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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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Taglines:

Her romance with three men becomes a bold adventure [UK theatrical] 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Future Fairport Convention band member Dave Swarbrick can be seen playing a fiddle during the barn dance scene. 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

Boy practicing prayer on way to church walking near Bathsheba as she is waking up in the woods.: Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness. And put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life... Author: The Revd Dr Peter Toon, The Book of the Common Prayer 1549. For the four weeks of Advent.
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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

Referenced in A Profile of 'A Town Like Alice' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Can-Can
(1858) (uncredited)
from "Orphée aux enfers"
Written by Jacques Offenbach
Played by the band at the circus
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Underrated
2 August 2009 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

In this sprawling adaptation of the Hardy novel, a beautiful woman in 19th century English countryside must select a suitor among three men. It has become fashionable to bash this film but it is quite an impressive production. Although she may not be exactly what Hardy had in mind, Christie is radiant as the heroine. The men pursuing her are well played by Finch as a rich landowner, Stamp as a cad, and especially Bates as a poor sheep farmer. Schlesinger's direction is leisurely and meticulous but he sustains interest despite the nearly three-hour length. The cinematography by Roeg is breathtaking and Bennett's score adds a haunting quality to the film.


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