill is a chauvinist pig. The story line of the novel was replaced with fist-fights and gunplay as would be expected in a third rate Bond movie without gadgets or fun toys, and very unnecessarily so. There was a suicide, the injuring of a child through rampaging horses, assassination attempt, and two murders (I know - wrong book to base this movie on!!). The story focuses on Jonathan Ainsleys masterminding of Paula O'Neils downfall - while he is tricky in the book by buying Hartes shares he is more opportunistic and not the puppet master. There is no mention of Emily or the Kallinskis - the role of Ronald Kallinski instead taken on by Hartes head of security played by Anthony Hopkins (although in a more cloak-and-dagger manner and always good for added sexual tension), and cousin Sarah is back on the scene with a bitchy vengance. And what on earth is going on with Paulas hair??

While I understand the need for simplifying the story I dont feel that there was any need to deviate as far from the book as this film has.
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5.0 out of 5 stars to be the best 27 Nov 2012
now this one is linked to the first story which is the continuing saga the firone being
a woman of substance which was a great three part story
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5.0 out of 5 stars TO BE THE BEST 30 Sep 2010
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5.0 out of 5 stars To be the best 13 April 2013
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We enjoyed this dvd very much and watch it over and over again along with the whole series. It is easy to watch, and a good film even without 'knowing what went on before' as a one off. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys an easy-to-watch romance, and a story about a successful woman!
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