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The Secret Garden (1987)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  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

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

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

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Colin Firth and Derek Jacobi worked on The Secret Garden (1987), and The King's Speech (2010). However, they did not have any scenes together in the former. See more »

Quotes

Mary: Please might I have a bit of earth? To make a garden? I love gardens.
Archibald Craven: [looking away] There was someone... someone very dear... who loved gardens, too.
Archibald Craven: [appears near tears and then abruptly changes tone] Go now, leave me.
Mary: [curtsies in relief and leaves] Thank you.
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Cute!
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I disagree with the other review of this movie. It is not the best book-to-movie adaption but it's a cute movie. I watched it all the time as a kid and thought this version was much better than the newer one. The acting is pretty good, I think the kids understood their parts, and played up the brattiness I always loved/hated about them. Also, seeing Colin Firth at the end as a grown up Colin Craven doesn't hurt it any. While the plot deviates somewhat from the book I think it kept the spirit of the story well enough. The musical score was also fantastic and leant a lot to atmosphere of the story. If you love this book and haven't seen this version, I highly recommend checking it out, especially if you have children.


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