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An Englishman Abroad is a film based on the true story of a chance meeting of an actress, Coral Browne, with Guy Burgess, one of the famous group of Soviet Union whilst with MI6. Filmed in Glasgow in the early 1980's, the setting is the late 1950's in Moscow where Burgess has fled to following MI6 detection of his treason. Burgess meets Browne in a theatre dressing room and charms her. Later on she is invited to his Moscow flat to measure him for some clothes that he would like ordered from his London tailors. The characterisation of Burgess by Alan Bates has been held in high acclaim. This is the story of a very English Englishman trying to ignore his homesickness for the country he has betrayed while also trying to cope with post Stalinist Russian life and convince himself that it was all worthwhile. Coral Browne stars as herself.


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