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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

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Gennie James ...
Mary Lennox
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Dickon Sowerby
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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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Many of Highclere Castle's furnishings were used during filming and are arranged in the same manner throughout the house today. See more »

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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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Enjoyable but not the best
15 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Whilst I have to agree with many of the criticisms of other reviewers I did find this movie quite enjoyable. But why on earth did they use American kids to play Mary, Dickon and Colin, Gennie James was one of my favorite child actresses of the eighties but she couldn't hide her American accent, and as for Barret Oliver, he had the weirdest accent I have ever heard, I will however give 6 out of 10 for a brave attempt by Jadrien Stelle. The accent problem was not confined to the American cast members, Martha is supposed to be a local Yorkshire girl but spoke with a Cockney accent. I also think the start and end sequences were totally unnecessary, also making Colin and Mary unrelated quite spoiled things. My vote for the best version would have be for the 1975 BBC adaptation although this may not have been seen in the USA.


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