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A Month in the Country (1987)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Birkin
John Atkinsons ...
Old Man on Train
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Ellerbeck
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Reverend Keach
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James Moon
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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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4 December 1987 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

En månad på landet  »

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$443,524 (USA)
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Trivia

Film historian Nick Redman mentions in his commentary included in the BFI edition of the film that ,at the time of its original release, this was said to be a film "starring two nobodies". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

James Moon: I half wanted it to happen. There were time when I'd just had enough. Well... you know that. So many had gone. Chap's I cared for. Sometimes it seemed like they were the lucky ones.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1990 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Marche Militaire
Written by Franz Schubert
(uncredited)
Played on the organ by the young man in the showroom
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Colin Firth at his best!!!

It's a love story about rebirth and self healing. The foundation of the plot seems very simple: a young man comes in a town to clean the wall of a church. With a subject like that it could be absolutely boring...but it's not. "Emotion" could be the word to describe it all, though "repressed emotion" would be even more accurate. It's a delicate movie, with thousands of details you might not see the first time; it's deep and truly is a masterpiece in its genre.

Of course to appreciate it you must love repertoire movies. It's not a blockbuster movie...far from that. You must be in a slow mood I guess to enjoy it.

This is the kind of movie I would like to keep in my collection: isn't it a pity that "anonymous" has probably sold his tape already? (I cannot find it in Montreal!)


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