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 ...
Nick Farrell
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Christopher Riley
Andrew Hawkins ...
Rupert Parrish
Peter Howell ...
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Jack Lewis
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Robert Flemyng ...
Claude Bird
James Frain ...
Peter Whistler
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Frith
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Lieven
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Standish
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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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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,842,000 (USA)
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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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Joy actually broke her leg at Jack's home, The Kilns. See more »

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Joy: The pain then is part of the happiness now. That's the deal.
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Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)
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Written by Harry Dacre
A snatch is sung by Jack while they look for the Golden Valley
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Intelligent, Powerful, and Joyous
14 April 2000 | by (Sarah Lawrence College) – See all my reviews

I probably watch this film every two years, yet like fine wine, it grows even better after time. This picture is a beautiful, thought provoking, and highly effective meditation on how love, death, god, joy, and pain all coexist in the strange universe that is life. With subject matter as complex as this, the viewer can see where one could easily become lost in C.S. Lewis's story, but "Shadowlands" never falters. The film remains quiet, simple, and highly effective through Attenborough's understated direction, and its cast's uniformly excellent performances.

However, what sits at the very core of "Shadowlands" beauty is its ultimate truth. There are moments in this film so full of genuine, unflynching emotion that its power practically hits the audience member in the gut. Yes, the film's magnificently depicted scenes of death and grieving never fail to jerk tears from my eyes, but Lewis's closing lines regarding the choices he made as a boy and a man make me sob.

"Shadowlands" is undoubtedly representative of filmaking at its very best. I recommend this film without reservation to anyone!


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