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The Secret Garden (1987)

TV Movie  -   -  Family | Drama  -  30 November 1987 (USA)
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When a spoiled English girl living in 19th century India loses both parents in a cholera epidemic, she is sent back to England to live in a country mansion. The lord is a strange old man-- ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gennie James ...
Mary Lennox
Dickon Sowerby
Mrs. Medlock
Archibald Craven
Lucy Gutteridge ...
Colonel McGraw
Cassie Stuart ...
Philip Locke ...
Karen Archer ...
Mrs. Crawford
Irina Brook ...
Adult Mary
David Waller ...
Pat Heywood ...


When a spoiled English girl living in 19th century India loses both parents in a cholera epidemic, she is sent back to England to live in a country mansion. The lord is a strange old man-- frail and deformed, immensely kind but so melancholy. She wishes to discover what has caused him so much sorrow and to bring joy back to the household. It all must have something to do with the screams and wails which echo through the house at night and no one wants to talk about. Written by Paul Emmons <>

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Family | Drama







Release Date:

30 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Secret Garden (#37.1)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Many of Highclere Castle's furnishings were used during filming and are arranged in the same manner throughout the house today. See more »


[last lines]
Adult Colin Craven: When I was at Oxford, I asked you to marry me. When I was in France I wrote to you and asked you to marry me. Why didn't you answer me, Mary?
Adult Mary: Because I wanted you to ask me here in our garden.
Adult Colin Craven: [smiles] Of course. I should have known.
Adult Colin Craven: Will you marry me, Mary Lennox?
Adult Mary: Yes.
[they kiss]
Adult Mary: Come see our garden.
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For a TV movie, this is good
5 October 2009 | by (The world of artists) – See all my reviews

Not a 5 star movie, but this is actually acceptable, considering it's a TV movie. But the movie has a slightly involving story which is dramatic and sentimental.

The scenario is very good and quite Scotland-like, with green places, forests, rivers... in one word, the wonders of nature.

The adult actors do a reasonable job, but the young actors are definitely the best ones: Gennie James as Mary Lennox, Jadrien Steele as Colin Craven and mostly Barret Oliver as Dickon Sowerby.

This is the first movie I ever saw Barret Oliver portraying a teenager. He was a popular actor in the 80's and he was a fine actor. It's a shame he didn't want to continue doing that, but I understand his reasons.

Here, Barret Oliver was already a handsome teenager, the same way as he was a handsome child. I don't know his height now or then, but he sure looked tall here. Adding that to the clothes he wears here and he almost looks like a young adult instead of a boy in his early teen years. His voice was already different here as well.

Dickon is an interesting character: he is sort of a witch doctor who can predict the future and fate and has a gift with animals. He is also charming and loving.

Colin is, at first, an aggressive and explosive character, but he can't walk and is in a wheel chair - can you blame him? Plus, later in the film he softens his manners and becomes humble.

The ending is both happy and sad. On one hand, Colin can walk again. On the other hand, Dickon is killed in the war.

One last word about the cast: I only don't like the fact that adult Colin is portrayed by Colin Firth. *That* actor bugs me a little, so I'm glad he only appears at the very ending in a minor role (not longer than 1 minute).

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