MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 9,873 this week

The Black Velvet Gown (1991)

TV Movie  |  Drama  |  4 April 1993 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 291 users  
Reviews: 2 user

In the 1830's in northern England, Riah Millican, a widow with three children, takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher, Percival Miller. Miller makes Riah the gift of a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novels),
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 321 titles
created 23 Feb 2012
 
a list of 69 titles
created 18 Jul 2012
 
a list of 16 titles
created 13 Aug 2012
 
a list of 5115 titles
created 12 Oct 2012
 
a list of 54 titles
created 11 Mar 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Black Velvet Gown (TV Movie 1991)

The Black Velvet Gown (TV Movie 1991) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Black Velvet Gown.
3 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Under the Greenwood Tree (TV Movie 2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In this lighthearted romance from Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy, the beautiful new village school teacher is pursued by three suitors: a working-class man, a landowner, and the vicar.

Director: Nicholas Laughland
Stars: Keeley Hawes, James Murray, Terry Mortimer
Falling for a Dancer (TV Movie 1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Romantic drama set in rural Ireland of the 1930s. The story begins when 19-year-old Elizabeth has a brief fling with an actor and falls pregnant. Community pressure forces her to marry a ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Standeven
Stars: Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Dermot Crowley, Liam Cunningham
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (TV Mini-Series 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Based on a little known 1848 novel by Anne Bronte, Tara Fitzgerald stars as an enigmatic young woman who moves to 19th Century Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone ... See full summary »

Stars: Toby Stephens, Tara Fitzgerald, Rupert Graves
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The son of a priest slain by the Mau Mau moves in with a police officer and his wife in 1950 Kenya.

Director: Harry Hook
Stars: Bob Peck, Edwin Mahinda, Phyllis Logan
Clarissa (TV Series 1991)
History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A virtuous young woman is oppressed by her ambitious family and a rake who's becomes obsessed with her.

Stars: Saskia Wickham, Lynsey Baxter, Hermione Norris
The Mallens (TV Series 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stars: Caroline Blakiston, Mary Healey, Gillian Lewis
Lady Audley's Secret (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Wealthy estate owner sir Michael Audley willingly marries a gold-digger, his only daughter Alicia's governess Lucy née Gray. Sir Michael's dashing, in-living orphaned nephew Robert 'Bob' ... See full summary »

Director: Betsan Morris Evans
Stars: Steven Mackintosh, Neve McIntosh, Juliette Caton
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

George 'Beau' Brummel, a penniless but witty London gentleman, maintains a refined lifestyle with his loyal servant, cook Robinson. Only the friendship of the unpopular Hanoverian heir and ... See full summary »

Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
Stars: James Purefoy, Hugh Bonneville, Philip Davis
The Cater Street Hangman (TV Movie 1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

With the help of a feisty aristocratic woman, a working-class Scotland Yard inspector hunts for a serial killer of young women in Victorian London.

Director: Sarah Hellings
Stars: Eoin McCarthy, Keeley Hawes, Peter Egan
The Moth (TV Movie 1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Set in 1913 Northumbria, England, the story is about Robert Bradley, a strong-willed young worker at a Jarrow shipyard, who arrives home one day to find that his father has died. At the ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Battersby
Stars: Jack Davenport, David Howey, Janet Dale
The Round Tower (TV Series 1998)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Set in mid-1950's England, this story tells of the wealthy, socially upwardly-progressive Ratcliffe family. Their youngest daughter, seventeen year old Vanessa, feels alienated from her ... See full summary »

Stars: Emilia Fox, Ben Miles, Jan Harvey
The Mayor of Casterbridge (TV Movie 2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day,... See full summary »

Director: David Thacker
Stars: Ciarán Hinds, Juliet Aubrey, Jodhi May
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Percival Miller
...
Riah Millican
...
Brendan P. Healy ...
Tol Briston
Jean Anderson ...
Madame Gallmington
Christopher Benjamin ...
Anthony Gallington
Wendy Williams ...
Grace Gallmington
...
Laurence Gallmington
Aran Bell ...
Stephen Gallmington
...
Paul Gallmington
...
Lucy Gallmington
Madeleine Moffat ...
Jessie Hobson
Val McLane ...
Annie Griston
James Garbutt ...
Doctor Pritchard
Donald Bisset ...
Mr. Morgan
Edit

Storyline

In the 1830's in northern England, Riah Millican, a widow with three children, takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher, Percival Miller. Miller makes Riah the gift of a black velvet gown, and even educates her children. But when Riah discovers the reason behind Miller's gifts, she vows to leave his house, but Miller has a hold on her, even after his death, when he leaves his house to her on the condition that she never marry. Riah's daughter, Biddy, grows up and becomes a laundress in a large house where her education keeps her from fitting in and makes her a target. But it also catches the eye of a son of the house, and with Miller's legacies, Biddy may yet find her way to happiness. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A fekete bársonyruha  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
(uncredited)
Traditional
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Deceit and drama in the gloomy north
27 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although I've never read a Catherine Cookson novel, I've seen a few of these '90s-era adaptations of her work now and they're all splendidly evocative renditions of her writing.

THE BLACK VELVET GOWN is a case in point: it's a well-paced and engaging saga charting the fortunes of a poor family in mid-19th century County Durham. One of the most interesting things about this saga is that it's devoid of cliché, and you're never quite sure where the story's going to end up.

In essence, this TV movie is made up of two parts. The first features Bob Peck's Percival Miller, a slightly odd man, reclusive in nature, who takes on a housekeeper and her children. The story that develops between the characters looks like it will follow well-worn routines, but in fact it doesn't; there's a twist that comes totally out of left field and one which I found very moving. Peck gives a physical performance in this one: all staring eyes and gnashing teeth. The camera loves him, and I loved his character. As the put-upon heroine, Janet McTeer looks and breathes the part, living in the era like few actors can manage.

The second half moves forward in time to chart the fortunes of Geraldine Somerville, then breaking into acting for the first time with this her first major role. She's wonderfully: icy and fragile, a character who follows her own internal convictions rather than those of society. The film features some intense conflict and wonderfully understated little character moments.

Director Norman Stone handled some of the best Cookson adaptations (including Robson Greene's THE GAMBLING MAN) and this is another highlight of his career; a strong, compelling take on a classic storyteller.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
V.historically accurate philippa-smith7
Discuss The Black Velvet Gown (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?