Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)

NC-17  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  16 April 1993 (USA)
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A young female landowner in 1840s Jamaica marries a just-arrived Englishman to avoid losing her property. All seems to be perfect, love arises, and happiness is on the way, but she is ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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A young female landowner in 1840s Jamaica marries a just-arrived Englishman to avoid losing her property. All seems to be perfect, love arises, and happiness is on the way, but she is hiding an old secret regarding her childhood and her mother. Slowly, this secret begins to erode this perfect relationship and, perhaps, her mother's story will begin again...with her. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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Rated NC-17 for strong, explicit sexuality | See all certifications »

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16 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran mar de los Sargazos  »

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$1,610,792 (USA)

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One of only two filmed adaptations for the cinema from a written work by Jean Rhys with the other, the first, being director James Ivory's Quartet (1981), made by Merchant Ivory Productions (MIP). See more »


Referenced in Seinfeld: The Bottle Deposit (1996) See more »


Written by Franz Schubert (as Schubert)
Arranged by Charlotte Georg (as Lee Ashley)
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Terrible, horrible movie
14 November 2002 | by (new york, ny) – See all my reviews

This movie takes a great, rich, wonderful novel and reduces it to the level of near soft porn. So much time is spent on silly, pointless nude scenes that the plot has to be severely condensed. Major plot points seem to happen suddenly, without context or explanation and characters are poorly developed And the nude scenes aren't even very good, they were just cheesy - after the second or third time Rochester and Antoinette stripped, I was laughing out loud.

The film has some great Jamaican locations, but that's about the only good thing I can say for it.

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