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This review is from: All For Love  [DVD] (DVD)
For fans of the original Robert Louis Stevenson novel, St Ives, you might want to give this a miss - but if you enjoy action, comedy, romance and heaving bosoms - this is the film for you.
Made by the BBC and starring Jean Marc Barr as Capitaine Jacques St Ives, Richard E Grant as Major Farquar Chevening and Miranda Richardson and Anna Friel as the aunt and niece Miss Gilchrists, All For Love tells the story of a French Captain who finds himself in a Scottish prison at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Drawn to prison visitor Flora (Anna Friel) he makes a gift of a carved box to her, which contains his family crest. Flora knows this crest and decides to seek out Jacques Gradndfather who lives nearby with Jacques rake of a brother, Alain.
Meanwhile, repressed Major Chevening has hopes of romance with Flora and asks Jacques for advice in the art of love. "If you want to please a woman, use your tongue" says Jacques, veteren of many duels, and once the Major understands that women like to hear compliments, he is soon on his way to begin his courtship.
The dvd has enough double meanings for it to be given a 15 rating, but really, these remarks and actions will have the adults sniggering, but will go over the head of most children. The scene where the stuffy Major is bound and gagged to the raunchy Susan Gilchrist, who declares that she will will "wriggle free in the manner of a Cobra" is laugh out loud funny - as is the Major's decision to sing hymns to take his mind off the female body bound - and squirming - next to his!
This is a well made, beautifully filmed comedy drama with stunning sets and well paced action. I am sure the basic story of St Ives is here - it is just padded out with some visual and verbal comedy as well as the expected action of a RLS story.
Get hold of a copy and settle down for some swash buckling laughs and all round heroic deeds. And bosoms....