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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

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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
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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

Filmnig took place during a summer that was extraordinarily wet even by British standards, and the numerous outdoor scenes in the beautiful summer weather had to be shot during short breaks in the clouds. 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: "Oh, most loving and delightful wife." I can never make out if that's grief or relief.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1990 (1990) See more »

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Zum Sanctus: Heilig, heilig ist der Herr
from Deutsche Messe
Written by Franz Schubert
(uncredited)
Played during the opening WW1 scene, and again at the very end of the film, when old Birkin returns to the church and looks at the painting
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A quiet, moving and intelligent film
31 August 2005 | by (Bradford, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As the person responsible for persuading Channel 4 to release this film on DVD for the first time I obviously hold a candle for this film. I knew the author of the novel, Carr, and spent a long time finding a print and the right holders. I didn't see it until the first showing for a decade, at my own book's launch, and I was stunned by how good, and how close to the book, it was. It is very quiet and very English. You will either fall in love with it, or miss the point and get bored. I doubt there is much middle ground. Kenneth Branagh is very proud of the film and Colin Firth rates it as one of his best ever performances. You should find more about my finding of the film on my bradwan site.


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