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Imagine a summer in paradise with nothing to do except everything your heart desires.
Memoir of the lives of a family growing up on a post World War I British estate headed up by a strong disciplinarian... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Colin Firth ... Edward

Rosemary Harris ... Gamma

Irène Jacob ... Aunt Heloise (as Irene Jacob)

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Moira

Malcolm McDowell ... Uncle Morris MacIntosh
Robert Norman ... Fraser

Tchéky Karyo ... Gabriel Chenoux (as Tcheky Karyo)

Kelly Macdonald ... Elspeth
Roddy McDonald ... Rollo
Daniel Baird ... Finlay
Jennifer Fergie ... Brenda
Kirstin Smith ... Meg (as Kirsten Smith)
Sean Scanlan ... Andrew Burns
John Bett ... Uncle Crawford
Anne Lacey ... Aunt Eunice
Olivia Preston ... Debs Haig
Sarah Turner ... Ruth Haig
Moray Hunter ... Jim Skelly
James Logan ... Tom Skelly (as Jimmy Logan)

Brendan Gleeson ... Jim Menzies
Eileen McCallum ... Mrs. Henderson
Carmen Pierquaccini ... Sissie (as Carmen Pieraccini)
Elaine M. Ellis ... Aggie (as Elaine Ellis)
Julie Wilson Nimmo ... Sarah
Elspeth MacNaughton ... Marnie (as Elspeth Mcnaughton)

Freddie Jones ... Reverend Finlayson
Stewart Forrest ... Donald Burns
Caroline Spencer ... Cassie Burns
Ralph Riach ... Sir David Drummond
Andrea Hart ... Lillian
Terry Neason ... Hector
Jenni Keenan-Green ... Caroline
Jenny Foulds ... Frances

Clive Russell ... The Tramp
Paul Young ... Doctor Gebbie
Pamela Kelly ... Euphemia Gebbie
Eric Barlow ... Miner
Gordon McCorkell ... Young Miner
Neil McMenemy ... Miner's Son
Lorenzo Boni ... Baby Fraser
Robyn Cochrane ... Baby Brenda
Ross Anderson ... Young Rollo
Joanne Turner ... Young Debs Haig

Nicole O'Neill ... Young Elspeth
Victoria Campbell ... Young Meg
George Knight ... Old Gardener

Directed by
Hugh Hudson 
Writing credits
Denis Forman (book "Son of Adam") (as Sir Denis Forman)

Simon Donald (screenplay)

