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The Secret Garden (1993)

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A young, recently-orphaned girl is sent to England after living in India all of her life. Once there, she begins to explore her new, seemingly-isolated surroundings, and its secrets.

Director:

Agnieszka Holland

Writers:

Frances Hodgson Burnett (book), Caroline Thompson (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Maberly ... Mary Lennox
Heydon Prowse Heydon Prowse ... Colin Craven
Andrew Knott ... Dickon
Maggie Smith ... Mrs. Medlock
Laura Crossley Laura Crossley ... Martha
John Lynch ... Lord Archibald Craven
Walter Sparrow ... Ben Weatherstaff
Irène Jacob ... Mary's Mother / Lilias Craven (as Irene Jacob)
Frank Baker Frank Baker ... Government Official
Valerie Hill Valerie Hill ... Cook
Andrea Pickering Andrea Pickering ... Betty Butterworth
Peter Moreton ... Will
Arthur Spreckley Arthur Spreckley ... John
Colin Bruce Colin Bruce ... Major Lennox
Parsan Singh Parsan Singh ... Ayah
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Storyline

Living in India, Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly), a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her Uncle Lord Archibald Craven's (John Lynch's) estate. It is a fairly isolated existence and she has to find things to keep herself occupied. She finds sickly young Colin Craven (Heydon Prowse), and a secret garden. Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The timeless tale of a special place where magic, hope, and love grow.

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Theatrical movie debut of Heydon Prowse (Colin Craven). Aside from a few shorts, he hasn't acted in anything ever since. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, while Mary, Dickon and Colin are playing Blind Man's Bluff and Colin discovers his father in the garden with them, the blind fold (which Colin has pulled up on his head like a headband) changes disappears when the camera is looking over Colin's shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Colin: See, that's a picture of my mother.
Mary: Why do you keep a curtain over her?
Colin: My father doesn't like to see it. I don't look like her at all. But *you*, you look like her. She smiles too much.
Mary: Smiles too much? How can anybody smile too much?
Colin: Sometimes I hate her. She died when I was born.
Mary: But I thought she died in her garden.
Colin: Her garden? What garden?
Mary: Oh, just a garden. There are so many of them here.
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Connections

Version of ABC Weekend Specials: The Secret Garden (1994) See more »

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Winter Light
Written by Zbigniew Preisner, Linda Ronstadt, and Eric Kaz
Produced by George Massenburg and Linda Ronstadt
Performed by Linda Ronstadt
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment
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Mesmerizing, beautifully acted family film
27 August 1999 | by Tommy-92See all my reviews

While I have called The Secret Garden a family film, that doesn't mean it's just for children. It is a film for all ages, and sure to be enjoyed by all of them, too. A vivid and affecting film, it's got many things going for it: mesmerizing cinemetography and time-lapse photography, a good music score and script, breathtaking sets, wonderful direction, great acting, even gorgeous flowers! Agneiska Holland does a great job at bringing out all the subtle little points and details in the story and great performances from her young cast, particularly from Kate Maberly as Mary. Heydon Prowse is good, too, as Colin, and so is Maggie Smith as Mrs. Medlock, the frusterated, overprotective housekeeper who seems to be mean, but really is only doing what she thinks best. One of the few films I've seen that I can call perfect with conviction; definitely should be seen and appreciated.


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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,625,583, 15 August 1993

Gross USA:

$31,181,347

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,181,347
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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