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A beautiful, superstitious, animal-loving Gypsy is hotly desired by a fox-hunting squire...even after she marries a clergyman.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John 'Jack' Reddin
Mrs. Marston
Edward Chapman ...
Mr. James
Andrew Vessons
George Cole ...
Cousin Albert
Beatrice Varley ...
Aunt Prowde
Frances Clare ...
Amelia Clomber
Raymond Rollett ...
Landlord / Elder
Gerald Lawson ...
Roadmender / Elder
Bartlett Mullins ...
Chapel elder, dress shop owner
Arthur Reynolds ...
Chapel elder
Ann Tetheradge ...
Miss James


Hazel Woodus is a beautiful but innocent country girl who loves all the creatures around her, especially her pet fox cub. She is given a rough time by her father but can escape to run barefoot through the woods when her harsh life gets too much for her. It is there that she is found by the local squire, Jack Reddin, finds her and is struck by her beauty. The obvious conflict develops when the squire leads the local hunt and tries to kill Hazel's pet fox. The title "Gone to Earth" is taken from the huntsmans cry when the target is no longer obtainable. Written by Steve Crook <>

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Release Date:

6 November 1950 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Wild Heart  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The choir was the real choir from the local Methodist chapel. When he heard them singing, director Michael Powell said they were too good and he wanted them to sound "more ragged, like a choir of country folk" only to be told "But we ARE country folk, Mr. Powell." See more »


As Hazel runs through the woods in her first appearance the shadow of the camera & cameraman is visible. See more »


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Appreciation of unique style.
12 October 1999 | by (North Wales) – See all my reviews

A beautifully made and gently rolling film, almost surreal in content.

Some moments almost seem off cue and through a breathtakingly simple narrative visual style, comes a story of innocence, passion and ultimate tragedy. The music is hypnotic and compliments the flow of the film.

Superb performance by all - including 'Foxy'! If this film was made today it would be showered with Oscars.

Finally, it is hard to see a comparable style in the British film industry prior to this and certainly nothing after it. It is this fact that I believe contributes to the films unique qualities.

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