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Longitude -- In the 18th Century, John Harrison tried to make a clock that would work at sea, thus solving the problem of finding longitude.


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2 January 2000 (UK) See more »
Parallel stories: 18th century Harrison builds the marine chronometer for safe navigation at sea; 20th century Gould is obsessed with restoring it. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jonathan Coy ... Adm. Sir Cloudsley Shovell
Christopher Hodsol ... Capt. Ainsley

Jeremy Irons ... Rupert Gould

Peter Cartwright ... Army Doctor

Gemma Jones ... Elizabeth Harrison
John Nettleton ... Minister for the Navy

Michael Gambon ... John Harrison

Nigel Davenport ... Sir Charles Pelham
Liam Jennings ... Young William Harrison

Anna Chancellor ... Muriel Gould

Frank Finlay ... Adm. Wagner
Geoffrey Hutchings ... Estate Manager

Andrew Scott ... John Campbell

John Standing ... Capt. Proctor

John Wood ... Sir Edmund Halley
David Wood ... Ditton

Mark Tandy ... Whiston

Stephen Fry ... Sir Kenelm Digby

Samuel West ... Nevil Maskelyne
Robert Demeger ... Observatory Porter

Ian McNeice ... Dr. Bliss

Sophie Millett ... Dyson's Secretary

Bill Nighy ... Lord Sandwich

Brian Cox ... Lord Morton

Peter Vaughan ... George Graham
Sarah Badel ... Society Lady

Clive Francis ... Capt. Digges

Alec McCowen ... Sir Frank Dyson

Tim McInnerny ... Christopher Irwin
Stephen Simms ... James Harrison

Lucy Akhurst ... Nurse Grace Ingram

Cliff Parisi ... Lt. Draper

Rupert Baker ... Lt. Bertie

Charles Gray ... Adm. Balchen
Trevor Cooper ... Roger Wills
William Scott-Masson ... Lt. Knorvler

William Thomas ... Arthur Mason

Ian Burfield ... Jos Killick
John Quentin ... Dr. Bradley
Alfred Burke ... Rear Admiral

Michael Cochrane ... Waddington

Ian Hart ... William Harrison
John Leeson ... BBC Radio Producer
Nick Reding ... Capt. Campbell
Peter Penry-Jones ... Surgeon

Charles Edwards ... Lt. Seward

Gary Waldhorn ... Commdre. Forrest

Frederick Warder ... Bosun
Sasha Hails ... BBC PA
John Normington ... Mr. Greene

Pip Torrens ... Capt. Lindsay
Frederick Treves ... Governor
Rebecca Clay ... Observatory Assistant

Richard Janes ... Young Assistant
Faith Kent ... Lady Curator

Nicholas Rowe ... King George

Heike Makatsch ... Queen Charlotte

John Quayle ... Dr. Demainbray
James Bradshaw ... Callboy

T.P. McKenna ... Edmund Burke
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kelvin Cook ... Carpenter
Peter-Hugo Daly ... John Jefferies (as Peter Hugo Daly)
Eliza Darby ... Portugese Child

Duane Fierro ... Naval Captain

Daniela Lavender ... Courtesan

Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Dodo Gould (as Barbara Leigh Hunt)

Roger Lloyd Pack ... Capt. Man
Christopher Longman ... Lt. Chester
Gavin Molloy ... Marine

Clare Lawrence Moody ... Staff Nurse (as Clare Moody)

Daragh O'Malley ... Capt. Bourke (also as Darragh O'Malley)
Mathew Whyman ... Naval Officer
Rebekah Woodhouse ... Queen's Nanny
Steven Alvey ... Learmouth (uncredited)
David Cheesman ... Clock Box Carrier (1 of 4) (uncredited)
Joel French ... WW1 Soldier (uncredited)
Kevin Hudson ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Matt Humphrey ... Sailor (uncredited)
Lara Imogen ... Blonde Girl (uncredited)
Ben Jones ... Lt. Williams (uncredited)
Emma Kay ... Laura Gurney (uncredited)
Rose Keegan ... Amy (uncredited)
Kristen Lippincott ... Narrator (uncredited)
Clare McCarron ... Nurse (uncredited)
Colin McCormack ... Inn Landlord (uncredited)

Tobias Menzies ... Halley's Secretary (uncredited)

Steve Morphew ... Marine (uncredited)
Hugh Simon ... Doctor (uncredited)
Joe Williams ... Cecil Gould (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Sturridge 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dava Sobel  book
Charles Sturridge 

