Shadowlands (1993)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  14 January 1994 (USA)
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C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S.


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C.S. Lewis is the author of the "Chronicles of Narnia" books. Known as Jack, he teaches at Oxford during the 1950s. An American fan, Joy Gresham, arrives to meet him for tea in Oxford. It is the beginning of a love affair. Tragically, Joy becomes terminally ill and their lives become complicated. Written by Matthew Stanfield <>

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He distanced himself from love as he distanced himself from pain, until one woman got close enough to open his heart to the world. See more »

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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tierra de sombras  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)


£3,033,231 (UK) (15 April 1994)

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2.35 : 1
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A Different and Edifying Look at Love and Death
13 June 1999 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

Two different, yet complimentary people meet and discover they have something in common: the conviction that life is a gift. C. S. Lewis, an Englishman, an Oxford don who lives the interior life, is confronted by an American writer-poet who shows him how to become a part of the world in a way that makes the imagery of his works become manifest.

Then, she dies. What does this do to his faith?

The casting is perfect.

"Shadowlands" contains the most powerful deathbed scene ever recorded on film.

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