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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
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
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
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
Bill Darby .... location manager
Teresa Darby .... location manager (as Teresa Hidalgo)
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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Anachronisms: In the very beginning of the series the Admiral refers repeatedly to "His Majesty's Navy" and "His Majesty's Officers". The incident takes place in 1707 when Queen Anne was on the throne.See more »
[on the BBC-TV show "Brains Trust"]
Rupert Gould: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.
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Great movie for its historical and scientific significance, a definite "10"!, 12 July 2000
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

Dec2004 update: I did eventually buy the DVD set, and it is very nice.

"Longitude" is a towering achievement as a movie. Shown in 4 hours on A&E network, I taped it to skip the commercials and was able to watch it in just over 3 hours. I only give ratings of "10" to truly remarkable movies, and this is one. It helps to be a scientist, and to have had a life-long fascination with navigation and timepieces.

The story is historical - the British government passed an act in the early 1700s for a prize of 20,000 Pounds for the first to provide an accurate and practical means of establishing longitude at sea. A Board of Longitude,comprising self-important scientists, would judge when the challenge was met.

John Harrison, a carpenter who understood the sun's apparent movement with the Earth's rotation, figured you could do it with a very accurate clock. He, with help from his son William, did it over a period of about 50 years, and met all conditions with his 4th clock, but the board kept throwing up roadblocks to avoid giving the award to someone who was not a scientist but a mere "carpenter." Finally, when Harrison was 80, ironically in the year 1776, was given the prize by Parliament. He died only two years later.

The ancient story was interwoven with a WWII-era story of a man, played by Jeremy Irons, who undertook to restore all of Harrison's old clocks, and finally succeeded against similar resistance that Harrison had faced.

If you either are not a scientist, or do not appreciate the magnitude of Harrison's effort, and its contribution to modern navigation, then it is possible that you would find this movie somewhat boring. Do yourself a favor - don't waste your time. For me, it remains one of the absolute best movies I have ever seen, both in significance of the story and the mastery of the acting and direction.

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