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Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)

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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:
Annette Cosway
Paul Mason
Aunt Cora (as Martine Beswicke)
Claudia Robinson ...
Huw Christie Williams ...
Casey Berna ...
Ben Thomas ...
Young Bull
Audbrey Pilatus ...
Ancile Gloudon ...
Dominic Needham ...
Kevin Thomas ...


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 <>

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1840s | englishman | happiness | jamaica | girl | See more »

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

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16 April 1993 (USA)  »

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Wide Sargasso Sea  »

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$1,610,792 (USA)

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from "Quartet, Opus 64 No. 5"
Written by Joseph Haydn (as Haydn)
Arranged by Charlotte Georg (as Les Peel)
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Lovely prequel to JANE EYRE
4 January 2002 | by (Toronto, Ont. Canada) – See all my reviews

Based on Jean Rhys' 1966 novel, "Wide Sargasso Sea" is the story of Antoinette Cosway, who shows up in Charlotte Bronte's classic 1847 novel "Jane Eyre" as Rochester's first wife Bertha Mason - confused? Rhys has taken some liberties with timelines, and some names and relationships have been changed for no apparent reason. Quibbles aside, this movie stands on its own. Gorgeous Jamaican scenery, lush erotic scenes (I think I saw the uncut version) that perfectly convey Rochester and Antoinette's passion, but a sense of foreboding (for those familiar with the Bronte book, anyway). The ending is a bit abrupt, and seems rushed after the leisurely pace of the rest of the film.

Having just read Rhys' novel, I was delighted at how much of its dialogue and narrative was so faithfully adapted, and praise the screenwriters for making sense out of a rather confusing book - it jumps around in time, and is narrated by Antoinette and Rochester in turn. The movie makes the story much more clear. Excellent performances from KARINA LOMBARD(is that her real accent?) as Antoinette, NATHANIEL PARKER as Rochester, and CLAUDIA ROBINSON as Christophine (a much more sympathetic character than she appears in the book). Was also impressed with the cameos from MICHAEL YORK, RACHEL WARD and MARTINE BESWICKE.

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