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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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Desmond Arding
Roddy Maude-Roxby ...
Arnold Dopliss
Michael Denison ...
Harry Harrington
Andrew Seear ...
Bob Chafer
Tim McMullan ...
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Christopher Riley
Andrew Hawkins ...
Rupert Parrish
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Robert Flemyng ...
Claude Bird
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Peter Whistler
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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)  »

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Tierra de sombras  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$25,842,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Richard Attenborough replaced Sydney Pollack as director. When he came on board, he had Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger in mind to play the lead roles. See more »

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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.
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Once in Royal David's City
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Lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander and music by
Henry J. Gauntlett
Sung at the Christmas service
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Spellbinding ride through the Shadowlands
26 June 1999 | by (In shame (2005 update)) – See all my reviews

Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger are perfectly cast in this beautiful film that contains what maybe the best and most haunting scenes in the history of motion pictures.

I didn't realize that there was almost no music until the third time I watched it. Hopkins delivers a career-best performance and Joseph Mazzello (as Winger's son) is terribly underbilled (his performance is superb), and I have no idea why Shadowlands didn't even land a Best Picture Academy Award nomination, it's certainly worth the price of the rental.

+ (GOOD THINGS) 1.) Death scene 2.) Chemistry between Hopkins and Winger 3.) Richard Attenborough's direction 4.) Hopkin's performance 5.) William Nicholson's script 6.) Winger's performance 7.) Joseph Mazzello's performance

  • (BAD THINGS) 1.) Winger's accent




Total: 9.5/10


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