A stonemason steadfastly pursues a cousin he loves. However their love is troubled as he is married to a woman who tricked him into marriage and she is married to a man she does not love.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
June Whitfield ...
Ross Colvin Turnbull ...
Little Jude
James Daley ...
Jude as a Boy
Berwick Kaler ...
Farmer Troutham
Sean McKenzie ...
1st Stone Mason
Richard Albrecht ...
2nd Stone Mason
Caitlin Bossley ...
Emma Turner ...
Lorraine Hilton ...
Uncle Joe
Mark Lambert ...


A stonemason steadfastly pursues a cousin he loves. However their love is troubled as he is married to a woman who tricked him into marriage and she is married to a man she does not love. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and intense depictions of death and birth | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Herzen in Aufruhr  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,850 (USA) (18 October 1996)


$405,144 (USA) (20 December 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sue: Do I irritate you?
Jude Fawley: No.
Sue: Even though I'm always trying to prove how much cleverer than you I am.
Jude Fawley: You are!
Sue: Don't say that!
Jude Fawley: Why not?
Sue: Because it's not the sort of thing you should admit to!
Jude Fawley: Even if it's true?
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References Jules and Jim (1962) See more »

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not what i thought...
28 September 2004 | by (suberbia) – See all my reviews

...but i loved it. i was at the library getting a movie for girls night and then i saw the jacket for this movie. first thing i notice it has kate winslet, its historical, and the tag line is really catchy so i check it out, drive to my friends house and start the show. instead of a cute feel good romance i'm confronted with a heavy movie of death, love, hate, and betrayal.

now i found this movie to be amazing. the story was very much true to hardy's novel (well up until the end) and while the film is dark it is wonderfully so. it is not a lighthearted period romance but rather a study on human behavior and how it can go terribly wrong when the heart becomes involved. it is obvious that they love each other, and the fact they are cousins is secondary... they had never known each other as children as most children know their cousins. they met as adults and fell in love as such. their story is an impassioned one of trail and error romances, exploring ones desires and drives, the burden of nonconformity, and what can cause as love to break down.

very good, very powerful, but a very abrupt ending with one of the best closing lines. ****/*****

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