Produced by
Eddie Dick .... executive producer: Scottish Screen
Nigel Goldsack .... co-producer
Steve Norris .... producer
David Puttnam .... producer
Paul Webster .... executive producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Howard Blake 
Cinematography by
Bernard Lutic (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Scott Thomas 
Casting by
Patsy Pollock 
Production Design by
Andy Harris 
Art Direction by
John Frankish 
Set Decoration by
Gillie Delap 
Costume Design by
Emma Porteous  (as Emma Porteus)
Makeup Department
Ashley Johnson .... hair assistant
Ashley Johnson .... makeup assistant
Veronica McAleer .... hair assistant (as Veronica Brebner)
Veronica McAleer .... makeup assistant (as Veronica Brebner)
Caroline Noble .... hair stylist supervisor
Caroline Noble .... makeup supervisor
Kerin Parfitt .... hair assistant
Kerin Parfitt .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Stephen Barker .... post-production supervisor
Andrew Barratt .... production manager
Janet Riddoch .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toby Hosking .... third assistant director
Mark Layton .... second assistant director
Bill Westley .... first assistant director
Art Department
Alan Ashby .... plasterer
Muir Balfour .... carpenter
Ross Balfour .... construction manager
Rohan Banyard .... art department assistant
Kenneth Black .... plasterer
Matt Black .... carpenter
Jon Bunker .... art director: additional shooting (as John Bunker)
John Cameron .... carpenter
Alain Chennaux .... art director: Inventions
Penny Crisp .... chief props maker
Derek K. Cunningham .... metal worker: Inventions (as Derek Cunningham)
Sam Curren .... painter (as Sam Curran)
Andy Da Silva .... plasterer assistant
Mungo Delap .... carpenter
David Dominick .... local props assistant
Tommy Dowdalls .... carpenter
Steve Ede .... construction manager
Terry Ellmore .... plasterer assistant
Martin Fallon .... stand-by carpenter
Jason Ferguson .... local props assistant
Suzanne Field .... art department assistant
Mark Fruin .... stand-by propman
Iain Geddes .... painter
Gavin Goodwin .... local props assistant
Mark Harrold .... carpenter (as Mark Harrod)
Sarah Hauldren .... assistant art director
Harry Kane .... plasterer assistant
Max Lederstegger .... carpenter: Inventions
John Maher .... construction manager: extra shooting
Barry McCrory .... plasterer (as Barry Mccorry)
Mark McNeil .... stand-by propman (as Mark Mcneil)
Ann Mollo .... set decorator: extra shooting
Billy O'Brien .... storyboard artist
Danny Oji .... plasterer assistant
Jerry Organ .... production buyer
Mark Reynolds .... dressing propman
Jim Ross .... carpenter
Graham Stickley .... props storeman
Fanny Taylor .... production buyer
Caireen Todd .... assistant art director
Lloyd Vincent .... dressing propman
Ian Watson .... local props assistant
Steve Westley .... dressing propman
Arthur Wicks .... property master
Jim McCallum .... dressing propman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Brian Blamey .... dialogue editor
Rudi Buckle .... production sound mixer
Colin Chapman .... sound effects editor
Colin Codner .... production boom operator
Graham Daniel .... sound re-recording mixer
Gillian Dodders .... dialogue editor
Ian Fuller .... sound supervisor
Derek Lomas .... sound effects editor
Ray Merrin .... sound re-recording mixer
Nigel Mills .... sound effects editor
Alan Paley .... adr editor
Grahame Peters .... adr editor (as Graham Peters)
Mike Ross-Trevor .... sound recording engineer (as Mike Ross)
Lyle Scott-Darling .... sound recordist
Jai Weston .... production sound assistant
Ken Weston .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
John Cox .... special effects crew
Dave Crownshaw .... special effects: Snow Business (as David Crownshaw)
Tim Howell .... special effects crew
John Mason .... special effects crew
Vicky Meddings .... special effects crew
Terry Schubert .... special effects: Effects Associates
Dominic Tuohy .... special effects: Effects Associates
Jeremy Lovett .... workshop supervisor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Marilyn Anderson .... lead technical assistant: Mill Film
Nicholas Atkinson .... technical assistant: Mill Film
John Bennett .... software engineer: Mill Film (as Jonathan Bennett)
Tim Caplan .... film out supervisor: Mill Film
Sophie Chometton .... digital prep: Mill Film
Thuhuong Dam .... production assistant: Mill Film
Dave Early .... visual effects associate producer: Mill Film
Paul Edwards .... production assistant: Mill Film (as Paul J. Edwards)
Andrew Garnet-Lawson .... digital matte artist: Mill Film
Meg Guidon .... visual effects producer: Mill Film
Andy Kind .... 3D animator: Mill Film (as Andrew Kind)
David Lomax .... editorial supervisor: Mill Film (as Dave Lomax)
Mickey McGovern .... executive Producer: Mill Film (as Mickey Mcgovern)
Ivor Middleton .... visual effects editor: Mill Film
Kevin Modeste .... film out supervisor: Mill Film
Karl Mooney .... visual effects supervisor: Mill Film
Emma Norton .... visual effects associate producer: Mill Film
Martin Parsons .... technical supervisor: Mill Film
Ian Plumb .... 2D compositor: Mill Film
Jody Rogers .... editorial supervisor: Mill Film
Nick Seresin .... lead technical assistant: Mill Film (as Nick James Seresin)
John Seymour .... visual effects editor: Mill Film
Chris Shaw .... 3D software: Mill Film (as Chris J.D. Shaw)
Simon Stanley-Clamp .... visual effects producer: Mill Film
Tim Zaccheo .... software engineer: Mill Film
Steve Barnes .... technical assistant (uncredited)
Sean Mullen .... digital compositor/paint: TV Version, Encore Visual Effects (uncredited)
Pat Bailey .... stunt coordinator
Del Baker .... stunt coordinator
John McQuillian .... stunt coordinator (as John Mcquillian)
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jaspreet Bal .... clapper loader
Chris Belcourt .... rigger
Tony Breeze .... assistant camera
Tony Breeze .... focus puller
Terry Chambers .... rigger
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Adam Dale .... aerial camera operator
Oliver Driscoll .... clapper loader
John Duncan .... electrician
Alfie Emmins .... best boy electric
James Gillen .... electrician
Alan Grosch .... generator operator
Darren Grosch .... electrician
John Hembrough .... assistant camera (as John Hemborough)
John Hembrough .... focus puller (as John Hemborough)
Keith Manning .... grip
John Marzano .... aerial assistant camera
Drew Meldon .... rigger
