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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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Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

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Groan! What a waste of a brilliant cast!
25 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Thomas Hardy is one of my favorite authors. Some truly wonderful movies have been made from his novels ("Far From the Madding Crowd," "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," "The Mayor of Casterbridge"), and I had high hopes for this one. The Hallmark-Hall-of-Fame-ification of "Return of the Native" totally wrecked it. The cast was terrific, the photography excellent, but the script was dismal and the direction positively ruinous. People walked up to people, said lines, walked away. A meager excitement developed when Clive Owen and Catherine Zeta Jones (very young, very beautiful) exchanged a bit of flesh-pressing, but even Clive, who is a superb actor, couldn't save it. It was awash with the usual Hallmark "romantic" strings background music and pretend bumpkins offering plot exposition, and what could have been dynamite turned out to be awful. The richness of the above three movies was commpletely absent.


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