Sylvia (2003)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  31 October 2003 (USA)
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Story of the relationship between the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Birkin ...
Alison Bruce ...
Assia Wevill
James Michie
Jeremy Fowlds ...
Mr. Robinson
Professor Thomas
Ted's Cambridge Girlfriend
David Wevill
Theresa Healey ...
3rd Woman at Ted Hughes' Lecture
Liddy Holloway ...
Martha Bergstrom
1st Woman at Ted Hughes' Lecture


In 1956, aspiring American poet Sylvia Plath meets fellow poet Edward Ted Hughes at Cambridge, where she is studying. Enthralled with the genius of his writing, Sylvia falls in love with him even before meeting him, and he quickly falls in love with her. They eventually marry. Sylvia quickly learns that others are also enthralled with her husband, for a combination of his good looks, charisma, fame and success. Sylvia lives in her husband's professional shadow as she tries to eke out her own writing career, which doesn't come as naturally to her as it does to Ted. She also suspects him of chronic infidelity. Both issues affect Sylvia's already fragile emotional state, she who once tried to commit suicide earlier in her life. Through her pain and her anger, she does gain minor success as a writer, with a completed semi-autobiographical novel and a few well received collection of poems. Following, she tries to regain some happiness in her life with Ted, but has an alternate plan if that... Written by Huggo

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Life was too small to contain her...

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ted and Sylvia  »

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Box Office


£7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$58,940 (USA) (17 October 2003)


$12,583 (Hong Kong) (25 June 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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Most of the extras in the opening scenes in Cambridge were, like Sylvia Plath herself, students of the University of Cambridge. See more »


Using the telephone box, Sylvia Plath fails to "press button B" before speaking. See more »


[first lines]
Sylvia: Sometimes I dream the tree, and the tree is my life. One branch is the man I shall marry, and the leaves my children. Another branch is my future as a writer, and each leaf is a poem. Another branch is a good academic career. But as I sit there trying to choose, the leaves bring to turn brown and blow away, until the tree is absolutely bare.
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Referenced in Becoming Bond (2006) See more »

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Life imitating art... or just art?
12 November 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So intense ... Ms. Paltrow does not let your eye leave her from the moment she enters the frame... moment by moment she projects her feelings thoughts... almost painful to watch at times... you almost feel like you are watching Paltrow herself unravel on screen (boat on the ocean. I love Plath and I love Paltrow as Plath... she is heartbreaking and haunting just like the poetry the real Sylvia wrote. She unlike most actresses becomes a character and she became Sylvia Plath.

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