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

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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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30 November 1987 (USA)  »

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

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The building used as the house - Hughclere Castle - is not only the seat of the earl who helped find King Tut's tomb but also was the setting for the British drama "Downton Abbey". See more »

Quotes

Betty: Morning, Miss.
Mary: Who are you?
Betty: Betty. It's Martha's free day and she's gone to help her mother in the country.
[Mrs. Medlock walks in]
Mary: Is your, uh, toothache gone?
Betty: [confused] Toothache?
Mary: [smiling knowingly at Mrs. Medlock] The toothache you didn't have.
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Cute!
15 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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