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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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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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Ben Weatherstaff: Where you tend a rose, a thistle canna' grow.
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Very well done for a TV movie
4 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This version of The Secret Garden is a much darker version, beginning with the horrifying deaths of Mary's parents from the plague, you see Mary have her life ripped away from her. She is angry, spoiled and dealing with the grief.

The score is haunting, the music one of Chopin's darker Nocturnes. The contrast between the darkness of her life, the house, the plague to the garden before her is well presented, and the acting for it's time is very well done. I believe this is better than the updated version, as it evokes more feeling from the viewer.

The only reason the score is lower than 10 is due to the age of the film. It's clearly outdated, and unlike the classics will not stand the test of time.


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