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The Girl (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  16 February 1996 (UK)
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In mid-19th century Yorkshire, Hannah Boyle is left with the family of Matthew Thornton, the man her dying mother claims fathered her. Ill-treated by Thornton's bitter and vindictive wife ... See full summary »

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Hannah Boyle (as Siobhan Flynn)
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Ned Ridley
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Fred Loam
Susan Jameson ...
Mrs. Daisy Loam
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Anne Thornton
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Kerry Angus ...
Dickinson
David Auker ...
Walters
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Young Margaret
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John Thornton
Jon Croft ...
Mr. Beaumont
Denny Ferguson ...
Dapper Man
Scott Frazer ...
Dandy Smollett
James Garbutt ...
Grandad
Donald Gee ...
Reverend Crewe
Daphne Goddard ...
Miss Barrington
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In mid-19th century Yorkshire, Hannah Boyle is left with the family of Matthew Thornton, the man her dying mother claims fathered her. Ill-treated by Thornton's bitter and vindictive wife Anne, who views Hannah only as evidence of her husband's infidelity, she is married off to the village butcher, whose waspish mother torments her further. But through her patience, intelligence and strength, she wins her freedom and the man she loves. Written by Debbie Vanderwerff

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Winning and heartfelt
3 April 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The story of Hannah's journey in a mid-1850's North England village is compelling and heartfelt. The acting is top notch, and the scenery and production are beautiful. While it is a period piece, it never feels "costumey" - the dirt and hardscrabble lives of the time are allowed to show. Particularly good in the outstanding cast is Jonathan Cake as Ned. Pick up the DVD, sit back and enjoy.


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