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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bathsheba
... Sergeant Troy
... William Boldwood
... Gabriel Oak
... Liddy
... Fanny
Alison Leggatt ... Mrs. Hurst
Paul Dawkins ... Henery Fray
Julian Somers ... Jan Coggan
... Joseph Poorgrass
... Cainy Ball
... Andrew Randle
Brian Rawlinson ... Matthew Moon
... Mark Clark
Victor Stone ... Billy Smallbury
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Based on Thomas Hardy's 19th 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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All the violent beauty of Thomas Hardy's immortal love story! See more »

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18 October 1967 (USA)  »

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One of three cinema movie collaborations of actor Alan Bates and actress Julie Christie. Each production was made in a subsequent decade i.e. there was one each from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The films are Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) (the first), The Go-Between (1971) (the second), and The Return of the Soldier (1982) (the third and final). See more »

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The Valentine's Day greeting card that Bathsheba sends to Mr. Boldwood is of a contemporary 1960s style. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Poorgrass: [Very drunk] Well, I got a slight attack of the multiplying eye.
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Referenced in The Vicar of Dibley: The Vicar in White (2007) See more »

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The Drunkard Song (There Is a Tavern in the Town)
(ca 1883) (uncredited)
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Played by the band at the circus
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An excellent story about relationship choices we make in life.
9 February 1999 | by See 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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