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

Quotes

Sally Voysey: What have you two been doing?
Deborah Voysey: Nothing. Absolutely Nothing. We're bored to death.
Sally Voysey: Do something, then. Find something to do.
Deborah Voysey: Here? Good heavens -- what?
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Connections

Version of Uncle Vanya (1990) 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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Chekhov transposed to the Outback
7 August 2000 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

The director, Michael Blakemore, takes an artistic gamble by loosely adapting Anton Chekhov's play, Uncle Vanya, to Australia. It works on his terms, with Blakemore doing a fine job as the returning native son. Greta Scacchi, whose effect on the locals as his new and young wife is presented in an effective fashion, also performs well. The direction is somewhat uneven and, as a result, the cast does not achieve an ensemble effect so important for the filmization/adaptation. Sam Neill, as is customary, plays Sam Neill. However, Kerry Fox, a brilliant actress, shines. The production design and costumes are nicely and accurately created. In sum, Blakemore does not attempt to go beyond the perimeter of the original masterwork by Chekhov who, after all, is the originator of the "slice of life" genre.


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