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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) and
Ben Hecht (screen play) ...
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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:
Olivier is Heathcliff See more (110 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) and
Ben Hecht (screen play)

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 
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 .... presenter
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:
Vivien Leigh wanted to play the lead role, alongside her then lover and future husband Laurence Olivier, but studio executives decided the role should go to Merle Oberon. They later offered Leigh the part of Isabelle Linton, but she declined and Geraldine Fitzgerald was cast.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Cathy's muff disappears when she turns around after entering the room.See more »
Quotes:
Cathy:Go on, Heathcliff. Run away. Bring me back the world.
Judge Linton:Pack this fellow off.
Heathcliff:I'm going. I'm going from here and from this cursed country both.
Judge Linton:Throw him out!
Heathcliff:But I'll be back in this house one day, Judge Linton and I'll pay you out. I'll bring this house down in ruins about your heads. That's my curse on you!
[spits on the floor]
Heathcliff:On all of you!
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Soundtrack:
Piano Sonata in A major, K.331: Rondo alla TurcaSee more »

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Olivier is Heathcliff, 8 April 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

Two of the most complex characters in all English literature are Hamlet and Heathcliff. Is it any wonder that one of the most capable English actors of them all should play both on celluloid? There is no better movie Hamlet than Olivier's. He also gives the definitive Heathcliff movie portrayal. Neither Hamlet nor Heathcliff are saints or sinners. Both are somewhere between heaven and hell. Both have dark, indistinct hues as part of their aura. Heathcliff's Ophelia is Cathy played to perfection by the wonderful Merle Oberon. Added to the immense acting talents of the two leads is the matching shadowy cinematography of Gregg Toland. Mix well and serve with just the right touches by master director William Wyler and you have a film that for once is almost as good as the literary masterpiece on which it is based. The only element missing is part of the story left out for several reasons, one being brevity. Few can argue that the best part of "Gone With The Wind" is the first half. Following the burning of Atlanta the film becomes much more melodramatic and sentimental. This does not happen to "Wuthering Heights."

The almost perfect country household in 19th century England is disrupted by the entrance of an interloper, a street urchin picked up by Cathy's do-gooder father. He is called Heathcliff, no last name. From the very beginning he is a disturbed and fanciful child, attempting to ride away and disappear on the wild moor. Also from the start, there is a bond between Cathy and Heathcliff, just as there is resentment and loathing from Cathy's profligate brother, Hindley. When the father dies, Heathcliff is turned into a lowly stable boy by Hindley. Cathy and Heathcliff find a secret "castle" where they create their own isolated paradise. This cliff hideaway continues to be their haven for the rest of their lives. Heathcliff ultimately runs away to America and only returns when Cathy marries someone else to spite him. Eventually, he spites her by gaining ownership of Wuthering Heights and then marrying Cathy's sister-in-law. What sounds rather simple in outline is one of the most complex relationships in literature created by one of the greatest literary minds of the ages, Emily Bronte. "Wuthering Heights," the movie, is one of the pivotal films of the 1930's, and one of Hollywood's finest pictures ever.

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