Les Mills .... stand-by rigger
Neil Munro .... electrician
Andrew Newell .... assistant camera
Andrew Newell .... focus puller
Ray Potter .... gaffer
Alastair Rae .... Steadicam operator
Alastair Rae .... camera operator
Kenny Richards .... rigger
Candida Richardson .... video overlay operator
Danny Smith .... video assistant
Malcolm Smith .... grip
Jon Webb .... assistant camera (as Jonathan Webb)
Jon Webb .... focus puller (as Jonathan Webb)
Alan White .... translite photographer: Stilled Movie Ltd.
Marc Wolff .... helicopter pilot: camera helicopter
David Worley .... camera operator
Julie Bills .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Pat Sweeney .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Chloe Emmerson .... casting assistant
Pippa Hall .... casting assistant: children
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amanda Derby .... costume assistant
Cynthea Dowling .... wardrobe supervisor
Tim Guthrie .... costume assistant
Mark Ferguson .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lucy Chapman .... second assistant editor
Jason Costelloe .... first assistant editor
Peter Hunt .... color timer
Bridget Kenningham .... post-production runner
Christopher Lloyd .... assembly editor
Keith Mason .... first assistant editor
David Hamme .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Howard Blake .... music arranger: "Le Cygne {The Swan}"
Heather Bownass .... music coordinator
Imogen Cooper .... musician: piano, "Piano Sonata No.23 in F Minor {'Appassionata'}, Op.57"
David Harrod .... musician: piano
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Andrew Haveron .... musician: solo violin
Nicholas Kraemer .... music consultant
Bob Last .... music supervisor
Colin Matthews .... composer: music "Edward Sits Alone"
Harry Rabinowitz .... music arranger: "Le Cygne {The Swan}" and "My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose"
Harry Rabinowitz .... musical director
Simon Rattle .... conductor: "Symphony No.5 in C Minor, Op.67" and "String Quartet No.16 in F Major, Op.135" (as Sir Simon Rattle)
Simon Thoumire .... musician: concertina
Wendy Wetherby .... musician: cello
John Wilson .... musical associate
Gordon Cree .... musician: piano, "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose" (uncredited)
David Shenton .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Birmingham .... unit driver
Mick Boddy .... facilities driver
Owen Brown .... unit driver
Alex 'Curly' Cameron .... unit driver
Bob Campbell .... facilities driver
Dick Cheesman .... facilities driver
Eddie Cook .... facilities driver
Tony Dilly .... facilities driver
Keith Horsley .... unit driver
Frank Hughes .... facilities driver (as Frankie Hughes)
Tony Jayes .... unit driver
Tony Leport .... facilities driver
John Martin .... unit driver
Peter Mcfarland .... unit driver
Scott McGhee .... unit driver (as Scott Mcghee)
Clive Miles .... facilities driver
Kevin O'Carroll .... unit driver
Bill Stanley .... facilities driver
Martyn Unstead .... unit driver
Other crew
Julie Austin .... drama coach: Robert Norman
Elizabeth Bain .... cashier
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
George Bennett .... location assistant
Nigel Bennett .... legal services
Tom Clode .... aviation safety coordinator
Matt Coyde .... operator: HotHead
Kathy Ewings .... assistant production accountant
Shuna Fife .... floor runner
Esther Galan .... assistant: Steve Norris
Alasdair Galbraith .... paramedic
Graeme Gordon .... location manager
Martina Gormley .... chaperone
Kate Gregory .... tutor: Robert Norman
Robin Hilton .... legal services
Michael Johnstone .... location assistant
Sara Keene .... publicist: Corbett & Keene
Valerie Kemp .... assistant: David Puttnam
Rachel Kinnock .... production coordinator
Lucy Marr .... assistant location manager
Gordon Martin .... medical assistance (as Dr. Gordon Martin)
Andrew McEwan .... floor runner (as Andrew Mcewan)
Liz Miller .... tutor: primary school
Mike Morgan .... water safety manager
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Stephen North .... aviation safety coordinator (as Steve North)
Annie O'Leary .... chaperone
David Paton .... floor runner
Jim Prime .... piano tutor
Gilly Raddings .... animal coordinator
Claire Robertson .... accounting assistant
Ian Robson .... production runner
John Sargent .... post-production accountant
Jacqueline Smith .... unit nurse
Tony Smith .... fixed wing pilot
Patricia Strain .... cello coach
Paul Swann .... laboratory contact: Technicolor
Kevin Trehy .... production accountant
Charlotte Tudor .... assistant publicist: Corbett & Keene
Karl Tyers .... fixed wing pilot
Colin Vaines .... script consultant
Joan Washington .... dialogue coach
Tim Williams .... tutor: secondary school
Jane Wittekind .... script editor
Marc Wolff .... aerial coordinator
Iain York .... production executive
Isabel Begg .... grateful thanks
Ian Charleson .... in loving memory of
Graham Easton .... grateful thanks
John Gaynor .... grateful thanks (as Dr. John Gaynor)
David Havard .... grateful thanks
Trea Leventhal .... grateful thanks (as Trea Hoving)
Charles Maclean Bart .... grateful thanks (as Sir Charles Maclean Bart)
Veronica Maclean .... grateful thanks (as Veronica Lady Maclean)
David Murray .... special thanks
Audrey Neate .... grateful thanks: The Edinburgh City Council Education Department
John Noble .... grateful thanks
Keith Norman .... grateful thanks
Sharon Norman .... grateful thanks
Terry O'Neill .... grateful thanks
Hugo Sands .... grateful thanks
Jackie Saunders .... grateful thanks: The Travel Company
Celia Stevenson .... grateful thanks (as Celia Stephenson)
Dr. Wheelwright .... grateful thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including some nude pictures
98 min
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The film was shown in a special benefit screening at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, May 20, 1999, where it was reported: "The child lead is played by an Edinburgh schoolboy Robbie Norman, who was 11 at the time of shooting two years ago. He had never acted professionally before."See more »
Anachronisms: The Boeing-Stearman Model 75 trainer shown in this film was not introduced until 1934.See more »
Edward Pettigrew:Frasier, go liberate your brother.See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Comments on the Film from a Colin Firth Fan, 24 July 1999
Author: Mary Murphy from New Jersey, USA

