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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tom Crick
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Mary Crick
Grant Warnock ...
Young Tom
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Young Mary
Callum Dixon ...
Freddie Parr
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Peter (as Sean McGuire)
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Terry
Camilla Hebditch ...
Shirley
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Dick Crick
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Lewis Scott
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Maggie Ruth
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Matthew Price
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Judy Dobson
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Henry Crick (as Peter Postlethwaite)
Stewart Richman ...
Ernest Atkinson
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Tom Crick, a high school history teacher, is having trouble connecting - with his class, with his wife. He ventures into telling his class stories about his young adulthood in the Fens district in England. The emotional wounds from his younger life wash over him in present day, affecting his work and his relationships with his students and his wife. Written by Martin Lewison <milst1@yahoo.com>

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Rated R for sexuality and language, and for an abortion scene | See all certifications »
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30 October 1992 (USA)  »

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Das Geheimnis seiner Liebe  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,034,287 (USA)
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Miranda Richardson was originally intended for the role of Mary. See more »

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Tom Crick: Once upon a time, children, there was a history teacher who came home one day, after giving a class on the French Revolution, to find that his wife, the woman he loved since they were children, had herself committed a revolutionary, a miraculous act.
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Good, but far inferior to the book
7 July 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

As a huge fan of Graham Swift's novels, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well this complex and detailed work was compressed into film form. While I think Jeremy Irons, David Morrissey and Sinead Cusack are all outstanding in this film, I really feel that the transplanting of the frame from England to America diminishes the story. Surely Price's nihilism is not merely a standard adolescent world-weariness, but a form of the punk sensibility contemporary with the book's appearance. Still, the film does a good job of capturing the sense of place in its English scenes, and handles the poignancy of the story effectively. The film is good, but the book is immense.


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