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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)  »

Also Known As:

Amours champêtres  »

Box Office

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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

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 Onkel Wanja (1964) 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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Thoroughly Enjoyable
8 April 2002 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time a year ago, and couldn't wait for its video release. It's a wonderful farce, a bit like "The Man Who Came to Dinner." I thoroughly enjoyed John Hargreave's "Uncle Jack" and Kerry Fox's "Sally". If this were a television program it would have me hooked! All of the characters at the Canterbury estate were given good development (even the minor ones), and I was sorry to have to leave them when the movie ended. My only complaint is that Michael Blakemore's "Alexander" and Greta Scacchi's "Deborah" did not seem to learn anything from their experiences with their relatives. They returned to their selfish, bombastic selves at the end, which made the point of the story a bit fuzzy for me. Overall, however, I would recommend this as a very good picture.


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