Wives and Daughters (1999)

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The daughter of a country doctor copes with an unwanted stepmother, an impetuous stepsister, burdensome secrets, the town gossips, and the tug on her own heartstrings for a man who thinks of her only as a friend.

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 Hyacinth Gibson (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Molly Gibson (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Mr. Gibson (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Cynthia Kirkpatrick (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Miss Phoebe (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Miss Browning (4 episodes, 1999)
Emily McKenzie ...
 Maria (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Mr. Preston (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Osborne Hamley (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Roger Hamley (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Squire Hamley (4 episodes, 1999)
Ian Carmichael ...
 Lord Cumnor (3 episodes, 1999)
Tonia Chauvet ...
 Aimée (3 episodes, 1999)
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
 Mrs. Goodenough (3 episodes, 1999)
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ...
 Lady Cumnor (3 episodes, 1999)
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 Robinson (3 episodes, 1999)
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 Lady Harriet Cumnor (3 episodes, 1999)
Shaughan Seymour ...
 Lord Hollingford (3 episodes, 1999)
Fred Pearson ...
 Mr. Sheepshanks / ... (3 episodes, 1999)
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 Mr. Coxe (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Lizzie Goodenough (2 episodes, 1999)
Georgie Glen ...
 Miss Hornblower (2 episodes, 1999)
Jacqueline Pilton ...
 Mrs. Dawes (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Mr. Henderson (2 episodes, 1999)
Roddy Maude-Roxby ...
 St. Hilaire (2 episodes, 1999)
Dariel Pertwee ...
 Lady Cuxhaven (2 episodes, 1999)
Ben Illis ...
 Mr. Wynne (2 episodes, 1999)
Gordon Gostelow ...
 Williams (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Mrs. Hamley (2 episodes, 1999)
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For many years, young Molly Gibson had lived a blissful sheltered life with her widower father. However, her world is shaken with the introduction of new acquaintances and situations. Molly becomes friends with a landed gentry family, which includes two brothers with very different temperaments. Meanwhile, her father marries a widow with a daughter close in age to Molly. Eventually, Molly becomes a trusted confidante for her new friends and family; but the secrets become burdensome, as the gossip begins to circulate about Molly herself. Written by L. Hamre

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Esposas e hijas  »

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The plum-colored caped coat and matching hat Barbara Leigh-Hunt (Lady Cumnor) wears to visit the Gibsons is the same costume Claire Skinner (Fanny Dashwood) wears to travel to Norland in Sense & Sensibility (2008). The hat is also worn in Byron (2003) by an extra at the London party where Byron meets Annabella Milbanke. See more »

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Lord Cumnor: I'm sorry I said anything about it now. I'll try to find a more agreeable piece of news.
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Lord Cumnor: Old Marjorie at the lodge is dead.
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Splendid
17 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A treasure, really. I enjoy films portraying this period, but this is above all my favorite. The acting is incredibly touching. I was in awe with the portrayal of the story throughout its entirety.

Waddell portrayed the character of Molly so well, it made me ache for her. Her obvious childishness throughout the movie makes her eventual development so much more satisfying. She is one of the best dynamic characters I have seen on film. Paterson is all at once likable, firm, loving to his daughter, annoying, and trustworthy. Truly a real characters, full of depth, intricacies, and idiosyncrasies.

This movie reads like an excellent, cozy book. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys excellent acting and reading fine literature.


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