In 1915, T.S. (Tom) Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood elope, but her longstanding gynecological and emotional problems disrupt their planned honeymoon. Her father is angry because Tom's poetry ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Haiducii (1966)
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Dinu Cocea
Stars: Marga Barbu, Ion Besoiu, Toma Caragiu
Damage (1992)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée despite the dangers of discovery.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson
Sabotage (1936)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective's cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, Desmond Tester
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This is the story of the crew of a downed bomber, captured after a run over Tokyo, early in the war. Relates the hardships the men endure while in captivity, and their final humiliation: ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, Farley Granger
Longford (TV Movie 2006)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict.

Director: Tom Hooper
Stars: Lee Boardman, Jim Broadbent, Tam Dean Burn
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In Montreal, a police inspector slowly discovers a plot to kidnap a nuclear physicist, American mobsters, foreign spies, and a blonde seductress, are all involved.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, George Raft, Audrey Totter
Wilde (1997)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gilbert
Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A young marchioness who loves the way of free-thinking and flatterers invites an author into her house who pretends to seduce her...

Director: Anna Maria Tatò
Stars: Ivan Bacciocchi, Jean-Claude Carrière, Axelle Cummings
Moonlighting (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A Polish contractor, Nowak, leads a group of workmen to London so they can provide cheap labor for a government official based there. Nowak (Irons) has to manage the project and the men as ... See full summary »

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Eugene Lipinski, Jirí Stanislav
Iris I (2001)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Richard Eyre
Stars: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An enthralling look at the Arctic's biggest predator on ice, capturing rarely-seen behavior, and featuring breathtaking cinematography shot over 12 months in the Canadian Arctic.

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The tape version, if one exists, may be 114 minutes but the film, on original release, ran the same 140 minutes in the USA as it did in England. It is an experimental transposition of the ... See full summary »

Director: George Hoellering
Stars: John Groser, Alexander Gauge, David Ward
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Rose Haigh-Wood
...
Maurice Haigh-Wood
Nickolas Grace ...
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Harwent
...
Louise Purdon
Philip Locke ...
Charles Haigh-Wood
Joanna McCallum ...
Joseph O'Conor ...
John Savident ...
Sir Frederick Lamb
Michael Attwell ...
W.I. Janes
Sharon Bower ...
Secretary
Linda Spurrier ...
Edith Sitwell
Roberta Taylor ...
Edit

Storyline

In 1915, T.S. (Tom) Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood elope, but her longstanding gynecological and emotional problems disrupt their planned honeymoon. Her father is angry because Tom's poetry doesn't bring in enough to live on, but her mother is happy Viv has found a tender and discreet husband. Written by mama.sylvia

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

For better, for worse, forever.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

2 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tom & Viv - nel bene, nel male, per sempre  »

Box Office

Gross:

$538,534 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rosemary Harris and Willem Dafoe would later appear in the Spider-Man film trilogy directed by Sam Raimi, though they only share scenes in the first film. See more »

Connections

Featured in MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A tragic tale of creative power, love, and societal conformity in the mid-1900s.
31 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tom and Viv is a powerful story centered on one woman's fight to be an individual in mid-nineteenth century British society. Miranda Richardson does an excellent job of portraying the emotional depth of an intelligent, carefree woman forced into living a conventional, traditional life while her doctors, husband (acclaimed American poet T.S. Eliot), and family believe her to be suffering from mental illness. Richardson captures the rage, quirkiness, and strength of a woman trying to make a difference in the world when nearly everyone she meets tries to keep her in her place. William Dafoe, as Tom, brilliantly shows the effects of Viv's upstarts on a man seeking to maintain traditional societal values and blend into a conventional, though artistic and intellectual, world. While the movie does not delve too deeply into Eliot's poetry, it centers on his life and the life of the woman he claimed to love; perhaps, making a statement on how life blends into art. Ultimately, Tom and Viv is a tragic story about the inadequate health system offered to women in the 1930s and how societal conformity put a wrench in the love and marriage of two brilliant people. It enrages the feminist, humanitarian, and author in me, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in a deep and compelling story of both a poet and a woman's fall.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Tom's accent Private_Beach
musical chairs deeruss54
How can one show Eliot without showing Pound? argyll
some questions anacletast
6.5 star rating is so sad for this film butaneggbert
tom and viv smelleecat
Discuss Tom & Viv (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?