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Shadowlands -- C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets spirited poet Joy Gresham.


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14 January 1994 (USA) See more »
Based on a true story. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julian Fellowes ... Desmond Arding
Roddy Maude-Roxby ... Arnold Dopliss
Michael Denison ... Harry Harrington
Andrew Seear ... Bob Chafer
Tim McMullan ... Nick Farrell

John Wood ... Christopher Riley
Andrew Hawkins ... Rupert Parrish
Peter Howell ... College President

Anthony Hopkins ... Jack Lewis

Edward Hardwicke ... Warnie Lewis

Robert Flemyng ... Claude Bird

James Frain ... Peter Whistler

Toby Whithouse ... Frith

Daniel Goode ... Lieven

Scott Handy ... Standish
Charles Simon ... Barker
Giles Oldershaw ... Marcus
Simon Cowell-Parker ... John Egan

Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Dr. Eddie Monk
Pat Keen ... Mrs. Young
Carol Passmore ... Woman in Tea Room
Howard Lew Lewis ... Tea Room Waiter (as Howard 'Lew' Lewis)

Debra Winger ... Joy Gresham

Joseph Mazzello ... Douglas Gresham
John Quentin ... Station Acquaintance
Alan Talbot ... College Porter
Leigh Burton-Gill ... Mrs. Parrish
Cameron Burton-Gill ... Parrish Children
Chandler Burton-Gill ... Parrish Children
Kendall Burton-Gill ... Parrish Children
Christina Burton-Gill ... Parrish Children
Sylvia Barter ... Woman in Bookshop
James Watt ... Boy in Bookshop
Pauline Melville ... Committee Chairwoman
Sophie Stanton ... Lecture Committee
Ysobel Gonzalez ... Lecture Committee
Ninka Scott ... Lecture Committee
Walter Sparrow ... Fred Paxford
Gerald Sim ... Superintendant Registrar
Terry Rowley ... Registrar

Norman Bird ... Taxi Driver Witness

Peter Firth ... Dr. Craig

Abigail Hopkins ... Staff Nurse (as Abigail Harrison)

Julian Firth ... Father John Fisher
Karen Lewis ... Hotel Receptionist
Matthew Delamere ... Simon Chadwick
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

JB Blanc ... Undergraduate (uncredited)
Adrian Dobson ... Passenger (uncredited)

Daniel Osgerby ... Undergraduate (uncredited)
Trevor Payne ... Student (uncredited)
Jesse James Sims ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Attenborough 
Writing credits
William Nicholson (screenplay)

William Nicholson (play)

