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The Return of the Native (1994)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Drama  |  4 December 1994 (USA)
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Reddleman Diggory Venn drives slowly across the heath, carrying a hidden passenger in the back of his van. When darkness falls, the country folk light bonfires on the hills, emphasizing the pagan spirit of the heath and its denizens.

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Eustacia Vye (as Catherine Zeta Jones)
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Damon Wildeve
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Clym Yeobright
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Diggory Venn
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Thomasin
Paul Rogers ...
Captain Vye
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Mrs. Yeobright
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Susan Nunsuch
Richard Avery ...
Humphrey
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Timothy
Jeremy Peters ...
Sam
Gregg Saunders ...
Charley
John Boswall ...
Granfer Cande
William Waghorn ...
Christian Cande
Matthew Owens ...
Johnny
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Reddleman Diggory Venn drives slowly across the heath, carrying a hidden passenger in the back of his van. When darkness falls, the country folk light bonfires on the hills, emphasizing the pagan spirit of the heath and its denizens.

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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4 December 1994 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Return of the Native (#44.1)  »

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The story is set in 1842. When Susan Nunsuch is given a sixpence, a close-up of the coin shows it to bear the head of Elizabeth II (1952-present), not that of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). See more »

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Catherine Zeta-Jones is much more than a pretty face
4 August 1999 | by (Rock Island,WA) – See all my reviews

Being both a fan of Catherine Zeta-Jones and of Thomas Hardy's tempest-tossed heroines, I had an uncontrollable urge to rent this film when I discovered it languishing on a dust covered shelf in my local video store. Happily, I was not disappointed. "Return of the Native" is the story of Eusticia Vance, a rather ambitious girl who comes back to her village in the south of England after years abroad to (rather innocently) wreak havoc on the local men. Although not one of Hardy's best stories, it gives Zeta-Jones a chance to show that she can act (and surprisingly well) if given a good role.

This role is very reminiscent of the high-spirited, ultimately doomed women Ava Gardner used to play. Copies of this video should be passed out to every casting agent in Hollywood. It could prevent atrocities like "The Haunting" in the future. So if you like gorgeously filmed, well-acted period pieces, or if you are simply a Catherine Zeta-Jones completist, I recommend "Return of the Native".


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