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Release Date:
15 June 1989 (Japan) See more »
Noted author and scholar finds love, then must endure its loss... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Beautiful, magical, intelligent, thought-provoking See more (8 total) »



Joss Ackland ... C.S. Lewis
Rupert Baderman ... Douglas

Claire Bloom ... Joy Davidman
Michael Cunningham ... Registrar
Max Harvey ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Rhys Hopkins ... David
Jim Kirby ... Father Fisher
Alan MacNaughtan ... Christopher Riley
Richard Merrett ... Student
Henry Moxon ... Solicitor
Tim Preece ... Alan Gregg
Dilys Price ... Sister
John Ringham ... Doctor
Norman Rutherford ... Paxford
Philip Stone ... Harry Harrington
David Waller ... Warnie Lewis

Directed by
Norman Stone 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Nicholson 
Norman Stone  creator

Produced by
John Bird .... associate producer: for Lella Productions
Ken Curtis .... associate producer: for Gateway Films
Richard Lewis .... executive producer: for BBC Wales
Louis Schueddig .... associate producer: for Episcopal Radio TV
David M. Thompson .... producer
Daniel Wolf .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ken Howard 
Cinematography by
Russ Walker 
Film Editing by
Chris Lawrence 
Production Design by
Gerald Murphy 
Costume Design by
Jakki Winfield 
Makeup Department
Cissian Rees .... makeup designer
Production Management
John Rhys Thomas .... production manager
Art Department
David Brinson .... design assistant
Mel Burgum .... graphics designer
Gary Flay .... properties buyer
Sound Department
John Gillanders .... dubbing editor
Jeffrey North .... film recordist
Tim Ricketts .... dubbing mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Graham Hopkins .... lighting electrician
Tony Rees .... grip
Location Management
Myra Jervis .... location manager
Music Department
John Altman .... conductor
John Altman .... music arranger
Other crew
Carol Balchin .... production associate
Gareth Fisher .... production associate
Richard Jones .... assistant floor manager
Shelley Marshall .... assistant floor manager
Brian Sibley .... research consultant
Rachel W. Thomas .... production assistant
Douglas Gresham .... we wish to thank

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73 min (VHS version) | 92 min (original television version)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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C.S. Lewis:Why am I so afraid? I never knew her love could hurt so much, and I love you and all I want is to love you. Beyond every door I hear your voice saying to me, 'This is only the land of shadows. Real life hasn't begun yet.'See more »
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Remade as Shadowlands (1993)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, magical, intelligent, thought-provoking, 14 April 2008
Author: fortean2

Easily one of my favourite dramatic TV films, in many ways beautiful yet sad, heart-warming and thought-provoking, this is a superb dramatisation of a few years in the life of C.S. Lewis and his relationship with Joy Davidman. I found it to be incredibly absorbing with excellent and 'realistic' dialogue and situations. It all seemed very 'real', yet there were also 'magical' moments that almost leave you breathless with delight. Ackland and Bloom as the central characters were excellent, as were the supporting cast. It's one of those dramas that I find hard to criticise, simply because, for me, there is NOTHING to be criticised, it just works so well on so many levels.

Very highly recommended.

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