The story of Emma Hamilton, the woman who raised herself from poverty and obscurity to become the mistress of one of history's most famous personages, Lord Admiral Nelson of the British Navy. An interesting note - this was Winston Churchill's favorite movie. AKA "Lady Hamilton." Academy Award Nominations: 4. Academy Awards: Best Sound Recording.
One of cinema's most dashing duos, real-life spouses Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier enact their greatest on-screen romance in this visually dazzling tragic love story from legendary producer-director Alexander Korda. Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars of the late eighteenth century, That Hamilton Woman is a gripping account of the scandalous adulterous affair between the British Royal Navy officer Lord Horatio Nelson and the renowned beauty Lady Emma Hamilton, the wife of a British ambassador. With its grandly designed sea battles and formidable star performances, Korda's film (Winston Churchill's favorite movie, which he claimed to have seen over eighty times) brings history to vivid, glamorous life.
Based on the true story of the 18th century love affair between the marriedd Lady Emma Hamilton and Lord Horatio Nelson, recounted in retrospect by Emma as an older woman caught stealing a bottle of wine.
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Original video distributor was Sultan Entertainment. It is now distributed by HBO Video.
The only film Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh actually made together during the course of their 20 year marriage (1940-1960). They did make a number of films together prior to 1940.
The film was a joint British/American production.
Edward Linden provided the special sequences photography; Julia Heron is credited with "interior" decoration; Blagoe Stephanoff did the makeu.