White Mischief

Synopsis: A millionaire past his prime and his young wife arrive in Kenya circa 1940 to find that the other affluent British expatriates are living large as the homefront gears up for war. They are busy swapping partners, doing drugs, and attending lavish parties and horse races. She begins a torrid affair with one of the bon vivants, and her husband finds out and confronts them. The husband and wife decide to break up peacefully, but the bon vivant is murdered and all the evidence points to the husband.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Michael Radford
Production: Columbia Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

l'm not going to Africa without capital.

As your agent, l shouldn't

advise you financially.

Then don't.

Frankly, Sir Delves,

the estates are a reliable source

of income, particularly at this time.

l know Courtney agrees with me.

To sell may not be exactly prudent.

- Who is Courtney?

- Your accountant, sir.


After all, the land has been

in your family for centuries.

What if we lose the war?

Have you though of that?

Lose the war, sir?

Ah, Diana.

Morning, Jock.

- How was the ride?

- Marvellous.

- Morning, sir. Sorry about your lawn.

- The gardeners will deal with it.

Well, here's to love.

Very funny.

- You...don't think he's rather old?

- l like older men.

They have more money.

Oh, no!

My mother married for a title.

Look what happened to her.

l'm not your mother, thank God.

lt closes most of

your options, that's all.

You're a man,

you like wars. l don't.

Kiss me, Hughie.

Now tell me you love me.

l love you. You know l do.

Then wish me luck.

Here's to lions, tigers, and rich men.

- There are no tigers in Africa.

- Aren't there? What are there, then?

Um, ostriches, baboons, hyenas.

Well, here's to all of them.

And to respectability...at last.

Nice shot!

Go on!

Take it! Take it!

Get moving, damn you!

Hook him by, man.

Where's the ball?

- Bad luck, Gilbert.

- Where is it? Can't see a thing!

l think we won.

Good game, what?

What was the score?

Look what that horse did

to my trousers!

Come along, Gilbert.

Forget about your Maasai

and come have some fun, hm?

# A is for Alice who does nothing right

# B for the lover

she yearns for each night

# C is for Colvile

who's gone off his head

# D is for de Trafford

who hates being wed...

ldina, don't be ridiculous.

You were my wife!

- Besides, l want to sleep with Alice.

- l'm sleeping with Alice.

Come on, Raymond, you've been

sleeping with her for weeks.

Who is it going to be?

- # I is Idina, so fragiIe and fraiI...

- Gilbert.

This is frightfully unsettling.

Doesn't anyone want to f*** me?

Go on, Gilbert. She's a nice woman.

- No.

l expect it will have to be me, as usual.

Oh, come on, Joss.

Blow again.

- Are you happy?

- Of course, darling.


Jock, what are you up to?

Still selling off your estate

to pay for your racehorses?

l decided

l'm not much use in England.

l can serve the war effort

better here with my farms.

Producing food for the troops.

This is our most vital role in Kenya.

Champagne all right?



Let me introduce you.

- Gwladys Delamere.

- How do you do?

- June Carberry. My wife.

- Hello!

She's absolutely ravishing!

Gerald. l must fly.

l have a council meeting.

We must dine together

when you're settled.

- Lovely to meet you.

- Come sit by me.

l've heard so much about you.

- What sort of council?

- She's mayor of Nairobi.

Good Lord!

- Sir Delves, your mail.

- Oh, thank you.

Do tell me everything.

London seems very far away.

May l say what a pleasure it is

to have yourself

and Lady Broughton as our guests.

l trust you had a pleasant journey?


- Something wrong?

- No, no.

Excuse me. l have to send a telegram.

How is morale? Is it hideously low?

No. People seem frightfully optimistic.

Everyone is joining up.

Nice camera.

ls it one of those

new-fangled German ones?

l want to take photographs

of the big game on safari.

Talking of ''big game'',

there's one

of the biggest in the colony.

lsn't he splendid?

- Who is he?

- Joss Erroll. Lord Erroll.

Fourth in line to the Scottish throne.

- No money at all.

- Oh?

Confidentially, he's a frightful cad.

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Michael Radford

Michael Radford (born 24 February 1946) is an English film director and screenwriter. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for the 1994 film Il Postino. more…

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