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Thomas Hardy (novel)
Ted Whitehead (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 August 2003 (USA) See more »
At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ciarán Hinds ... Michael Henchard (as Ciaran Hinds)

Juliet Aubrey ... Susan Henchard

Jodhi May ... Elizabeth Jane

James Purefoy ... Donald Farfrae

Polly Walker ... Lucetta Templeman
Darren Hawkes ... Auctioneer

Jean Marsh ... Furmity Woman
Michael Beint ... Coachman

Clive Russell ... Newson
John Surman ... Tent Auctioneer
Susan Jane Tanner ... Staylaces Dealer

Tony Haygarth ... Solomon Longways

David Bradley ... Councillor Vatt
Richard Moore ... Councillor Chalkfield
Elliot Head ... Waiter

Annette Badland ... Mrs. Stannidge

Trevor Peacock ... Christopher Coney

Judy Cornwell ... Mother Cuxsom
Sophie Stanton ... Nance Mockridge

Henry Goodman ... Joshua Jopp

Ben Crompton ... Abel Whittle
James Walker ... Priest
Victoria Byrne ... Lucetta's maid

Karl Johnson ... Fall

David Calder ... Grower

Alan Williams ... Stubberd
Michael Cronin ... Senior Commissioner
Alex Kelly ... Maid
Tim Treslove ... Wagon Driver
Stephanie Jacob ... Woman in Wagon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dominick Swift ... Wedding guest, dancer

Directed by
David Thacker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thomas Hardy  novel
Ted Whitehead  screenplay

Produced by
Delia Fine .... executive producer: A&E Network
Sally Head .... executive producer
Georgina Lowe .... producer
Original Music by
Adrian Johnston 
Cinematography by
Ivan Strasburg 
Film Editing by
St. John O'Rorke 
Casting by
Jill Trevellick 
Production Design by
Bruce Macadie 
Art Direction by
Emma MacDevitt  (as Emma Mac Devitt)
Patrick Rolfe 
Costume Design by
Lyn Avery 
Makeup Department
Marilyn MacDonald .... hair designer
Marilyn MacDonald .... makeup designer
Lisa Pickering .... makeup artist
Jacqueline Russon .... assistant makeup artist
Jacqueline Russon .... hair stylist
Karen Sherriff-Brown .... makeup artist (as Karen Sheriff-Brown)
Production Management
Phil Brown .... post-production supervisor
Claudine Sturdy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Grumett .... third assistant director
Charlie Leech .... first assistant director
Toni Staples .... second assistant director
Art Department
Peter Burden .... dressing props
Will Cann .... stand-by props (as William Cann)
Malcolm Chilcott .... painter
Kevin Fleet .... carpenter
Sara Grimshaw .... production buyer
Campbell Mitchell .... props
Tom Pleydell-Pearce .... property master
Nigel Salter .... dressing props
Tony Tarquini .... stand-by carpenter
Sound Department
Michael Corden .... sound editor
Julian Dodwell .... sound editor
Tim Fraser .... sound mixer
Gary McIntyre .... dialogue editor
Gary McIntyre .... sound editor
Lee Taylor .... dubbing mixer
William Towers .... boom operator (as Will Towers)
Special Effects by
Casper Lailey .... special effects lead technician
Ken Lailey .... special effects supervisor
Alastair Vardy .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Robin Beard .... digital effects artist
Simon Frame .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Brierley .... focus puller
Peter Chester .... best boy
Paul Hatchman .... grip
Keegan O'Neill .... clapper loader
Jay Jay Odedra .... focus puller (as Jay J. Odedra)
Eddie Pearce .... rigger
Robert Rabson .... electrician
Andrew Taylor .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melissa Cook .... wardrobe assistant
Peter Halston .... costume design assistant
Carole K. Millar .... wardrobe assistant (as Carole Millar)
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... colorist
Jackie Ophir .... assistant editor
Location Management
Hugh Gourlay .... location manager
Caroline Lloyd-Price .... location unit manager
Mark Mostyn .... location manager
Music Department
Terry Davies .... conductor
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Bruce White .... viola
Transportation Department
Richard Watkins .... facilities captain
Ian Yea .... costume driver
Other crew
Gwenda Bagshaw .... script executive
Philippa Brockway .... publicist
Irene Chawko .... script supervisor
Karen Fayerty .... unit nurse
John Howard .... production executive
Lesley Hutchison .... movement director
Anya Keith .... floor runner
Justin Miller .... assistant accountant
Jeanette Nelson .... voice coach (as Jeannette Nelson)
Simon Nixon .... production assistant
Emma Pike .... production coordinator
Devora Pope .... script editor
Sarah Simpson .... production executive
Will Tyler .... production accountant

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196 min (2 parts)
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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Incredible!, 12 August 2004
Author: sammy from england

Ok, I admit that although I like period dramas, and enjoy Thomas Hardy's novels, the sole reason I rented this film was James Purefoy. I expected to spend a couple of hours "enjoying the scenery" as it were, but not much more. What I got instead was a heart-breaking tale, powerfully delivered by an all-round excellent cast.

Michael Henchard is a very complex character, delivered masterfully by Ciaran Hinds. At times you loathe him, in the next scene he will break your heart. The impression that the pain this man is feeling is real, is at times so strong that I must confess to the occasional tear. I do not often get emotional when watching a film, but this was certainly an exception. Definitely not "light" entertainment, this is one to be watched when you are willing to give yourself over to the story, not to watch out of the corner of your eye while catching up on your e-mail...

As for James Purefoy...? What can I say? He delivered a performance above even what I expected. The barn scene in one that will haunt my dreams from this day forth!

Watch it! You won't be disappointed.

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