Firth is a young servant in 18th-century England who was switched at birth. He goes through various adventures, including an affair with the mysterious Ann-Margret. It's a long and tedious film that desperately tries to capture the feeling of Richardson's wild and wonderful TOM JONES.
Richardson's direction just doesn't match up to his previous effort, though, which also was based on another Fielding novel. Gielgud, Ashcroft, and Griffith make brief cameos, but to no avail. The one saving grace is the attention to detail--the film has the look and feel of 18th-century England.
Pity it has no plot.