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Release Date:
27 October 1986 (USA) See more »
The Epic Sequel To Barbara Taylor Bradford's 'A Woman Of Substance'
Two-part, four-hour followup to "A Woman of Substance" with Deborah Kerr, now playing Emma Harte at... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jenny Seagrove ... Paula Fairley

Stephen Collins ... Shane O'Neill

Deborah Kerr ... Emma Harte

James Brolin ... Ross Nelson

Claire Bloom ... Edwina, Lady Dunvale
Paul Daneman ... David Amory

Fiona Fullerton ... Sky Smith
Suzanna Hamilton ... Emily Barkstone

Nigel Havers ... Jim Fairley

John Mills ... Henry Rossiter

Liam Neeson ... Blackie O'Neill
Pauline Yates ... Daisy Amory

Valentine Pelka ... Winston Harte
Sarah-Jane Varley ... Sally Harte
Paul Geoffrey ... Anthony, the Earl of Dunvale

Dominic Jephcott ... Jonathan Ainsley

Victoria Wicks ... Sarah Lowther
David Swift ... John Cross

Nicholas Farrell ... Sebastian Cross

Richard Morant ... Malcolm Perring

Bruce Boa ... Dale Stevens
Denyse Alexander ... Gaye Sloane

Amanda Boxer ... Minerva
Kate Harper ... Elaine Vickers
Christopher Muncke ... Sonny Vickers
Ralph Watson ... Sam Fellowes
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vass Anderson ... Coroner
Ben Aris ... Doctor
Elizabeth Benson ... Hilda
Sean Caffrey ... Detective Sergeant McNamara
Joe Crilly ... Constable Kennedy

Sorcha Cusack ... Bridget O'Donnell
James Hayes ... Lamont
Joan Heal ... Ann Donovan
Patricia Lawrence ... Mrs. Padgett
Paul Miles-Kingston ... Choirboy
Kenneth Nelson ... Marriot Watson
Neville Phillips ... Vicar
Valerie Phillips ... Meg
Carole Walker ... Nora (as Carol Walker)

Directed by
Don Sharp 
Writing credits
Barbara Taylor Bradford (teleplay)

Barbara Taylor Bradford (novel)

Produced by
Robert Bradford .... executive producer
Tom Donald .... executive producer
Ron Purdie .... associate producer
Harry R. Sherman .... producer
Ian Warren .... executive producer
Original Music by
Barrie Guard 
Cinematography by
John Coquillon 
Film Editing by
Teddy Darvas 
Production Design by
Brian Ackland-Snow 
Art Direction by
Alan Cassie 
Set Decoration by
Peter James 
Brian Savegar 
Costume Design by
Emma Porteous  (as Emma Porteus)
Makeup Department
Linda Catlin .... hair stylist
Betty Glasow .... hair stylist
Tom Smith .... makeup chief
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Daly .... second assistant director
Barry Langley .... first assistant director
Trevor Puckle .... third assistant director
Ken Shane .... additional third assistant director
Art Department
Brian Lofthouse .... property master
Sound Department
Don Brown .... sound maintenance
Michael Crowley .... sound editor (as Mike Crowley)
David Crozier .... sound mixer
Anne Parsons .... sound editor
Trevor Pyke .... sound re-recoding mixer
Dickey Beer .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Breeze .... camera focus
Derek V. Browne .... camera operator (as Derek Browne)
Frank Heeney .... gaffer
Malcolm Vinson .... camera operator
Casting Department
Rebecca Howard .... casting: UK
Lynn Kressel .... casting: USA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthea Dowling .... wardrobe assistant
Patrick Sharkey .... wardrobe supervisor (as Paddy Sharkey)
Location Management
Peter Carter .... location manager
Music Department
Barrie Guard .... conductor
Other crew
Terry Blyther .... assistant to location manager
Marilyn Clarke .... script supervisor
Victor Glynn .... head of production
Elida Olsen .... fashion consultant
Jane Oscroft .... production coordinator
Matthew Sharp .... production runner

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Woman of Substance Trilogy" - International (English title) (series title)
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USA:120 min (2 parts) ( including commercials) | USA:195 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
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This was Deborah Kerr's final acting role before her death on October 16, 2007 at the age of 86.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the first miniseries, "A Woman of Substance" (1984), Emma's parents, Elizabeth and Jack, died one year apart, ages 40 and 45 respectively, long before World War I, and long before Emma's first marriage. However, the death dates of Elizabeth and Jack were moved forward by about 15 years in "Hold the Dream," and their respective ages at death were reduced by six years each, from age 40 to 34 in the case of Elizabeth Harte, and from age 45 to 39 in the case of father Jack Harte. Since the story in "Dream" is wholly dependent on the preceding story in "Substance," the date and age changes render the time lines almost impossible, and totally implausible.See more »
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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Resiliant Trademarks, 27 May 2005
Author: sexy_pisces_gal from United Kingdom

Jenny Seagrove makes a welcome return to the second installation of Barbara Taylor Bradfords thrilling sequel to the multi million copy bestseller A Woman of Substance. Hold The Dream is the second story of the Harte family. Multi millionairess Emma Harte is now played by Deborah Kerr, while her favorite granddaughter Paula is played by Jenny Seagrove.

Emma Harte is now 80 and is ready to hand over the reigns of the vast business empire she created all those years ago to her favorite grandchild Paula Fairley.

This story follows Paula's rise through from Emmas assistant to managing director of the vast emporium created by Emma over 70 years ago, whose life echos that of Paulas. A marriage on the rocks, callous betrayal at the hands of her family and the tragic loss of loved ones.

Hold the Dream is a story of one womans determination to single handedly keep her family fortune safe and to "Hold the Dream" of one very extraordinary woman.

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