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A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

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A pair of lookalikes, one a former French aristocrat and the other an alcoholic English lawyer, fall in love with the same woman amongst the turmoil of the French Revolution.

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An elaborate adaptation of Dickens' classic tale of the French Revolution. Dissipated lawyer Sydney Carton defends emigre Charles Darnay from charges of spying against England. He becomes enamored of Darnay's fiancée, Lucie Manette, and agrees to help her save Darnay from the guillotine when he is captured by Revolutionaries in Paris. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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The most dramatic love story in the history of literature! See more »

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Drama | History | Romance

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25 December 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charles Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities'  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This was David O. Selznick's last film for MGM. He was able to fund his own studio afterwards largely on the strength of this film's box office receipts. See more »

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Close up of a paper reporting arrest of Charles Darnay shows a Reuters report. The action takes place in 1785...Paul Reuter was born in 1816 and did not set up his eponymous news agency until 1850. See more »

Quotes

C.J. Stryver: [in court] Mr. Barsad, have you ever been kicked?
Barsad: Certainly not.
C.J. Stryver: Come, come, Mr. Barsad, weren't you one time kicked downstairs?
Barsad: Well, once I was kicked at the top of the stairs, but I fell down the stairs of my own will and wolition.
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Version of A Tale of Two Cities (1980) See more »

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Egmont Overture, Op. 84
(1809-10) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Freely arranged by Herbert Stothart
Played as background music by The MGM Symphony Orchestra
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Not many films can live up to the book, this one did.
4 September 2003 | by (cambridge) – See all my reviews

A Tale of Two Cities is one of my top 5 books. All the emotions are there and you are left feeling uplifted but frustrated. The film has captured all this. Whilst it has not all the elements of the book (we would be talking about a 5 hour film) it has distilled the important essence and portrayed it beautifully. Ronald Coleman was a fine actor, his characters colourful and full of life. There have been a few remakes for the big screen and TV but none come even close to the brilliance of this film. Therefore it goes into my top 10 of films. What more can I say.


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