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Cousin Bette (1971)

Cast: Margaret Tyzack, Helen Mirren, Thorley Walters, more...
Director: Gareth Davies
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Studio: Acorn Media
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Television, Costume Drama/Period Piece, British TV, British Drama, UK

Cousin Bette (Disc 1 of 2) (1971)
The BBC dramatization of Honoré de Balzacs novel about the fury of a woman scorned In this acclaimed drama seen on Masterpiece Theatre in the 1970s, Margaret Tyzack (The Forsyte Saga) stars as Balzacs furious spinster with Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect) as the beautiful young siren who helps her lure men to their ruin.

Born plain and poor, Bette Fischer endures her lot, until her wealthy cousins family steals her only treasurethe young sculptor she has taken under her wing. Joining forces with the ambitious, greedy, and alluring Valerie Marneffe, Bette vows to have her revenge and sets out to ruin the family by exploiting the sexual appetites of the men and the naiveté of the women.

Also starring Colin Baker (Doctor Who), Thorley Walters (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), and Ursula Howells (The Cazalets).

Cousin Bette (Disc 2 of 2) (1971)
An embittered spinster rains vengeance upon her wealthy family after a beautiful niece steals her handsome protégé in this classic BBC drama based on the novel by Honoré de Balzac and starring revered British actress Helen Mirren in her very first mini-series. Cousin Bette is approaching middle-age, and earns her keep as an embroiderer whose beautiful work belies the pent-up resentment she feels towards her wealthy family. When her handsome protégé runs off with her gorgeous young niece, an infuriated Bette determines to make the lives of her pompous family members a living hell. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Cousin Bette (Disc 1 of 2) (1971)
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