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Country Life (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 28 July 1995 (USA)
Adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" set in rural Australia in the 1920's. Jack Dickens and his niece Sally run the family farm to support brother-in-law Alexander as a (supposedly ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Max Askey
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Deborah Voysey
John Hargreaves ...
Jack Dickens
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Sally Voysey
Michael Blakemore ...
Alexander Voysey
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Hannah
Patricia Kennedy ...
Maud Dickens
Ron Blanchard ...
Wally Wells
Robyn Cruze ...
Violet
Maurie Fields ...
Fred Livingstone
Bryan Marshall ...
Mr. Pettinger
Tony Barry ...
Logger
Terry Brady ...
Logger
Tom Long ...
Billy Livingstone
Rob Steele ...
James
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Adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" set in rural Australia in the 1920's. Jack Dickens and his niece Sally run the family farm to support brother-in-law Alexander as a (supposedly brilliant) literary critic in London. Action begins when Alexander returns with his beautiful young wife Deborah, revealing himself as an arrogant failure and wanting to sell the farm out from under Jack. Blakemore introduces themes about Australia's separation from England, as well as expanding the pacifist and ecological philosophies espoused by the local Doctor Max Askey. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sex-related scenes | See all certifications »
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28 July 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amours champêtres  »

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$350,354 (USA)
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| (dvd release) (IFC library print)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film adaptation based on and including most of the cast of Michael Blakemore's National Theatre production of "Uncle Vanya". See more »

Quotes

Dr. Max Askey: Nothing is pointless if we can learn from it.
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Version of Onkel Wanja (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

A Seville, Belles Senoras (from Don Cesar de Bazan)
written by Jules Massenet
performed by Nellie Melba (as Dame Nellie Melba)
courtesy of RCA Victor / BMG Classics
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COUNTRY LIFE...uncle vanya in OZ...
12 July 2001 | by (louisville KY USA) – See all my reviews

i think that chekhov has been treated badly in many theatrical productions of this play, but this film and the welsh 'uncle vanya,' AUGUST, [with anthony hopkins] are beautiful and heartfelt versions of the story...those who think this is a "disappointing" film are not getting the point...the story is, in fact, about people who are very disappointed in life and love...get it???...chekhov takes a certain patience and maturity to understand...i'm happy that both these films and VANYA ON 42ND STREET were made...chekhov's characters are deep and tragic, but also shallow and comic...just like the rest of us, eh???...give it a looksee...and a chance...


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