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Willard Carroll (screenplay)
Philippa Pearce (novel)
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Release Date:
2 July 1999 (Italy) See more »
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It was a special time... and a special place
Plot:
Young Tom Long is forced to stay with his kindly Aunt and Uncle while his brother recovers from a bout of the measles... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Passable adaptation of the novel See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Nigel Le Vaillant ... Thomas Long (adult)
Marlene Sidaway ... Doris Schuster
Serena Gordon ... Melody Long
Alfie Lawrence ... Harriet Long
Mel Martin ... Alice Long

Greta Scacchi ... Aunt Gwen Kitson

James Wilby ... Uncle Alan Kitson
Anthony Way ... Tom Long
Nick Robinson ... Peter Long
Liz Smith ... Mrs. Willows
Arlene Cockburn ... Susan the Maid
Tom Bowles ... Mr. Ferguson

Joan Plowright ... Mrs. Bartholomew

David Bradley ... Abel

Stuart Piper ... Hubert

Guy Witcher ... Edgar
Rory Jennings ... James (12 years)
Florence Hoath ... Hatty (12 / 13 years)

Penelope Wilton ... Aunt Melbourne
Laurel Melsom ... Youngest Hatty

Noah Huntley ... James (20 years)

Caroline Carver ... Hatty (young woman)
Daniel Betts ... Barty
Robert Putt ... Tower Keeper
Arthur Cox ... Mr. Batsford

Directed by
Willard Carroll 
 
Writing credits
Willard Carroll (screenplay)

Philippa Pearce (novel)

Produced by
Nick De Grunwald .... co-producer
Eva Redfern .... co-producer
Charles Salmon .... producer
Adam Shapiro .... producer
Yukio Sonoyama .... executive producer
Marie Vine .... executive producer
Thomas L. Wilhite .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Debbie Wiseman 
 
Cinematography by
Gavin Finney (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Les Healey 
 
Casting by
Joyce Nettles 
 
Production Design by
James Merifield 
 
Art Direction by
Justin Warburton-Brown 
 
Costume Design by
Deirdre Clancy 
 
Makeup Department
Roseann Samuel .... key hair stylist
Roseann Samuel .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kurt Albrecht .... executive in charge of production
Kelly Howard-Garde .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kate Hazell .... assistant director
Matthew Penry-Davey .... assistant director
John Watson .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mike Cuddy .... props storeman
Brian Neighbour .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist
Chinna Boapeah .... boom operator
Kevin Brazier .... sound editor
Roger Dobson .... dialogue editor
John Fewell .... foley artist
Stephen Griffiths .... sound effects editor
Dave Humphries .... dubbing mixer
George Richards .... sound recordist
Trevor Swanscott .... foley mixer
 
Special Effects by
Dave Crownshaw .... snow effects supervisor
Casper Lailey .... special effects technician
Ken Lailey .... special effects supervisor
John Mason .... snow effects technician
Alastair Vardy .... special effects technician
Mark E. Raymond .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Sarah Marchant .... Inferno artist
Paul Round .... Inferno artist
David Sewell .... visual effects artist
Trevor Young .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Dempsey .... camera trainee: second unit
Mary Kyte .... first assistant camera
Lee Walters .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charlotte Bird .... wardrobe supervisor
Elvis Davis .... key set costumer
Fiona McCann .... costume assistant
 
Music Department
Dick Lewzey .... music recordist
Perry Montague Mason .... orchestra leader (as Perry Montague-Mason)
Justin Pearson .... music coordinator: strings
Debbie Wiseman .... conductor
Debbie Wiseman .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Charlotte Farrar .... assistant accountant
Casper Mills .... location manager (as Casper Mill)
Claire Peberdy .... production assistant
Penny Perry .... production coordinator
June Randall .... script supervisor
Janet Willis .... chaperone to Mr Way
 

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107 min | UK:92 min
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[talking about Hatty]
James:Why do you hate her so much?
Aunt Melbourne:I hate her because it's so easy for the rest of you to love her.
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Version of "Tom's Midnight Garden" (1989)See more »
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Passable adaptation of the novel, 13 September 2013
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN, the late '90s adaptation of a classic children's novel of the 1950s written by Philippa Pearce, is a passable slice of entertainment that has both good and bad elements to recommend it. While it's entertaining enough as the story progresses, I couldn't help being disappointed in its failure to capture the magical qualities of the written story, which make it one of my favourite children's books of all time.

One of the problems is writer/director Willard Carroll's Americanisation of the material. This is quite subtle for the most part, but Carroll is far too obsessed with cheesy, computer-based special effects over story. Thus we get the ridiculous scene of Tom opening and closing the door and watching the furniture change over and over again, which is as redundant as it is silly. Less effects and tighter storytelling would have been the obvious choice here.

Still, the film looks the part, and the design of the titular garden is particularly strong. The young actress who plays Hattie gives the best performance in the whole thing, while Prince William-lookalike Anthony Way is adequate as Tom. There's a good eye for the supporting cast, which includes nice, if minor, roles for David Bradley and Liz Smith and an alluring turn from Greta Scacchi.

Sadly I did find that the story started to lose me as it progressed, and the last third is noticeably weaker than the preceding two. It happens when Hattie starts to grow up; scenes which should be poignant and heartbreaking are anything but, and I think that's a problem both with Way's acting and the deficiencies of the script. The added, present-day wraparound material (which wasn't in the book) is also unnecessary and distracting.

For me, the definitive version of the story is the BBC miniseries of 1989, which haunted and spellbound me as a child in equal measure. If only that had a DVD release!

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