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Slapstick comedy based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. A stiff English officer, captain Charles Edstaston (Peter O'Toole), and his fiancée Claire arrive in St. Petersburg. Edstaston is brought to the imperial court to seek audience with the empress Catherine (Jeanne Moreau). He obtains an interview with her courtier, the drunken Potemkin (Zero Mostel), who ends up carrying him in his arms to the empress and dumping him into her royal bed. From this moment on, the hapless Edstaston endeavours to escape from the clutches of the sex-crazed empress and leave the city with his English fiancée.

  1. Gordon Flemyng

    Director

  2. Hugh Leonard

    Writer

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  1. Peter O'Toole

    Peter O'Toole

    Capt. Charles Edstaston

  2. Zero Mostel

    Zero Mostel

    Potemkin

  3. Jeanne Moreau

    Jeanne Moreau

    Catherine

  4. Jack Hawkins

    Jack Hawkins

    The British Ambassador

  5. Akim Tamiroff

    Akim Tamiroff

    Sergeant

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Great Catherine

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Status Released

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  • November 29, 1968
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 39m

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