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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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oxford | england | friend | love | book | See All (71) »


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tierra de sombras  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)


£3,033,231 (UK) (15 April 1994)

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2.35 : 1
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Nigel Hawthorne, who played the role on stage, was replaced in this film version by Anthony Hopkins because Hawthorne was still almost unknown internationally. See more »


As C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham climb to the turret of the college in order to admire the Oxford skyline, a 1960s-style towerblock is briefly visible in the distance. See more »


C. S. Lewis: Pain is God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
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Music conducted by George Fenton
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Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger bring a wonderful love story to life.
26 November 1998 | by (Brea, Ca. USA) – See all my reviews

The true story of British writer C. S. Lewis who, despite his comfortable bachelor life, falls in love with a lively, spirited American poet played extremely well by Debra Winger. Excellent script, and direction along with outstanding performances by the supporting cast.

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