Produced by
Richard Attenborough .... producer
Terence A. Clegg .... executive producer (as Terence Clegg)
Brian Eastman .... producer
Diana Hawkins .... co-producer
Alison Webb .... associate producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Roger Pratt (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lesley Walker 
Casting by
Lucy Boulting 
Production Design by
Stuart Craig 
Art Direction by
John King (supervising art director)
Michael Lamont 
Set Decoration by
Stephenie McMillan 
Costume Design by
Penny Rose 
Makeup Department
Christine Beveridge .... makeup designer
Betty Glasow .... chief hairdresser
Norma Webb .... makeup artist
Barbara Sutton .... additional hairdresser (uncredited)
Production Management
Terence A. Clegg .... executive in charge of production (as Terence Clegg)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Clayton .... first assistant director
Sean Clayton .... third assistant director
Adam Somner .... assistant director: second unit
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bruce Bigg .... property master
Brian Bishop .... scenic artist
Doug Bishop .... assistant scenic artist
Alan Brooks .... master carpenter
Colin Burgess .... stand-by prop
Ray Campbell .... stand-by painter
George Chambers .... stand-by stagehand
Don Clayson .... chargehand plasterer
George Coussins .... chargehand carpenter
Peter Dorme .... draughtsman
Stephen Eels .... stand-by carpenter
Kavin Hall .... master painter
Robert Harper .... chargehand painter
Danny Hunter .... chargehand stand-by prop
Bryce Johnston .... chargehand carpenter (as Bryce Johnstone)
Paul Kirby .... junior draughtsman
Pippa Marks .... art department runner
Jim Morahan .... assistant art director
Alf Newvell .... chargehand rigger
Brian Read .... production buyer
Michael Redding .... construction coordinator
Ian Rolfe .... stand-by rigger
Caroline Smith .... stand-by art director
Ted Stickley .... chargehand dressing prop
Peter Wallace .... chargehand rigger
Brian Western .... chargehand painter
Kenny Wilson .... chargehand stagehand
Tony Wright .... storyboard artist
Gavin Gordon .... carpenter (uncredited)
Richard Lyon .... construction storeman (uncredited)
Ginger McCarthy .... scaffolder (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Bateman .... adr mixer
John Bateman .... footsteps mixer
Jonathan Bates .... sound
Michael Crouch .... dialogue editor
Taffy Haines .... sound maintenance
Kevin Holt .... assistant footsteps editor
Peter Holt .... footsteps editor
Dean Humphreys .... sound mixer
Gerry Humphreys .... sound
Simon Kaye .... sound
Brian Mann .... assistant sound editor
Tommy Staples .... boom operator
Len Tremble .... assistant dialogue editor
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chris Corbould .... special effects supervisor
Matthew Harlow .... special effects technician
Brian Warner .... senior special effects technician
Dave Crownshaw .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
Steve Hamilton .... senior special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Alan White .... plate photography
Alan White .... translite photographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Binnall .... clapper loader: second unit (as Robert Binnell)
Fred Brown .... electrician
Eddie Collins .... director of photography: second unit
Chuck Finch .... gaffer
Stephen Finch .... electrician (as Steve Finch)
Alan Grosch .... electrician
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Simon Hume .... focus puller
Martin Kenzie .... camera operator: second unit
Paddy Kiely .... clapper loader
Colin Manning .... grip
Billy Merrell .... best boy
Nic Milner .... focus puller: second unit
Gary Pocock .... grip: second unit
Mike Roberts .... camera operator (as Michael Roberts)
Tracy Satchwell-Smith .... camera trainee
Toby Tyler .... electrician
Chris Warren .... video assist
Darren Quinn .... assistant grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Amy Allen .... casting assistant
Clare Moseley .... crowd casting: Oxford
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kate Carin .... assistant costume designer
Ken Crouch .... wardrobe supervisor (as Kenny Crouch)
Dougie Hawkes .... costumer
Kirsten Hecktermann .... wardrobe mistress
Mark Holmes .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Tullio Brunt .... second assistant editor
Martin Corbett .... cutting room assistant
Jeremy Hume .... assistant editor
Peter Hunt .... negative timer
Joe Parisella .... colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
David Boardman .... location assistant
Nick Daubeny .... location manager (as Nicholas Daubeny)
Richard Dunmore .... location manager
Mark Somner .... assistant location manager
Alexander Walker .... location assistant: Oxford
Ben Weston .... location assistant: Oxford
Music Department
George Fenton .... conductor
Daren Geraghty .... soloist
Keith Grant .... music recording engineer
Grayston Ives .... choir director: The Choir of Magdalen College Oxford
Kevin Lane .... music editor
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performers (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Eliza Thompson .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Vic Floyd .... unit driver
Colin Morris .... unit driver
Cecil O'Reilly .... unit driver
Stanley Sirkin .... unit driver
John Smith .... unit driver
Ronald Straw .... unit driver
Other crew
Gordon Arnell .... unit publicist
Nikki Clapp .... script supervisor
Gabriel Clare-Hunt .... production assistant: Richard Attenborough
Lindsay Conner .... legal services: Hill Wynne Troop & Meisinger
John Ensby .... laboratory liaison
Barbra Flinder .... title designer
Kathy Goodman .... legal services: Katten Muchin Zaris & Weitzman
Jo Gregory .... financial controller
Alan Grodin .... legal services: Cooper Epstein & Hurewitz
Nicki Gunning .... production assistant: Brian Eastman
Leila Kirkpatrick .... production coordinator
Mark R. Lindsay .... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Jamice Medhurst .... unit nurse
Zoe Moore .... floor runner (as Zoë Moore)
Jim Schreiber .... legal services: Leonard Dicker & Schreiber
Barry Smith .... legal services: Richards Butler
Alan Steele .... computer operator
Judy Wasdell .... publicity assistant
Greg Waterfield .... production runner
Betty Williams .... assistant accountant
Heide Wilsher .... production assistant: Brian Eastman
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor (uncredited)
Douglas Gresham .... acknowledgment: Shadowland Productions wish to thank
Philippe Hartmann .... acknowledgment: Shadowland Productions wish to thank, The Borough of Camden (as Philippe Hartman)
Walter Hooper .... acknowledgment: Shadowland Productions wish to thank
Ellen Mirojnick .... acknowledgment: Shadowland Productions wish to thank
Malcolm Townsend .... acknowledgment: Shadowland Productions wish to thank, Thames Valley Police Oxford
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for thematic elements
131 min | Canada:115 min (Ontario)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Douglas Gresham (along with his brother, David) became the heir to C.S. Lewis' literary estates, and is one of the producers of The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise.See more »
Factual errors: Joy was treated for cancer at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford not in London as shown in the film.See more »
Joy Gresham:Are you TRYING to be offensive, or merely stupid?See more »
Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)See more »