Produced by
Pippa Cross .... executive producer
Delia Fine .... executive producer: A&E
Catriona McKenzie .... commissioning editor
Selwyn Roberts .... producer
Antony Root .... executive producer
Kris Slava .... supervising producer: A&E
Original Music by
Geoffrey Burgon 
Cinematography by
Peter Hannan 
Film Editing by
Peter Coulson 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
Eileen Diss 
Chris Lowe 
Costume Design by
Shirley Russell 
Makeup Department
Helen Barrett .... makeup artist
Christine Beveridge .... chief hair stylist (as Chrissie Beveridge)
Christine Beveridge .... key makeup artist (as Chrissie Beveridge)
Demelza Rogers .... hair stylist
Demelza Rogers .... makeup artist
Loulia Sheppard .... hair stylist
Loulia Sheppard .... wig stylist
Gemma Waugh .... make-up artist: dailies
Jeremy Woodhead .... makeup artist
Production Management
J. Rainey .... production manager: Antigua unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Duthie .... first assistant director
Mike Hanley .... third assistant director
Candy Marlowe .... crowd second assistant director
Selwyn Roberts .... second unit director
Beni Turkson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robert Brown .... construction manager
Kelvin Cook .... props
Colin Ellis .... dressing prop
James Fennessy .... painter
James Foster .... assistant art director
John Greaves .... storyboard artist
Philippa Hart .... set dresser
Dougie Lankston .... props
Graham Mitchell .... carpenter
Mitch Niclas .... stand-by props
Allen J. Polley .... property master (as Allen Polley)
Mark Rimmell .... production buyer
Matthew Robinson .... assistant art director
Remo Tozzi .... set designer
Paul Turner .... stand-by props
Stuart Watson .... construction manager
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist
Philip Barnes .... digital sound editor (as Phil Barnes)
Orin Beaton .... boom operator
Ben Brazier .... sound editor
Kevin Brazier .... digital sound editor
Robert Brazier .... additional foley mixer
Kent Gibson .... sound designer
Kent Gibson .... sound supervisor
Paul Golding .... sound recording engineer
Stephen Griffiths .... digital sound editor
Dave Humphries .... sound re-recording mixer
John Rodda .... sound recordist
Alan Sallabank .... sound re-recording mixer
Trevor Swanscott .... adr mixer
Trevor Swanscott .... foley mixer
Special Effects by
Ben Broadbridge .... special effects crew
Mark Holt .... special effects supervisor
Garth Inns .... special effects senior technician
Jeremy Lovett .... special effects senior technician: model unit
Mark Roberts .... special effects technician: model unit
Jody Taylor .... special effects technician
Alexander Gunn .... special effects senior technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
William Bartlett .... visual effects supervisor
Roy Field .... director of photography: model unit
Martin Gutteridge .... model effects supervisor
Sharon Lock .... digital effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
David Broadfoot .... standby rigger
Eddie Collins .... director of photography: second unit
Danny Espey .... practical electrician
Mark Evans .... gaffer: second unit
Mark Evans .... second unit
John Ferguson .... focus puller
Gary Hymns .... grip
Peter Lamb .... rigging gaffer
Adam Lee .... electrician
Oliver Loncraine .... clapper loader
Brian Martin .... best boy
Simon Mein .... still photographer
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Chris Pinnock .... director of photography: second unit
Sean Savage .... camera operator
Simon Werry .... aerial cameraman
Glyn Williams .... assistant camera: second unit (as J. Glyn Williams)
Micky Wilson .... electrical gaffer
Casting Department
Alex Johnson .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Allan Hay .... costumer
Rosemary Lis .... costume assistant
Gerald Moulin .... wardrobe assistant
Richard Pointing .... costume supervisor
Pat Williamson .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Matthew Briggs .... assembly editor
Adam Green .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Bill Darby .... location manager
Teresa Darby .... location manager (as Teresa Hidalgo)
Music Department
Geoffrey Burgon .... conductor
Paul Golding .... music scoring engineer
Lewis Jones .... assistant music engineer
Other crew
Tessa Beazley .... production secretary
Jonathan Betts .... advisor: Rupert Gould
R.H. Davies .... marine coordinator (as Robin Davies)
John Edger .... advisor: watches and clocks
Philippa Hart .... researcher
Kathy Hughes .... script supervisor
Andrew King .... advisor: Harrison clock
Andrew MacLean .... assistant accountant
Jon Miller .... assistant accountant
Tony Miller .... production accountant
Clare Saxby .... script editor
Bill Shephard .... producer: Antigua
Nathalie Tanner .... production coordinator (as Nathalie Tanner)
Steve Morphew .... stand-in (uncredited)

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250 min (2 parts) | USA:200 min
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When on his sea voyage, John Harrison gives an elegant and clear explanation of longitude to the crew of the ship, and later he makes short and clear remarks to the Board of Longitude. In reality, Harrison was very well known for his inability to express himself clearly and this was one of the reasons for his problems with the Longitude Committee.See more »
[A rival timekeeping strategy]
Sir Kenhelm Digby:Now, it is vital to my process, Sir Edmund, that each dog be wounded with the *same knife*, as these three animals have been, under my instructions, some three days ago. Now, the animals are then to be conveyed aboard one of His Majesty's ships, uh, under the supervision of a designated officer...
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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Separated by Time, United By Fate, 26 October 2000
Author: degracia from University of Texas

A&E's "Longitude" is perhaps the most emotionally compelling, made for TV dramas yet. I was so impressed when I first saw Longitude on A&E that I had to buy it on DVD the minute it came out. A highly realistic, fully drawn out, historical drama of how one man's dream tamed time and space, "Longitude" strikes home with its all-star cast (including Jeremy Irons and Micheal Gambon) and two-part storyline. The first story is that of a carpenter, John Harrison, who struggled for almost 50 years to perfect a "practical and useful" marine chronometer. The second story revolves around Commander Rupert Gould, a man who discovers Harrison's forgotten prototypes and fights to not only restore the timepieces but to also restore the honor of Harrison.

"Longitude" is filled with tons of edge-of-your-seat, gritty scenes, and every second of the 200-minute film glows with a profound message. The ending scene is especially powerful, in which Rupert Gould remarks, "What makes a man great? A man may be great in his aims, or in his achievements, or in both...but I think that man is truly great who makes the world his debtor..who does something for the world which the world needs, and which nobody before him has done or known how to do."

Definitely a great educational film to watch, and an excellent film to own. "Longitude" is an unforgettable experience and a demonstration of just how good a movie can be.

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