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Shadowlands (1993)

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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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CS Lewis is the author of the Narnia books - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Known as Jack, he teaches at an Oxford College, during the 1930's. 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 unwell and their lives become complicated. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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He thought that magic only existed in books, and then he met her. See more »


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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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14 January 1994 (USA)  »

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Tierra de sombras  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£3,033,231 (UK) (15 April 1994)
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Trivia

The scenes of the traditional Mayday celebrations in Oxford were filmed on the actual night/morning of April 30/ May 1 1993. On Magdalen Tower were the actual choristers of the College chapel but with restricted space due to the minimal crew and camera. Medium shots had been taken of dress-extras in punts on the river and the intention had been to take long-shots of the real-life crowd below. However an unusual thick low mist made much footage unusable, so the dress-extras were recalled a week later, with others to cover Magdalen Bridge. See more »

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The first time Jack appears in the hospital, the physician comes out of Joy's room and tells him Joy's left leg "snapped like a twig." It is her right leg which is shown collapsing and being treated throughout the film. See more »

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Harry: [Jack makes his first public appearance after Joy's death] Well done, Jack. Life must go on.
Jack: I don't know whether it must, Harry, but it certainly does.
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Sumer is Icumen In
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Authorship unknown, sometimes attributed to W. de Wycombe
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Lewis' step-son says the portrayal of emotion is perfect.
14 May 2000 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

A few years ago, I had the pleasure to correspond with Douglas Gresham. (FYI, Douglas is Joy's son -- thus C.S. Lewis step-son -- played by Joseph Mazzello in this film.) I had recently seen Shadowlands, and so I asked Douglas how "true to life" the picture was. He told me that some details (dates, places) had been changed slightly for obvious dramatic/story-telling reasons, but that the "spirit" and "feeling" of all the emotions portrayed in the movie were perfectly accurate. That's exactly what it all felt like, he said.

I own the movie (and the soundtrack), and have seen it a dozen times... and I still get teary-eyed at the scene where Douglas and Jack cry in each other's arms... this movie rates a perfect 10 from me; I can't find any fault with it at all.


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