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Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)

Bathsheba Everdene, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and is romantically pursued by three very different men.

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (from the novel by), Frederic Raphael (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Christie ... Bathsheba
Terence Stamp ... Sergeant Troy
Peter Finch ... William Boldwood
Alan Bates ... Gabriel Oak
Fiona Walker ... Liddy
Prunella Ransome ... Fanny
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Mrs. Hurst
Paul Dawkins Paul Dawkins ... Henery Fray
Julian Somers Julian Somers ... Jan Coggan
John Barrett ... Joseph Poorgrass
Freddie Jones ... Cainy Ball
Andrew Robertson ... Andrew Randle
Brian Rawlinson Brian Rawlinson ... Matthew Moon
Vincent Harding ... Mark Clark
Victor Stone Victor Stone ... Billy Smallbury
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Storyline

Based on Thomas Hardy's nineteenth century novel, Bathsheba Everdene is a willful, passionate girl who is never satisfied with anything less than a man's complete and helpless adoration, and she captures the lives and loves of three very different men: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer, who is captivated by her beauty and proposes marriage; William Boldwood, a prosperous man in his early forties, and a confirmed bachelor; and Sergeant Frank Troy, a handsome, reckless swordsman given to sudden fits of violence. Written by alfiehitchie

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"Zhivago's" Lara meets "Georgy Girl's" guy...in the love story of the year! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lejos del mundanal ruido See more »

Filming Locations:

Abbotsbury, Dorset, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,750,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

DIRECTOR_CAMEO(John Schlesinger): Briefly spotted as an extra in the harvest celebration at about the midway point, before the Intermission. See more »

Goofs

At the wedding party at the end of the film one of the band members is playing a sousaphone, which wasn't invented until around 1893. See more »

Quotes

Bathsheba Everdene: [to her farmhands] There's ten shillings for anyone who wants to stay, and no hard words for anyone who wants to go.
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Alternate Versions

Although the cinema version was uncut all UK video releases were cut by 12 secs by the BBFC to remove a cockfighting scene. The cuts were expanded to 24 secs for the later wide-screen DVD releases. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Bushes and Briars
Traditional folk song (adapted by Richard Rodney Bennett)
Sung by Julie Christie (dubbed by Isla Cameron)
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An excellent story about relationship choices we make in life.
9 February 1999 | by JGCSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie in 1968 when I was 14 as an assignment for school. The other day I saw it again late one Saturday night on my local PBS station. I remembered how entranced I was in the mood and the music, and that was still the same now. The movie was nominated for a Golden Globe as best picture(drama) and it won for best score.

But after living for 30 years I really see it as a great story about the relationship choices we make in life. It really made me reflect on my own choices in life.

The main character is played by Julie Christy age 26, who is the owner of a sheep farm in England. She is very beautiful and more than one man is in love with her. I won't say which man she marries but even after the movie was over I felt perplexed as to any one right outcome. That we all make choices at different times in our lives and sometimes the reasons are the same and sometimes they are different. Sometimes we make emotional choices and sometimes intellectual ones. But they are all choices we have to live with.


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