A Tale of Two Cities (1989)

TV Mini-Series  |   |  Drama, History, Romance
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 255 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 4 critic

Two men, one an aristocrat and one a drunken lawyer, fall in love with the same woman during the early stages of the French Revolution.

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

What to Watch: "Mad Men"

In the latest installment of "What to Watch", IMDb's TV Editor Melanie McFarland chats with "Mad Men" stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, John Slattery, and series creator Matthew Weiner about the drama's extraordinary legacy, as AMC prepares to air its final seven episodes.

Related News

Anna Massey obituary
| The Guardian - Film News
Anna Massey obituary
| The Guardian - TV News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 04 Jul 2011
 
list image
a list of 25 titles
created 31 Aug 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 20 Jul 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 20 Aug 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Tale of Two Cities (1989– )

A Tale of Two Cities (1989– ) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Tale of Two Cities.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1989  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Martin Chuzzlewit (TV Mini-Series 1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A well loved BBC adaptation of one of Charles Dickens lesser read novels. It revolves around some very greedy and selfish relatives who are all after the failing old Martin Chuzzlewits ... See full summary »

Stars: Emma Chambers, Julia Sawalha, Keith Allen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This stunning adaptation of Dickens' classic tale was captured live from the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End. Although Great Expectations has been adapted for film on two separate ... See full summary »

Director: Graham McLaren
Stars: Jack Ellis, Christopher Ellison, Paula Wilcox
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Timothy Forder
Stars: Gareth Arnold, Gemma Craven, Michelle Evans
Olivia Twist (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

OLIVIA TWIST is set in contemporary times in Stoke-on-Trent, a city once renowned for industrial splendor. Olivia, an orphan from Afghanistan, is on the run and finds shelter with Bob Fagin... See full summary »

Director: Arno Hazebroek
Stars: Martin Alcock, Hannah Belfield, Laura Bodell
Hard Times (TV Mini-Series 1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Stars: Harriet Walter, Bill Paterson, Alan Bates
Short | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A condensed silent film version of the Charles Dickens classic about the French Revolution and its subsequent Reign of Terror.

Director: William Humphrey
Stars: Maurice Costello, Florence Turner, Charles Kent
Our Mutual Friend (TV Mini-Series 1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.

Stars: Paul McGann, Keeley Hawes, Dominic Mafham
David Copperfield (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Director: Peter Medak
Stars: Hugh Dancy, Michael Richards, Eileen Atkins
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Alcoholic lawyer Sydney Carton travels to Paris during the Reign of Terror to rescue French aristocrat Charles Darnay, husband of the woman he loves.

Director: Frank Lloyd
Stars: William Farnum, Jewel Carmen, Charles Clary
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A musical version of Charles Dickens' classic story.

Stars: Michael York, James Barbour, Brandi Burkhardt
David Copperfield (TV Movie 2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Ambrogio Lo Giudice
Stars: Giorgio Pasotti, Maya Sansa, Gianmarco Tognazzi
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Sydney Carton (2 episodes, 1989)
Xavier Deluc ...
 Charles Darnay (2 episodes, 1989)
Serena Gordon ...
 Lucie Manette (2 episodes, 1989)
...
 Jarvis Lorry (2 episodes, 1989)
...
 Dr. Alexandre Manette (2 episodes, 1989)
...
 Miss Pross (2 episodes, 1989)
Kathy Kriegel ...
 Madame Defarge (2 episodes, 1989)
Alfred Lynch ...
 Jerry Cruncher (2 episodes, 1989)
Gérard Klein ...
 Monsieur Defarge (2 episodes, 1989)
...
 Stryver (2 episodes, 1989)
...
 Barsad (2 episodes, 1989)
...
 Le père de Darnay (2 episodes, 1989)
Edit

Storyline

Two men, one an aristocrat and one a drunken lawyer, fall in love with the same woman during the early stages of the French Revolution.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

21 May 1989 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Historia en dos ciudades  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video) | (3 episodes)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of A Tale of Two Cities (1922) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Terrible acting and no clear direction
19 May 2005 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I had to read A Tale of Two Cities for my English class this year, and found it to be not that bad of a read, and it got VERY exciting towards the end. After we finished the book, our class watched this movie...while I had fun watching it because its so terrible at points I couldn't stop laughing, it's really a travesty.

The first problem is that almost all of the acting (perhaps with the exception of Darnay and Dr. Manette) is remarkably terrible. They have hired a whole movie's worth of low budget B-Actors, who simply can't be taken seriously. Their emotions are laughable, they deliver lines terribly, their accents are inconsistent, and they often overact trying to compensate for their own bad acting.

The worst thing is probably the script itself. Since I have read the book I followed the movie very well, but to someone who hasn't, they would be completely lost. The movie never keeps on clear direction or narrative and jumps all over the place spastically. The story is hardly told at all, its almost as if the script is ATOTC highlights strung together into almost 4 hours of hell.

So if you're DESPERATE for a movie version, give it a shot. But terrible acting and terrible script keep this from being all it could be.


5 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Outstanding Sidney Carton wpendleton-506-973239
Discuss A Tale of Two Cities (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?