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A Month in the Country (1987)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  12 February 1988 (Ireland)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Atkinsons ...
Old Man on Train
Reverend Keach
James Moon
Richard Vernon ...
Colonel Hebron
Tim Barker ...
Vicki Arundale ...
Martin O'Neil ...
Alice Keach
Eileen O'Brien ...
Mrs. Ellerbeck
Elizabeth Anson ...
Lucy Sykes
Barbara Marten ...
Mrs. Sykes
Ken Kitson ...
Mr. Sykes (as Kenneth Kitson)


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 <>

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Release Date:

12 February 1988 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

En månad på landet  »

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$443,524 (USA)

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After Birkin alights from the train at Oxgodby in heavy rain and as the train departs you can make out the pine trees in the background in bright sunlight. See more »

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Unforgettable film
6 April 2005 | by (Omaha, NE) – See all my reviews

I saw this film probably 15 years ago, and have never forgotten it. It's about two World War I soldiers who are recuperating at a church. The one is trying to find the remains of the local priest - it's been a while so my brain's a bit rusty - and the other is revealing a mural on the church wall. There's also a love story/triangle to it. It is fabulously acted and demonstrates the horrors faced by men during war time. Kenneth Branagh's performance is worth the price of rental alone. Colin Firth manages to act for a change, rather than seem like he's sleepwalking. (Check out Apartment Zero, another older and decent film.) Exceptional!

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