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Wuthering Heights (1970)

G | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 1971 (Italy)
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Doomed lovers Catherine and Heathcliff are torn apart by their own selfishness and hate.

Director:

Robert Fuest

Writers:

Emily Brontë (novel) (as Emily Bronte), Patrick Tilley (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Calder-Marshall ... Cathy Earnshaw
Timothy Dalton ... Heathcliff
Harry Andrews ... Mr. Earnshaw
Pamela Brown Pamela Brown ... Mrs. Linton
Judy Cornwell ... Nellie
James Cossins ... Mr. Linton
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mrs. Earnshaw
Hilary Heath ... Isabella Linton (as Hilary Dwyer)
Julian Glover ... Hindley Earnshaw
Hugh Griffith ... Dr. Kenneth
Morag Hood ... Frances Earnshaw
Ian Ogilvy ... Edgar Linton
Peter Sallis ... Mr. Shielders
Aubrey Woods Aubrey Woods ... Joseph
Wendy Allnutt
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Storyline

The Earnshaws are Yorkshire farmers during the early 19th Century. One day, Mr. Earnshaw returns from a trip to the city, bringing with him a ragged little boy called Heathcliff. Earnshaw's son, Hindley, resents the child, but Heathcliff becomes companion and soulmate to Hindley's sister, Catherine. After her parents die, Cathy and Heathcliff grow up wild and free on the Moors and despite the continued enmity between Hindley and Heathcliff they're happy-- until Cathy meets Edgar Linton, the son of a wealthy neighbor. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Emily Bronte's immortal story of defiant young lovers. See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Arashi ga oka See more »

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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally rated GP in the U.S. by the MPAA (there was no PG in 1970), but was cut to G, because it was booked into the Radio City Music Hall, and the Hall, because it drew families, only showed G-rated films. American International Pictures was so desirous of a Hall booking, that they capitulated. See more »

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Quotes

Heathcliff: [to Cathy] I've been through hell for you. And if you think it's only me that's going to suffer, then you'd better think again.
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After a funeral scene, the opening credits appear in blue letters on a background of darkened, almost silhouette like, Yorkshire moor landscapes, scenes which appear again later in the film. See more »

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A video released in the UK in the '80s ran only 80 minutes and was rated 'U', but the 2003 submission was the full 100 minute version and rated 'PG' See more »

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I Was Born in Love With You
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Words by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Music by Michel Legrand
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Flawed, but with some truly great moments
26 May 2007 | by MoneyMagnetSee all my reviews

This is a classic example of a film made with the best of intentions, where most of the people involved didn't quite have a handle on the material and wound up producing something fairly inoffensive but forgettable... EXCEPT... somehow there are shining moments.

I've seen a lot of movies and it is pretty hard to impress me; but the sequence near the end of the film where Heathcliff goes down to Cathy's grave, later to be led on up the hill by her ghost, is simply one of the most haunting fleeting moments of cinema I have ever seen. In ANY film (and I have seen very many of the greats). Yes, this was just a lowly little teen-oriented American International Picture, directed by some studio stalwart, starring some inexperienced actors who were given a not very challenging screenplay that wasn't all that true to the source material. But this brief sequence just rises above all that -- simply and brilliantly directed, unforgettably scored (by Michel Legrand), fearlessly acted by a very young Timothy Dalton.

I don't know if I can recommend the movie based just on that, flawed as the film is, but I couldn't stop thinking about that scene for days, how close it got to the human condition on a visceral yet poetic level. It's just one of those things about moments of movie magic. You never know where it will strike, even in movies that don't rank with the best. I can't say I thought this version of Wuthering Heights was the best, but I can certainly understand why many people have remembered it fondly.


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