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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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Release Date:
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 11 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Attenborough's best directorial effort. See more (83 total) »


  (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
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)
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)
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
David Boardman .... location assistant
Nikki Clapp .... script supervisor
Gabriel Clare-Hunt .... production assistant: Richard Attenborough
Lindsay Conner .... legal services: Hill Wynne Troop & Meisinger
Nick Daubeny .... location manager (as Nicholas Daubeny)
Richard Dunmore .... location manager
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
Jamice Medhurst .... unit nurse
Zoe Moore .... floor runner (as Zoë Moore)
Jim Schreiber .... legal services: Leonard Dicker & Schreiber
Barry Smith .... legal services: Richards Butler
Mark Somner .... assistant location manager
Alan Steele .... computer operator
Alexander Walker .... location assistant: Oxford
Judy Wasdell .... publicity assistant
Greg Waterfield .... production runner
Ben Weston .... location assistant: Oxford
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)
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The last feature film of Gerald Sim.See more »
Factual errors: Jack never learnt to drive, despite numerous attempts at learning.See more »
Harry:But she's not...
C. S. Lewis:Not my wife. No, how could she be? I'd have to love her, wouldn't I? She'd have to be more important to me than anything in the World. I'd have to be suffering the torments of the damned. The thought of losing her...
Harry:I'm so sorry, Jack. I didn't know.
C. S. Lewis:Neither did I, Harry.
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Any information on the name or significance of the unusual lapel pin Jack Lewis is wearing during the film?
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Attenborough's best directorial effort., 24 June 2001
Author: piasa84047 from United States

This film is Richard Attenborough's best directed film. Unlike Gandhi, it had no ambitions of being a grand scale historical epic. It actually played to Attenborough's strengths as a director, which are story and character development. Of course some fantastic performances from some great actors helped him out immensely. Debra Winger was nominated for an Oscar, and she was great, but we already saw her play the same disease in Terms of Endearment. Anthony Hopkins should have received an Oscar nomination for his incredible multi-layered turn as C. S. Lewis. His lifelong bachelor that falls in love and then questions his own theological beliefs when he grieves is the polar opposite of his most famous role, Hannibal Lechter, and yet he is just as convincing. With Hopkins in the lead, and Attenborough's attention to detail, this movie is one of the most overlooked films on every top 100 list, or in the case of this site, top 250 list. If you like movies that have stories, characters, and atmosphere, this is for you. 8 of 10.

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