North & South (2004)

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North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.

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 Margaret Hale (4 episodes, 2004)
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 John Thornton (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Richard Hale (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Hannah Thornton (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Nicholas Higgins (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Bessy Higgins (4 episodes, 2004)
Jo Joyner ...
 Fanny Thornton (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Dixon (4 episodes, 2004)
Kay Lyon ...
 Mary Higgins (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Maria Hale (4 episodes, 2004)
Brian Protheroe ...
 Mr. Bell (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Frederick Hale (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Henry Lennox (3 episodes, 2004)
Emma Ferguson ...
 Edith Shaw Lennox (3 episodes, 2004)
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 John Boucher (3 episodes, 2004)
Jane Booker ...
 Mrs. Shaw (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Ann Latimer (3 episodes, 2004)
Tom Charnock ...
 Williams (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Mr. Watson (3 episodes, 2004)
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 Capt. Maxwell Lennox (3 episodes, 2004)
Caroline Pegg ...
 Mrs. Boucher (3 episodes, 2004)
Will Tacey ...
 Mr. Latimer (3 episodes, 2004)
David Crellin ...
 Mr. Slickson (2 episodes, 2004)
Shaun Hennessey ...
 Mr. Henderson (2 episodes, 2004)
Frank Lauder ...
 Stephens (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Henderson Worker (2 episodes, 2004)
Ian McHale ...
 Stone (2 episodes, 2004)
Martin Walsh ...
 Mr. Hamper (2 episodes, 2004)
Spencer Wild ...
 Tom Boucher (2 episodes, 2004)
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This series operates on many levels. At the heart of the series is the tempestuous relationship between Margaret Hale, a young woman from a southern middle class family who finds herself uprooted to the north, and John Thornton, a formerly poverty-stricken cotton mill owner terrified of losing the viability of his business. Around them are class struggles between the workers and mill owners and ideological struggles between the industrial North and the agrarian South. After moving North, Margaret's father befriends his student Mr. Thornton. Margaret has already formed her opinion of Mr. Thornton independently after seeing him treat his workers harshly. As the series progresses, she and we the audience begin to learn that his strict treatment is due to an overarching concern for his mill and by extension, his employees. John Thornton, on the other hand, is attracted to Margaret's independence and position in society as a well-educated Southerner. As in "Pride and Prejudice" the ... Written by Anonymous

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North & South was surprisingly well received by audiences. The BBC, who had low expectations for the series, didn't publicize the series to a wider audience. They were surprised when only hours after the airing of the first episode the message board on BBC crashed down and had to be shut down due to the large number of visitors. Subsequently, the DVD was released on 11 April 2005 due to the huge success. See more »

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When Thornton walks out after talking in the street with Mr Bell, Miss Hale, and the Lattimers, Miss Lattimer disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

John Thornton: Was... was it Miss Hale who told you to come to me? You might have said.
Nicholas Higgins: And you've have been a little more civil?
John Thornton: [Thornton glares at him and leaves]
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simply excellent
11 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Excellent rendition of Elizabeth Gaskells book.

The production is authentic - set in an impressive, historic working mill - with Edinburgh filling in for Manchester (Milton). The camera work is fluid and modern, and the story is told easily, not stilted, like some period dramas.

The acting is superb - the lead characters John and Hannah Thornton, Margaret Hale, and union man Nicholas Higgins are so natural that you forget that you are watching a movie, and get simply enthralled in their story. The supporting characters are also strong making this an unexpected gem of a movie.

Some of the dialog is taken directly from the book; some scenes are new but feel authentic. Overall I think that the story is very well told - the story of owner vs. worker in the industrial revolution - as well as an unexpected romance between social classes.


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