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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 
 
Writing credits
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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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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Unforgettable, 27 April 2008
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

I first saw this as a 3 parter on UK ITV in 1998 and was bowled over by it - imho it's the best ever screen adaptation of any Thomas Hardy novel full stop. Over the years I've seen many films and TV plays adapted from his books many of them very good, but all of them way behind this outstanding LWT (RIP)/ A&E co-production.

Poor, pure and simple country girl gets buffeted by Fate between 2 wealthy men, one essentially bad and the other essentially good, and she nobly suffers all the emotional troubles they bring her. All of the phases of her life as delineated by Hardy are brought out in the screenplay by Ted Whitehead, who did an excellent job in condensing down a long complex novel into a mere 3 hours but still not losing anything of importance. The rosy photography is lovingly and befittingly Constable/Turneresque with so many gorgeous hues and colours of simple rustic scenes and is never rushed - Hardy would surely have approved! The anguished music reflects the emotions at all stages and complements the visual sumptuousness of it all. One very minor niggle was the sometimes sloppy sound dubbing - they presumably had to work to get the accents correct later in the studio. Jason Flemyng as Alec was suitably caddish and young Oliver Milburn was realistically idealistic. But excellent as this was in all departments Justine Waddell was still the best thing about this production: she fitted my idea of tragic Tess perfectly - was she Fated to play her? If you don't crack into a million pieces when she repeatedly whispers "It's too late" to Angel you're made of sterner stuff than me!

If you like Hardy's novels you shouldn't miss this, it's a beautiful, heartbreaking, haunting and vividly memorable version of the tragedy.

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