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Under the Greenwood Tree (2005)

TV Movie  -  Drama | Romance  -  23 April 2006 (USA)
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In this lighthearted romance from Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy, the beautiful new village school teacher is pursued by three suitors: a working-class man, a landowner, and the vicar.

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Liam DeGruchy ...
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Alethea Steven ...
Anne Roebuck
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Geoffrey Day
Sean Arnold ...
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Young educated beauty Fancy Day comes to town to teach school and care for her ailing father. Soon gossip around town turns to who Miss Day will marry. The lead contender is wealthy Mr. Shiner. Fancy however has also caught the attention of poor Dick Dewy and the Parson Maybold. Poor Fancy is also caught in the middle of a feud between the Parson and the former church choir when the Parson introduces a harmonium to provide the church music, effectively usurping the choir, and asks Fancy to play. Written by Kim

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When Fancy is playing the harmonium for the first time in the church, one shot is taken from the former choir place and you can see Dick Dewy standing close to Fancy, although he is supposed to be away. See more »

Quotes

[Dick is furiously chopping wood]
Reuben Dewy: What did that tree ever do to you, Dick Dewy?
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Version of The Greenwood Tree (1929) See more »

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Gee-Ho! Dobbin!
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Keeley is definitely my "Fancy"
28 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Every role Keeley Hawes has tackled has been played to perfection and totally believable, and her performance as "Fancy Day" in "Under the Greenwood Tree" was no exception.

This terrific Ashley Pharoah adaptation brought Thomas Hardy's novel (albeit abridged) and it's wonderful characters and settings to life, and credit must go to director Nicholas Laughland for his careful control, particularly in not allowing the comedy pieces to develop into slapstick. The entire production was superbly acted by a perfectly chosen and brilliant supporting cast.

The music too must not be forgotten. It melded in beautifully at every turn.

One minor criticism I have is the choice of the filming location. Not that I wish to denigrate the island of Jersey (I've been there and it's a beautiful place), but it's not Hardy's "Wessex", but then I suppose there's very little left of England that is. However great credit must go to the production designer Dave Arrowsmith for making us believe it was. (Incidentally I agree wholeheartedly with his exception of ALStubbino's comments. The latter must have been watching a totally different film to everyone else.) The only real downside was that the whole joyous occasion was over too soon. Thankfully I taped it, for this is one to savour.


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