Cold Comfort Farm (1995)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  10 May 1996 (USA)
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In England in the early 1930's, 20 year old Flora Poste, recently orphaned and left with only 100 pounds a year, goes to stay with distant relatives on Cold Comfort Farm. Everyone on the ... See full summary »



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In England in the early 1930's, 20 year old Flora Poste, recently orphaned and left with only 100 pounds a year, goes to stay with distant relatives on Cold Comfort Farm. Everyone on the gloomy farm is completely around the twist, but Flora tries to sort everything out... Written by John Oswalt <>

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She discovered a new branch of her family tree... the one with all the nuts.


Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG for brief sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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10 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Em Busca da Felicidade  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,139,000 (USA) (19 July 1996)


$5,596,906 (USA) (4 October 1996)

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Originally made for British TV, this received a theatrical release in the US. This was sufficiently well received to subsequently secure the film a cinema release in the UK. See more »


The candlestick on breakfast table during the first breakfast scene changes places depending upon the shot. See more »


Amos Starkadder: Seth, drain the well. There's a neighbor missing.
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Spoofs Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


Tara's Theme
Composed by Max Steiner
Published by MCPS/Bourne Inc.
Performed by The London Festival Orchestra and Chorus
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Delightfully funny and gorgeously imaginative!
2 September 2003 | by (Mainframe) – See all my reviews

Cold Comfort Farm has been and remains one of my favorite movies of all time. Why? Simple: it is hilarious, has a star-studded and perfect ensemble cast, and is a beautiful adaptation of an equally, if not more hilarious, book. When one thinks about this movie, one always returns to the cast and how well-suited they were for their roles. Kate Beckinsale fits perfectly in the role of London débutante Flora Poste who, like Jane Austen, "could not endure a mess." Ian McKellen plays his role to fire and brimstone perfection. Rufus Sewell is remarkably well suited as the smoldering Seth with his brooding eyes and husky, outdoors-y sentiments. Eileen Atkins plays the extremely depressed, reverse-Oedipal mother of Seth in all her exceptional oddness. This is but naming a few of the fabulous cast members that fills this film. The film itself is beautifully filmed and beautifully acted. I would highly recommend it to anyone who 1)enjoys subtle British humor and 2)just enjoys an all-around excellent film.

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