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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 overview, first billed only:
John Atkinsons ...
Old Man on Train
Reverend Keach
James Moon
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 <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Release Date:

12 February 1988 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

En månad på landet  »

Box Office


$443,524 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first of two films in which Colin Firth plays a stutterer. He would later do so again in The King's Speech (2010). See more »


Colin Firth is seen laying on a tomb in the graveyard smoking a woodbine cigarette that has a filter tip. The film is set in 1920. Filter tipped woodbine were not sold in the UK until 1948. See more »


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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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