Any information on the name or significance of the unusual lapel pin Jack Lewis is wearing during the film?
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61 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
What Shadowlands does, it does very well., 8 September 2004
Author: jeromec-2 from Canada

Many people seeing this film who are familiar with CS Lewis' writings will be tempted to be disappointed.

They should not be. In defense of this film and the method used to get the results, I have two things to say.

The first, and by far the most important, is that spiritual films are very difficult to make -- especially if one is speaking about something above one's head. That's why the life of Jesus is such a difficult subject and has met with so little success, at least from an artistic point of view.

Even Mel Gibson's Passion suffers from this to some extent. I would say his representation of the Passion reflect more of our times and what we consider to be important than on the ministry of Jesus. I may be wrong; I am not a believer so my opinion may not matter. But what is true is that no matter what your belief, spiritual man (Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha and others) are very hard to make biographies of. In my opinion what they represented survived not because we have understanding, but because our instincts tell us they are what we should be. It is not a mind thing at all. AND FILMS REQUIRE OUR MINDS, at least to make them. It would take a soul equal to that of Christ to make a film about Christ.

To a far lesser extent, that is true of CS Lewis. His was a very complex theology dressed in wonderful parables. He had a great understanding of the parables and used the same technique. It does little good to discuss his theology in a film that is about 2 hours long. In fact, the viewer is sort of expected to know something about his writings and theology.

Which brings me to my second point. Perhaps it is because I am over 60 and not been brought up on Romances that I find this one so appealing. Here was a man that had lived his entire life one way, mostly in his mind, when he was confronted with feelings that demanded he reinterpret everything he believed. How many of us at his age could do what CS Lewis did?

Here was a man that thought one way and was forced to live another. What the mind is a very poor substitute for what our emotions understand. CS Lewis was very quick, I think, to recognize this and embraced it completely once he found it out.

Douglas Davidman Gresham (Joy Gresham's son), has said that the film is perhaps not completely factually correct, but the emotion representation is "spot on".

For me, no truer words could be spoken. What does it matter what details are missing, or changed because we have only 2 hours to tell a story? What matters is that we see the humanity of the man and his wonderful ability to embrace openly his new found emotions are what matters. And to put this into his spiritual structure was even more remarkable.

It's a good film. Enjoy it and pay attention. It requires an open heart and an open mind. Give it both.

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