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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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Claude Bird
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Lieven
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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 <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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14 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tierra de sombras  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,842,000 (USA)
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This was Gerald Sim's final film before his death on December 11, 2014 at the age of 89. See more »

Goofs

Both the picture of the Golden Valley hanging in Jack's study, and the actual vista Jack and Joy find on their honeymoon are in fact the view of the Wye Valley from Symonds Yat - as the woman in the hotel says, the Golden Valley is that of the River Dore. See more »

Quotes

Joy Gresham: Are you TRYING to be offensive, or merely stupid?
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Sumer is Icumen In
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Authorship unknown, sometimes attributed to W. de Wycombe
Sung by the choir on May Day morning
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A lovely, deep film
11 September 2006 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

Debra Winger was a great candidate for the part of CS Lewis' wife, and there is no other better Lewis than Mr. Anthony Hopkins. A sad, slow, painfully sincere story tells about the love of these two people, their short and passing happiness and her tragic death. But what a brilliant film! The elegiac nature adds to the pure British feel of the movie, while the secondary roles are also so refreshingly endearing and truly masterful. I agree, that's a pity that there is no JRR Tolkien in the film, but even then this is a worthy work. It gives a sense of something dear, fragile and very brisk, like their love in the film is. It leaves with a heavy heart and you only wonder how could a man who had such a tragic life write such great books as he did. A marvelous film and a great praise goes to all the film crew.


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