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A Month in the Country (1987)

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Five centuries ago a mural was created in a country church in the north of England and then hidden under layers of white paint. Looking at it again will be a distraction, the Rev. Mr. Keach... See full summary »

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Birkin
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Old Man on Train
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Ellerbeck
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Reverend Keach
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James Moon
Richard Vernon ...
Colonel Hebron
Tim Barker ...
Mossop
Vicki Arundale ...
Kathy
Martin O'Neil ...
Edgar
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Alice Keach
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Douthwaite
Eileen O'Brien ...
Mrs. Ellerbeck
Elizabeth Anson ...
Lucy Sykes
Barbara Marten ...
Mrs. Sykes
Ken Kitson ...
Mr. Sykes (as Kenneth Kitson)
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Five centuries ago a mural was created in a country church in the north of England and then hidden under layers of white paint. Looking at it again will be a distraction, the Rev. Mr. Keach tells WWI veteran Tom Birken who will spend a month in the country restoring the mural. Another veteran, James Moon, is looking for the grave of an ancestor of the patroness of the church who fought in the Crusades. The rector's wife, Alice, comes to see the mural and later visits Birken's bell tower abode, bringing a basket of apples. Will she open the book in which he has pressed the yellow rose she gave him earlier? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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12 February 1988 (Ireland)  »

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$443,524 (USA)
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A Month in the Country is Kenneth Branagh's first cinema film. See more »

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According to Alice Keach, her roses are the variety Sarah Van Fleet. However, the film is set in 1920 and Sarah Van Fleet roses were not introduced until 1926. See more »

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A lovely, complex film that keeps revealing itself
12 August 2001 | by (San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

I adored the book by J. L. Carr, and was skeptical that Birkin's first person narrative could be conveyed on film. Firth brilliantly makes this internal landscape manifest, while the film provides a sumptuous external setting. All the lead cast strike an effective balance between intensity and restraint. Every time I view the movie, I see things that I hadn't noticed before.

I wish I had seen "A Month in the Country" on the big screen when it was released. The laserdisc looks good, though I wonder what I'm missing. Even though the laserdisc soundtrack is monophonic, it was striking enough to make a friend jump when we were viewed it.


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