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The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

A film is being made of a story, set in 19th century England, about Charles, a biologist who's engaged to be married, but who falls in love with outcast Sarah, whose melancholy makes her ... See full summary »

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Hilton McRae ...
Sam
Emily Morgan ...
Mary
Charlotte Mitchell ...
Mrs. Tranter
Lynsey Baxter ...
Jean Faulds ...
Cook
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Mr. Freeman
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Vicar
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Mrs. Fairley
Patience Collier ...
Mrs. Poulteney
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Dairyman
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Dr. Grogan
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Girl on Undercliff
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Boy on Undercliff
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A film is being made of a story, set in 19th century England, about Charles, a biologist who's engaged to be married, but who falls in love with outcast Sarah, whose melancholy makes her leave him after a short, but passionate affair. Anna and Mike, who play the characters of Sarah and Charles, go, during the shooting of the film, through a relationship that runs parallel to that of their characters. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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She was lost from the moment she saw him.

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16 October 1981 (USA)  »

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La amante del teniente francés  »

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Trivia

Wendy Morgan was offered the role of Mary but accepted a stage play instead. Emily Morgan was in the end cast in the part. See more »

Goofs

While at the house in the Lake District, the reaction to Sarah being pushed to the ground by Charles is genuine; Meryl actually hits her head on the floor & when Jeremy acknowledges; she nods, giggles & reorients herself in position next to him. See more »

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[describing how she became the French Lieutenant's mistress]
Sarah: Soon he no longer bothered to hide the nature of his intensions towards me. Nor could I pretend surprise. My innocence was false from the moment I chose to stay. I could tell you that he overpowered me, he drugged me. But it was not so... I gave myself to him.
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Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »

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Prelude in C minor
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Top quality performances
31 October 2004 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Fantastic performance from Jeremy Irons, and of course Meryl Streep is flawless. 1981's interpretation of a period piece, contrasted with '81 present day. I am a huge fan of late 70s and early 80s movie conventions for quality movies - slower pace, more left to the viewer to discern. Brilliant. If you like period pieces and amazing acting, you will like this.

If you like Meryl Streep I also recommend Sophie's Choice and Silkwood. Jeremy Irons' debut was in Brideshead Revisited (avail on Netflix), an early 80s miniseries -- worth checking out, he's great in it. Another good specimen of his acting is in Reversal of Fortune. But there are lots more.


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