Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)

PG  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  18 October 1967 (USA)
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Bathsheba Everdene, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and is romantically pursued by three very different men.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Prunella Ransome ...
Alison Leggatt ...
Paul Dawkins ...
Julian Somers ...
John Barrett ...
Andrew Robertson ...
Andrew Randle
Brian Rawlinson ...
Matthew Moon
Vincent Harding ...
Victor Stone ...


Based on Thomas Hardy's 19th century novel, Bathsheba Everdene is a willful, passionate girl who is never satisfied with anything less than a man's complete and helpless adoration. And she captures the lives and loves of three very different men: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer who is captivated by her beauty and proposes marriage; William Boldwood, a prosperous man in his early forties and a confirmed bachelor; and Sergeant Frank Troy, a handsome, reckless swordsman given to sudden fits of violence. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

18 October 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lejos del mundanal ruido  »

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Did You Know?


Future Fairport Convention band member David Swarbrick can be seen playing a fiddle during the barn dance scene. See more »


The Valentine's Day greeting card that Bathsheba sends to Mr. Boldwood is of a contemporary 1960s style. See more »


Sgt. Francis 'Frank' Troy: [to Bathsheba] A woman like you does more damage than she can conceivably imagine.
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""Seeds of Love"" (uncredited)
Words written by Mrs. Fleetwood Habergam around 1689
Maybe sung to a traditional tune by Sir George Macfarren, Come open the door sweet Betty
Sung by Joseph Poorgrass and friends at outdoor feast at request of Bathsheba
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Julie Is Luminous
20 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a brilliant film from beginning to end and Julie Christie delivers one of the great female performances in movies. She is enchanting and utterly charming dominating every scene she's in because she is just so incredibly beautiful. Her three male co-stars, however, shine just as well and it's difficult to say which one is the best because they are all so good. It's the director, of course, who is responsible for creating this incredible ensemble of acting and John Schlesinger is one of the great directors who reigns at the peak of his field. But ultimately the film belongs to Julie Christie who is in virtually every scene. The promise she showed in Darling for which she won the Oscar is more than demonstrated here where she is so great she can only be compared with Garbo, Hepburn, Crawford or Davis. I am a Julie Christie fan forever.

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