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13 September 1998 (USA) See more »
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A free-spirited yet naive country girl is caught between her wealthy, manipulative "cousin" Alec and the handsome, educated farmer Angel Clare in this Victorian tragedy from novelist Thomas Hardy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Ian Sharp 
 
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Thomas Hardy  novel
Ted Whitehead 

Produced by
Delia Fine .... executive producer
Sally Head .... executive producer
Sarah Wilson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alan Lisk 
 
Cinematography by
Richard Greatrex 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Davies 
 
Production Design by
Gerry Scott 
 
Art Direction by
Mark Kebby 
 
Costume Design by
Les Lansdown 
 
Makeup Department
Kirstin Chalmers .... make-up & hair designer
 
Production Management
Kit Hopkinson .... post-production supervisor
Georgina Lowe .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Grayson .... third assistant director
Cliff Lanning .... first assistant director
Josh Robertson .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Diane Dancklefsen .... stand-by art director
Simon Riley .... props
 
Sound Department
Peter Baldock .... sound editor
Tony Dawe .... production sound mixer
Gillian Dodders .... sound editor
Chris Gurney .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Richard Van Den Bergh .... special effects technician
 
Stunts
Steve Dent .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Bates .... electrician
Pat Garrett .... grip
Tony Haslam .... gaffer
Brad Larner .... focus puller
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natalie Richmond Elvy .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Tom Mayclim .... negative cutting assistant (uncredited)
Vaughn Mullady .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Christine Carter .... choreographer
Karen Fayerty .... unit nurse
Sarah Hayward .... script supervisor
Nicholas Hopkins .... production runner (as Nick Hopkins)
Scott Horan .... assistant location manager
Andrew MacDonald Brown .... location manager
Justin Miller .... assistant accountant
Claudine Sturdy .... production coordinator
Will Tyler .... production accountant
Steve Dent .... horse master (uncredited)
Nik Hedman .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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UK:180 min | USA:180 min | Australia:176 min
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Continuity: When Alec picks the strawberry to give to Tess, he removes it from the plant leaving behind the stalk and leaves. When he places it to her lips, the stalk and leaves have reappeared.See more »
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The visualization of Hardy's imagination, 1 May 2001
Author: Caledonia Twin #1 (a_spackman@hotmail.com) from E. Broadway, Manhattan

If I may be so bold, I would say that this particular adaptation of Tess of the d'Urbervilles is just what Hardy had in mind when he wrote his masterpiece. However, it's difficult to put into words just why one production works so well. For me, one crucial ingredient was the music. The music in this production is emotive, a bit lively, innocently hedonistic, playful and lilting, but with a definite, bittersweet note illustrating the transient glory and ups and downs of Tess' too brief, and unfortunately, mostly tragic life. The beautiful Justine Waddell plays the role of Tess with great talent and simple dignity. In particular, I liked the scene in which she says there's no point learning about history only to discover that there have been countless other people like her in the past living through the same kind of drudgery. Oliver Milburn, who played Angel Clare, brings a new kind of skeptical optimism to the role not as apparent in Peter Firth's portrayal back in 1979. Milburn seems more angelic and innocent and innocuous in manner, posture, appearance, and in facial expression. He is open and appealing, very easily seducing the heart of Tess in spite of her reservations. His treatment of her when he has discovered her secret seems all the more callous and tragic for his previous admiration and light-hearted demeanor. But kudos must go to the directors and cinematographers of this production. From the opening scene of the maidens dancing in the field, the visual shots in this film are rich in beauty and light, at least when all is well. Even the drear scenes to come are depicted with absolute visual integrity and adhere faithfully to Hardy's vision and eloquent natural language. In particular, I like the fact that in this film, the last scene at Stonehenge has been more accurately portrayed from the book than in the previous version, 1979's "Tess". (Ie. the atheistic comments have not been censored out when Tess mourns with despair that Angel and she will never meet again.) All in all, this film is worth every moment watching. Not only are the dialogues delightful and the themes intriguing, but many will be captivated simply by the glorious scenery and by the beauty and demeure grace of Tess herself. My rating: 10/10

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