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Wuthering Heights -- The story of unfortunate lovers Heathcliff and Cathy who, despite a deep affection for one another, are forced by circumstance and prejudice to live their apart...

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Director:
Writers:
Charles MacArthur (screen play by) and
Ben Hecht (screen play by) ...
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Release Date:
7 April 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Story of Vengeful Thwarted Love See more »
Plot:
A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Very moving film See more (109 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Merle Oberon ... Cathy

Laurence Olivier ... Heathcliff

David Niven ... Edgar
Flora Robson ... Ellen

Donald Crisp ... Dr. Kenneth

Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Isabella
Hugh Williams ... Hindley

Leo G. Carroll ... Joseph

Miles Mander ... Lockwood

Cecil Kellaway ... Earnshaw
Cecil Humphreys ... Judge Linton
Sarita Wooton ... Cathy (as a child) (as Sarita Wooten)
Rex Downing ... Heathcliff (as a child)
Douglas Scott ... Hindley (as a child)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Benson ... Heathcliff Servant (uncredited)
Romaine Callender ... Robert (uncredited)
Richard Clucas ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Vernon Downing ... Giles (uncredited)
Alice Ehlers ... Madame Ehlers (uncredited)
Harold Entwistle ... Beadle (uncredited)

Peter Gowland ... Dancer (uncredited)
Helena Grant ... Miss Hudkins (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest / Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Susanne Leach ... Guest (uncredited)
Tommy Martin ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Schuyler Standish ... Little Boy (uncredited)
William Stelling ... Dancer (uncredited)
Diane Williams ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Linton Servant (uncredited)
Philip Winter ... Cathy's Partner (uncredited)

Directed by
William Wyler 
 
Writing credits
Charles MacArthur (screen play by) and
Ben Hecht (screen play by)

Emily Brontë (from the novel by)

John Huston  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (music)
 
Cinematography by
Gregg Toland (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
James Basevi (art direction)
Alexander Toluboff (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Omar Kiam (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Robert Stephanoff .... make-up artist (as Blagoe Stephanoff)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Mayo .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Paul Neal .... sound recorder
 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jewel Jordan .... stunt double: Merle Oberon (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Samuel Goldwyn .... presents
Jack Crosby .... dances (uncredited)
Lynn Farnol .... general press representative (uncredited)
Gus Schroeder .... location manager (uncredited)
Peter Shaw .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 (1955) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1947) | UK:U | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #5104) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Samuel Goldwyn later claimed that this was his favorite production.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Cathy walks uphill to see Heathcliff, her entire costume changes.See more »
Quotes:
Cathy:Heathcliff, make the world stop right here. Make everything stop and stand still and never move again. Make the moors never change and you and I never change.
Heathcliff:The moors and I will never change. Don't you, Cathy.
Cathy:I can't. I can't. No matter what I ever do or say, Heathcliff, this is me now; standing on this hill with you. This is me forever.
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Soundtrack:
The Wedding MarchSee more »

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Very moving film, 24 August 2004
Author: perfectbond

I have not read the Emily Bronte novel on which this film is based so obviously I cannot comment on the effectiveness of it as an adaptation (I understand that almost the entire second half of the book was excised). However, I thoroughly enjoyed the film. Oberon and especially Olivier, one of my favorites, are very convincing and moving as the doomed lovers Cathy and Heathcliff (according to my friend, Heathcliff is written as being much more likeable in the film than in the book). The supporting cast was also very good. Wuthering Heights just deals very poignantly with the effect that birth and status have on people's lives. Yet another winner from Wyler. My score 9/10.

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