Based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh. Tony and Brenda Last (James Wilby
and Kristen Scott Thomas) appear to be the perfect married couple - with
money, position, a great country house and an adored son, John Andrew.
When Tony inadvertently invites John Beaver (Rupert Graves), an idle and
penniless young socialite, to stay for the weekend, he sets in motion
a series of events which drastically disrupts the course of all their
Brenda drifts into an affair with the worthless Mr. Beaver, with disastrous
consequences, particularly for Tony, who remains unaware of Brenda's betrayal
until the tragic death of their young son. As Brenda leaves home to take
up a precarious life with her lover in London, Tony sets sail with an
eccentric explorer on an expedition to the South American rain forests.
Lost in the jungle and stricken by fever, Tony is rescued from death by
the eccentric half-caste Mr. Todd (Alec Guinness), with unexpected and