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The Return of the Native (1994)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 4 December 1994
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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(novel), (teleplay) (as Robert Lenski)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Greg 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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Drama

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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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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Le point du jour
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Traditional
Sung by Ray Stevenson
[Clym sings while chopping furze]
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Fantastic adaptation of classic Hardy
24 March 2003 | by (Provo, UT) – See all my reviews

I saw this first when my older sister watched it for a class in high school and I was immediately taken by Catherine Zeta-Jones. She looked stunning, nearly perfect in every particular, almost like a flawless Disney heroine. Later, when I read the book (which soon became my favorite classic novel of all time), and did a research paper on Hardy heroines (Eustacia Vye from The Return of the Native, Bathsheba Everdene from Far from the Madding Crowd and Tess Durbefield from Tess of the D'Urbervilles), I read the description of Eustacia and found that Zeta-Jones was TYPECAST as the seemingly angelic, but ultimately tortmented woman. I quickly became a Catherine Zeta-Jones fan and sought out her other films. This one ranks as one of her best.

A fantastic work, especially for Hallmark, I agree that had it been made in Hollywood, Catherine would have won her first Oscar long before Chicago. Watch this heartbreaking film and then (or before), read the book. Also outstanding are Clive Owen as the equally tormented Damon Wildeve and Ray Stevenson as Clym Yeobright and the title character. Diggory Venn and Thomasin Yeobright are also well-played.

10/10.


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