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Wuthering Heights (1970)

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Doomed lovers Catherine and Heathcliff are torn apart by their own selfishness and hate.

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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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Among the world's great love stories, there is one forever remembered, forever cherished. 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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AIP had announced a sequel Return to Wuthering Heights but it was not made. Neither were other adaptations of classic novels mooted by the studio, including Camille, The House of Seven Gables, and Tale of Two Cities. See more »

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Quotes

Cathy Earnshaw: Nobody can marry Heathcliff. I mean, he's a wild animal.
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Alternate Versions

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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Version of Hihintayin kita sa langit (1991) See more »

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I Was Born in Love With You
(uncredited)
Words by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Music by Michel Legrand
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Not as good as the '39 version, but I prefer it anyway.
10 December 2004 | by BrooklynneSee all my reviews

Several people have mentioned the music from this film, and for good reason. This was one of a handful of extraordinary scores by the largely forgotten Michel Legrand (THREE MUSKATEER 1974; SUMMER OF '42, BRIAN'S SONG, among others), and is one of my favorite twenty or so film scores ever. This movie, well-photographed as it was, simply reeks of Gothic atmosphere in great part because of this music. Passionate, sensual, beautiful, and tremendously dramatic, it was even released as a record album in 1970 by the short-lived American International Records Label and, unfortunately, has never been made available on CD. It would be worth a purchase on eBay! I also feel that, while Dalton as Heathcliff is by no means in the same acting league as Sir Laurence Olivier, his passion for Calder-Marshall (who is less effective as Cathy than was Merle Oberon) is nonetheless more urgent and less studied than Oliver's was in the '39 version.

I enjoy the original film for its moody black and white imagery and its fine romantic score (by Alfred Newman, also not available on CD); but, though it's admittedly a lesser film, by a small margin I prefer this 1970 take which, without Legrand's evocative scoring, would probably have been a bust.


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