Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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.

Writers:

(screenplay), (play)
Reviews
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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
...
Frith
...
Lieven
...
Standish
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

oxford | england | friend | book | author | See All (69) »

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tierra de sombras  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,842,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was Michael Denison's final film before his death on July 22, 1998 at the age of 82. See more »

Goofs

Jack never learnt to drive, despite numerous attempts at learning. See more »

Quotes

[mourning Joy's passing]
Douglas Gresham: [sobbing] I sure would like to see her again.
C. S. Lewis: [also sobbing] Me too.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The 66th Annual Academy Awards (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue in D
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Heard at the insignia ceremony
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
An Extremely Touching Film
20 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

C. S. Lewis is making a bit of a comeback with the "Chronicles Of Narnia" movie of late, but here's a film portrait of him made in 1993 starring the great British actor Anthony Hopkins.

To Christians, Lewis has always been a familiar name: one of the greatest and most well-known Christian apologists theologians ("Merre Christianity," "The Screwtape Letters,"etc.) and fiction (the Narnia series) writers of all time. But this film - no surprise - doesn't really deal with that: it's mainly a love story, the love he had toward his American wife, played by Debra Winger.

Being a Brit, the film takes place in England and features some wonderful landscapes of that great country. Hopkins exudes warmth in the role of Lewis and Winger is okay, New York City accent and all, as the American. I would have chosen someone else for the role, but Winger gets by.

Not to be forgotten is the fine job Edward Hardwicke did as "Warnie," Lewis' brother. Joseph Mazzello, one of the top child actors of the early '90s, is the Lewis' young boy. When father and son cry together at the end, it is one of the most touching scenes I've ever viewed on film.

It's a touching story, period, and if it doesn't get your eyes moistened at least once, check your pulse. The dialog in here is excellent, too. I particularly enjoyed the by-play of dry wit between the professors and Winger's various comments to her husband.

Nice films like this are unusual and should be treasured, as Lewis and his works are by so many people, Christian or non-Christian.


50 of 53 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
No J R R Tolkien? VedderDeusEx
A terrible film that bored me to tears Critic-Girl
tears joycemorrison
Debra Winger totally wrong for the part NickRisch
The Real C. S. Lewis rmm413-1
DVD rjames1973
Discuss Shadowlands (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?