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The Secret Garden (1987)

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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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 »

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Ben Weatherstaff: Killed in the war, Dickon. In a forest called the Argonne.
Adult Mary: If Dickon had to die, he would have chosen a place with green and growing things.
Ben Weatherstaff: To die so young...
[sighs]
Ben Weatherstaff: Who's to know?
Adult Mary: Dickon knew.
Ben Weatherstaff: [after a pause] Aye, Dickon knew.
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Version of ABC Weekend Specials: The Secret Garden (1994) See more »

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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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