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Thomas Hardy (from the novel by)
Frederic Raphael (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 October 1967 (USA) See more »
Her romance with three men becomes a bold adventure [UK theatrical] See more »
Bathsheba Everdene, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and is romantically pursued by three very different men. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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This contains my favourite scene in cinema history See more (78 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Christie ... Bathsheba

Terence Stamp ... Sergeant Troy

Peter Finch ... William Boldwood

Alan Bates ... Gabriel Oak

Fiona Walker ... Liddy

Prunella Ransome ... Fanny
Alison Leggatt ... Mrs. Hurst
Paul Dawkins ... Henery Fray
Julian Somers ... Jan Coggan

John Barrett ... Joseph Poorgrass

Freddie Jones ... Cainy Ball

Andrew Robertson ... Andrew Randle
Brian Rawlinson ... Matthew Moon
Vincent Harding ... Mark Clark
Victor Stone ... Billy Smallbury
Owen Berry ... Old Smallbury
Lawrence Carter ... Laban Tall
Pauline Melville ... Mrs. Tall
Harriet Harper ... Temperence
Denise Coffey ... Soberness
Margaret Lacey ... Maryann Money
Marie Hopps ... Mrs. Coggan

Peter Stone ... Teddy Coggan
Walter Gale ... Jacob Smallbury
Leslie Anderson ... Boldwood's Labourer
Keith Hooper ... Boldwood's Labourer

Jonathan Newth ... Gentleman at Cockfight
Derek Ware ... Corporal
John Donegal ... Sailor
Peggy Ann Clifford ... Fat Lady at Circus (as Peggyanne Clifford)
Noel Henkel ... Circus Manager
Bryan Mosley ... Barker
David Swarbrick ... Fiddler at Barn Dance
Alba ... Gentleman at Party
Frank Duncan ... Farmer at Corn Exchange
Hugh Walker ... Farmer at Corn Exchange
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Beint ... Laborer (uncredited)
John Garrie ... Pennyways (uncredited)
James Maxwell ... Doctor (uncredited)

Robert Powell ... Man at Harvest Dance (uncredited)
Paul Vernon ... Boldwoods Labourer (uncredited)

Directed by
John Schlesinger 
Writing credits
Thomas Hardy (from the novel by)

Frederic Raphael (screenplay)

Produced by
Joseph Janni .... producer
Edward Joseph .... associate producer
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Nicolas Roeg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Malcolm Cooke 
Jim Clark (uncredited)
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
Production Design by
Richard Macdonald (production designed by)
Art Direction by
Roy Forge Smith  (as Roy Smith)
Set Decoration by
Peter James 
Costume Design by
Alan Barrett 
Makeup Department
Ivy Emmerton .... hairdresser
Bob Lawrance .... makeup artist
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist (as Phillip Leakey)
Production Management
Frank Ernst .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kip Gowans .... assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Nigel Wooll .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Aldred .... sound recordist
Alfred Cox .... sound editor
Gordon Daniel .... sound editor
Robin Gregory .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Harris .... special effects (uncredited)
Brian Humphrey .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Malcolm King .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Ian McKay .... fight director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Harris .... camera operator
Anthony B. Richmond .... camera focus (as Tony Richmond)
Edward Tucker .... camera grips
Alex Thomson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Isla Cameron .... advisor: folk song
Marcus Dods .... conductor
Marcus Dods .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Max Faulkner .... horsemaster
Ann Skinner .... continuity (as Anne Skinner)
Derek Ware .... swordmaster
Catherine O'Brien .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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168 min | Finland:170 min (uncut) | Finland:157 min (cut)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1988) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1968) | France:Tous publics | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:U (cut) | USA:PG | USA:TV-14 | West Germany:12 (cut)

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One of three collaborations, and the last, between director John Schlesinger and Julie Christie. The other two are Billy Liar (1963) and Darling (1965).See more »
Anachronisms: During the "pie in the face" circus scene, the cream is piled on contemporary 1960s white paper plates with fluted edges. Disposable paper plates were invented in the early 1900s. The movie time frame (which differs slightly from the book) ends around 1868.See more »
Boy practicing prayer on way to church walking near Bathsheba as she is waking up in the woods.:Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness. And put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life... Author: The Revd Dr Peter Toon, The Book of the Common Prayer 1549. For the four weeks of Advent.See more »
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97 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
This contains my favourite scene in cinema history, 22 April 2000
Author: simon-118 from London

I have never read a good word about this film in any movie guide, which frankly baffles me. I think it's a masterpiece, and despite Hardy being one of my favourite authors, I think this is actually better than the novel. It also contains two absolutely perfect moments. But first some general comments. The photography is gorgeous, actually looking more realistic than idyllic, beautiful but sometimes cold and forboding, brooding over the tragic proceedings. Secondly, the remarkable soundtrack by Richard Rodney Bennett lends the movie a good deal of its emotiveness. The use of English folk songs to comment on the proceedings is ingenious, sometimes impressively reflective of the situations, and at points extremely unsettling.

Julie Christie is beautiful and I found her Bathsheba the precise mixture of headstrong independence and vulnerability. Terence Stamp's repulsive Troy is a triumph of casting and Alan Bates is wonderful as the simpliest of her suitors. The film is stolen for me though by Peter Finch, who begins a hat trick of devastating performances, here, in The Trials of Oscar Wilde and Sunday Bloody Sunday. His Boldwood is a remarkable creation, so eligible, so tragic, so lost and helpless. His scene with Bathsheba when she suggests Christmas to be a time when she will make a decision on their future is heartbreaking. "Christmas," he smiles. "I'm happier now." But the scene that should surely secure this movie a place in film history is that in the graveyard. Without spoling the plot for those who have yet to see it, the gargoyle spewing rainwater over the graves as the sound of "The Bold Grenadier" plays is as affecting an image as one is ever likely to see on screen. The Boldwood plot has a darker outcome here than in the book, which I'm sure Hardy would have approved of. This is a beautiful and disturbing movie that does not shy away from Hardy's bleak view of existence, and adds to the mix a strong sense of gritty 60s honesty. Beautiful, devastating and unforgettable.

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