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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Desmond Arding
Roddy Maude-Roxby ...
Arnold Dopliss
Michael Denison ...
Harry Harrington
Andrew Seear ...
Bob Chafer
Tim McMullan ...
Nick Farrell
Christopher Riley
Andrew Hawkins ...
Rupert Parrish
Peter Howell ...
College President
Robert Flemyng ...
Claude Bird
Peter Whistler


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 thought that magic only existed in books, and then he met her. 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)


$25,842,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Barbra Streisand was asked to direct and star, but declined so she could pursue The Normal Heart (which she never made). See more »


Joy was treated for cancer at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford not in London as shown in the film. See more »


C. S. Lewis: Pain is God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
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Remake of Shadowlands (1985) See more »


Performed by London Symphony Orchestra and The Choir of Magdalen College Oxford
Directed by Grayston Ives
Soloists Daniel Cochlin & Daren Geraghty
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User Reviews

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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