Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont is a 2005 US-produced comedy-drama film based on the 1971 novel by Elizabeth Taylor. It was directed by Dan Ireland and produced by Lee Caplin, Carl Colpaert and Zachary Matz from a screenplay by Ruth Sacks Caplin.

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
Original US poster
Directed byDan Ireland
Produced byLee Caplin
Carl Colpaert
Matt Devlen
Zachary Matz
Screenplay byRuth Sacks Caplin
Based onMrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
by Elizabeth Taylor
StarringJoan Plowright
Rupert Friend
Anna Massey
Robert Lang
Zoë Tapper
Music byStephen Barton
CinematographyClaudio Rocha
Claremont Films
B7 Productions
Distributed byCineville (US)
Release date
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  • 25 November 2005 (2005-11-25) (US)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,919,275[1]

The film stars Joan Plowright and Rupert Friend, with Zoë Tapper, Anna Massey, Robert Lang, Marcia Warren, Georgina Hale, Millicent Martin, Michael Culkin and Anna Carteret.


All but abandoned by her family in a London retirement hotel, Mrs Palfrey (Joan Plowright) strikes up a curious friendship with a young writer, Ludovic Meyer (Rupert Friend). Fate brings them together after she has an accident outside his basement flat. The two newly found friends discover they have a lot more in common with each other than they do with other people their own age. Ludovic inadvertently leads Mrs. Palfrey through her past; Mrs. Palfrey inadvertently leads Ludovic to his future.


The 2005 film is based on the 1971 novel entitled Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor.

TV versionEdit

The novel was first dramatised as a TV play in 1973, as part of BBC's series Play for Today, with Celia Johnson playing Mrs Palfrey.[2]



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