Foundling Heathcliff is raised by the wealthy Earnshaws in Yorkshire but in later life launches a vendetta against the family.
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 Shepherd Lad 2 episodes, 2009
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 Gypsy Horse Trader 2 episodes, 2009
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 Young Heathcliff 2 episodes, 2009
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 Young Cathy 2 episodes, 2009
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 Young Hindley 2 episodes, 2009
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[PART I] Braving her father Edgar Linton's warning not to cross the estate border, young Catherine discovers her charming, but sickly cousin and the manly Hareton are the heartlessly scorned and abused sons of wealthy Heatcliff on the Earnshaw estate. This launches a flashback how Heathcliff was raised as Cathy's best friend by her kind father, Mr. Earnshaw. After his death, the son and heir returns from boarding school, married, and reduces Heathcliff to the rank of stable boy, enduring constant abuse in order to remain with Cathy. After an accidental meeting with elegant gentleman Edgar Linton, she falls in love. To Hindley's delight, this drives Heathcliff away. [PART II] Three years later, Heathcliff returns wealthy enough to buy the estate, a day after Cathy married Edgar. He takes revenge, which instead of satisfaction brings misery to all. After Cathy and later Edgar's death, his scorn includes the next generation, which nevertheless finds each-other striving for nobler values. Written by KGF Vissers

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In Emily Brontë's novel Nelly says "But where did he come from, the little dark thing, harboured by a good man to his bane?" in reference to Heathcliff. Interestingly, actor Tom Hardy (Heathcliff) would go on to play a character from DC Comics called Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). See more »

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When Hindly returns from flogging Heathcliff, everyone is seated with drinks in their hands preparing for a meal. At a different camera angle everyone has a plate on their laps. See more »

Quotes

Cathy: Why are you refusing to see me?
Heathcliff: Cause I don't know you. Hindley's right, that little savage is lost and it was her that I loved.
Cathy: I know you. And I love you.
Heathcliff: In the way a mistress loves a servant?
Cathy: No.
Heathcliff: Come away with me then, as we planned. There.
[points to her face]
Heathcliff: It's your pause that betrays you.
Cathy: I'm frightened.
Heathcliff: Of what? Of me? Or poverty?
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Connections

Version of Cumbres borrascosas (1963) See more »

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Symphonies and Fanfares for the King's Supper: Rondeau
(uncredited)
Written by Jean-Joseph Mouret
Performed by Collegium Musicum de Paris
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Beautifully done adaptation of a very complicated book.
8 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

True, it doesn't always follow the overall structure of the novel by Emily Bronte, and there are one or two slow moments. But it is beautifully done, and does a competent job of adapting a truly complicated book to screen. I don't think it is the best adaptation of the book, but it definitely not the worst. The adaptation was lovingly designed with stunning locations and exquisite costumes, and the photography was excellent. The performances were excellent, the two leads Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley were both superb as Heathcliff and Cathy, and Andrew Lincoln and Sarah Lancashire give able support. The scriptwriter Peter Bowker, who wrote the script for the wonderful BBC drama Occupation, does a good job with the dialogue, which was in general well written and well crafted. All in all, as an adaptation it is beautifully done, not always faithful to the novel, but the performances and the visual design compensates. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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