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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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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A willful passionate girl and...the three men who want her! See more »


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Release Date:

18 October 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lejos del mundanal ruido  »

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Dirk Bogarde was offered Boldwood. 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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Referenced in Evening Shade: Far from the Madden Crowd (1991) See more »


Bushes and Briars
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Sung by Julie Christie (dubbed by Isla Cameron)
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Alan Bates is just fantastic
19 July 2005 | by (The New Forest) – See all my reviews

What a treat to see an adaption of this marvellous but hard going book, of course it's always worth the effort to read Hardy, but it takes getting into, you have to be in the right mind frame, so dramatisations of his wonderfully rich characters are always wonderful to watch, and open up his work to a wider audience I should imagine.

This film in particular was pretty true to the script, if a little condensed, in places. I felt Alan Bates was just fantastic on screen, but probably had the right amount of charm and screen magnetism for the box office, but a little too much to be a true Farmer Oak as described by Hardy, what women in her right mind would ever turn him down,being so sweet and looking like that, I must watch more of his films.

Everyone else was just brilliant as well, and it was lovely to see the beautiful Dorset I visit often so on the big screen and note it really hasn't changed that much at all since the filming in the 60's.

An excellent film, don't miss it !!!

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