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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

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Dr. Max Askey
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Deborah Voysey
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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
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Fred Livingstone
Bryan Marshall ...
Mr. Pettinger
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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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Drama | Romance

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

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Amours champêtres  »

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$350,354 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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: One of the few advantages of being the only doctor in the district is that eventually, if you wait long enough, all the people that say that they hate you turn up on your doorstep with kidney stones or an anal abscess or something that's giving them terrible bother.
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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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Blow.. Blow Me Out I am so sad, I don't know why..
2 July 2005 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

The Country Life is what I consider to be a pretty run-in-the-mill rich-people-go-into-the-country-and- the=country-folk-teach-them-a-lesson type of movie. Michael Blakemore and Greta Scaachi play two upper crust British folk who set foot in the beautiful Australian countryside to visit his relations that he hasn't seen forever. He's acquired much success in the city, something not lost on the country folk. However, just like me, when the spoiled rich people go into the country, it's not quite the same lifestyle. Soon, they try to change the whole house upside down, and even getting to the point where they want to sell it. The country folk, needless to say, are not amused. The plot in this is rather predictable, sort of like City Slickers meets Gosford Park. Everyone seems to have a high upper nose about the whole thing, and I HATE movies like that. The acting for this is pretty good, Michael Blakemore and Greta Scaachi are good as the city couple, and Kerry Fox and John Hargreaves (doing a damned good Eric Idle impersonation) are all pretty good. Sam Neill's character, though a necessity in the plot, I feel is somewhat needless here.

Oh, and for those of you wondering, no, Blur's 'Country House' is not in the movie.


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