Beautiful music fills the theater, and a view of a lovely castle, the light all brown and gold, then a children's room, curtains drawn for nap time, or "rest time, " a Gamma calls it. Fraser hates rest time. He pulls his bed over to the window, parts the curtains, climbs out the window and starts out on his housetop journey - the journey that brings his father, resplendent in tennis white and cream bounding up the stairs, long legs moving fast. And ends with Dad barking like a dog, and little son barking back until he is safely swept up into Edward's arms and hoisted high on the roof for all to see.

It is a wonderful beginning to a family saga. It manages to tell us almost everything about the kind of child Fraser is, and the kind of father he has -- Almost everything, but not all.

In the course of the film we see that Edward Pettigrew is many things, an inventor of hair brained gadgets, an exuberant dad to his children, a lover to his wife, a trial to his mother-in-law, a fool to his brother-in-law, a kind employer to the house staff. But most of all, he is a man with the heart of a child. There are times when the child Fraser is more mature than Edward the dad.

I never felt the film was fragmented, because the central theme, Edward's lust for Heloise, held the movie together, and gave it shape. And he DID lust for her, did something to her in the sphagnum moss storage room, something unwanted, and aggressive enough to take her choker from her neck, leave them both with moss clinging to their hair -- something to cause us to hear one wild scream from Heliose.

Edward's jealousy of Fraser's friendship with the beautiful Frenchwoman is a child's jealousy. Edward tries to push Fraser to the side; he vies with his son for Heloise's attention, and by his boorish, childlike actions, he opens himself to her public ridicule of him at table.

Colin Firth has one of his best roles here. He allows us to see a man with so many warring degrees of character - kindness and cruelty, foolishness and intelligence. And the man is funny too. There is a scene where he attempts to tell the facts of life to Fraser that is priceless. A perfect place for the stammer.

For the Firth fans of us, he is rugged of face and the liquid brown eyes have never been more expressive. There is one particular scene where you could drown in them! He is trim of body, walks the walk all over the heather, wears clothes to die for. There is one suit that he wore for hunting that I loved - dark brown with knickers, and with the most fetching brown slouch hat. And that Scottish accent! Divine!

Best of all, is a scene in pajamas, alone by the fire, the light playing on his face, his head back, a bit of suprasternal notch showing. Sighs were heard all up and down our row.

Yes, I liked it. Everyone was excellent in it. I particularly loved Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio's sweet expressive face, and her singing voice is lovely. Robert Burns never sounded more haunting or romantic. McDowell was hard edged, not a likeable man, but one that loved his mother very much -- and his young wife. You could especially see that when Edward taunts him in the climatic scene. Young Fraser is a natural, and I thought his discoveries in his grandfather's attic, and his obsession with "sins of the flesh," very real for a bright ten year old in 1920 who was never told any of the things he really wanted to know. The Louie Armstrong/jazz/cigar/brandy snifter scene shown in the trailer becomes much sweeter and sadder when you see the film. There is an extra ingredient that makes it so.

I wanted to be a guest in that house where smokes billows from the lawn, the master rides around in tiny inflatable boats, or tank like vehicles, where lovers waltz in their nightclothes in the rain. Where eccentricity is treated with forbearance -- until Eve enters the scene and changes the family forever.


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