Release Date: 9th June 1998
Director: Malcolm Mowbray
Writer: Malcolm Mowbray
Producer: Simon Bosanquet
Executive Producer: Marina Gefter, Julia Palau & Mark Shivas
Runtime: 1hr 30mins
Also known as: Sweet Revenge
The plot focuses on two disparate characters. Conservative Henry Bell has been eased out of his job by condescending Bruce Tick, while wealthy and wildly eccentric Karen Knightly has been abandoned by her lover Anthony Staxton-Billing, who opted to return to his wife Imogen. Both are intent on committing suicide by leaping from the Tower Bridge in London. When neither succeeds, they strike a bargain whereby each agrees to exact revenge on behalf of the other, although Henry is less enthusiastic about the plan.
Karen, disguised as a frumpy office temp, finds employment as an assistant to Tick and quickly derails his marriage by leading his wife Hilary to believe he’s involved in an extramarital affair. Henry, meanwhile, is finding it difficult to keep his end of the bargain, since he has fallen in love with Imogen, the object of Karen’s revenge. Instead of planning her demise, he begins an affair with the beguiling woman. Henry learns that Anthony left Karen not for Imogen, but for beautician Daphne Teal, and he begins to suspect Karen is more of a villain than a victim. The woman proves to be a formidable foe when she realizes Henry may renege on their deal.
Adding to the humorous complications are Karen’s oddball brother Oliver, who delights in racing through the interior of their rural mansion on his motor scooter; elderly and slightly befuddled housekeeper Winnie; and Daphne’s very inept daughter Norma, who’s being groomed to take over the household chores so Winnie finally can retire.
Sam Neill…as Henry Bell
Helena Bonham Carter…as Karen Knightly
Kristin Scott Thomas…as Imogen Staxton-Billing
Rupert Graves…as Oliver Knightly
Martin Clunes…as Anthony Staxton-Billing
Steve Coogan…as Bruce Tick
Liz Smith…as Winnie
Charlotte Coleman…as Norma
Anita Dobson…as Daphne Teal
John Wood…as Col. Marcus