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Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999)

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Somerset, 1958. Eva enters adulthood with good humor, keeping house for her absent-minded father, letting her younger sister Janie in on the secrets of growing up, working at a furniture ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Lees
Mr. Dian
Felix Billson ...
Lauren Richardson ...
Italian Doctor
Signora Caldoni
Freddy Douglas ...
Danny (as Freddie Douglas)
Richie Tongé ...
Nude Model
Harry Selby ...
First Boxer
Juan Thomas ...
Emma Cunniffe ...
Red-Haired Girl


Somerset, 1958. Eva enters adulthood with good humor, keeping house for her absent-minded father, letting her younger sister Janie in on the secrets of growing up, working at a furniture factory, and dreaming of Joseph Lees, her second cousin who's off in Africa and Italy as a geologist, but has lost a leg in an accident. She's also considering the advances of a local farmer, Harry Flite, ebullient and head over heels for Eva. She agrees to live with him and seems happy, then at a family wedding, Joseph appears, she asks him to dance, and her fantasy begins to clash with Harry's obsession. Written by <>

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Even with her eyes wide open, she was...


Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

26 November 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El sueño de Joseph Lees  »

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£2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,680 (USA) (29 October 1999)


$7,680 (USA) (29 October 1999)

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Although set in the English county of Somerset, this was actually made on the Isle of Man. See more »


Written by Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport), Eddie Cooley
Performed by Peggy Lee
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British Drama is Best
1 February 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Again, the Brits show off their capacity for quality adult drama, story lines not dummied down for public consumption, and actors whose ability to shine in roles without special effects, gratuitous nudity, and oversize lips makes this film a viewing delight. Rupert Graves is an actor whose face reflects emotional pain and sensuality in equal amounts. He is a treasure in this film. Stories of human dilema, period costumes, and location interiors add to the brilliant presentation.

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