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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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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. Shinar. Fancy, however, has also caught the attention of poor Dick Dewy and 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 Day is first introduced to the villagers and Parson Maybold, her hair style changes from a full ponytail to a half ponytail between shots. See more »

Quotes

Parson Maybold: Like beasts of the field, they are facinated when a peacock lives amongst them.
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Version of The Greenwood Tree (1929) See more »

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Lead Us Heavenly Father, Lead Us
Music by Friedrich Filitz
Lyrics by James Edmeston
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Hardy softens for Christmas - much to my joy and relief
27 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I normally approach Hardy adaptations with extreme caution as they have the ability to tarnish the brightest of moods. I read some of the previews and persuaded myself to give it a go. To my joy and astonishment this was a fantastic Christmas treat which the reviewer above clearly failed to understand. Whoever wrote it has clearly no real authority on Hardy whatsoever. The pages of the novel came to light perfectly on the small screen. Hawes was a perfect Ms Day, playing delightfully and genially into the audience's hand. However, for me the performance that stole the show was Pemberton playing a fantastically funny Shiner. He portrayed it with both depth and humour and lit up the screen every time he graced it. The scenery was stunning, the plot had depth and kept me and my family gripped throughout. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone with a warm heart, as it certainly warmed mine.


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