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4 December 1987 (Ireland) See more »
Five centuries ago a mural was created in a country church in the north of England and then hidden under layers of white paint... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A quiet, moving and intelligent film See more (25 total) »


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Colin Firth ... Birkin
John Atkinsons ... Old Man on Train

Jim Carter ... Ellerbeck

Patrick Malahide ... Reverend Keach

Kenneth Branagh ... James Moon

Richard Vernon ... Colonel Hebron
Tim Barker ... Mossop
Vicki Arundale ... Kathy
Martin O'Neil ... Edgar

Natasha Richardson ... Alice Keach

Tony Haygarth ... Douthwaite
Eileen O'Brien ... Mrs. Ellerbeck
Elizabeth Anson ... Lucy Sykes
Barbara Marten ... Mrs. Sykes

Ken Kitson ... Mr. Sykes (as Kenneth Kitson)
Judy Gridley ... Mrs. Clough

Lisa Taylor ... Emily Clough

Andrew Wilde ... Shop Assistant
David Gillies ... Milburn
David Garth ... Old Birkin

Directed by
Pat O'Connor 
Writing credits
J.L. Carr (novel)

Simon Gray 

Produced by
Dominic Fulford .... associate producer
Johnny Goodman .... executive producer
John Hambley .... executive producer (as John Hambly)
Kenith Trodd .... producer
Original Music by
Howard Blake 
Cinematography by
Kenneth MacMillan 
Film Editing by
John Victor-Smith 
Casting by
Michelle Guish 
Production Design by
Leo Austin 
Art Direction by
Richard Elton 
Costume Design by
Judy Moorcroft 
Makeup Department
Carole Bennett .... hair stylist
Jenny Shircore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Dominic Fulford .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Craske .... assistant director
Rupert Ryle-Hodges .... third assistant director
Art Department
John Maher .... construction manager
Malcolm Mott .... stage hand
Sound Department
Shep Dawe .... sound assistant
Tony Dawe .... sound mixer
Peter Horrocks .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Graham Day .... focus puller
Steve Foster .... gaffer
Mike Frift .... camera operator
Nigel Seal .... clapper loader
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Keith Morton .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Liz Green .... editor trainee
Location Management
Wayne McCoy .... location manager
Music Department
Howard Blake .... conductor
Other crew
Sarah Hayward .... continuity
Bill Launder .... production associate
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Pat Pennelegion .... production coordinator

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:7 | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #28615)

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Birkin:[shouting] GOD! WHAT GOD? THERE IS NO GOD!See more »
Movie Connections:
Life at Best Is Very BriefSee more »


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28 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
A quiet, moving and intelligent film, 31 August 2005
Author: bradwan from Bradford, United Kingdom

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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