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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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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

Patrick Mower was the first choice for Heathcliff, but was unavailable, due to his filming of Cry of the Banshee (1970). See more »

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When Heathcliff learns of Cathy's death, he cries out in anguish. When his mouth is open, silver-colored fillings (amalgam) are visible in his back teeth. During the time period the movie was set in, this type of dental procedure was not in existence. See more »

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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Crazy Credits

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 »

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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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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American International Pictures Best Movie
11 March 2005 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

I remember reading the review of this version of "Wuthering Heights" in VARIETY in 1970. The reviewer said, "While suffering only in comparison to the 1939 classic ...". Well, I recently saw the 1939 version and this version is in every way superior. From the haunting, soulful score to the sensitive acting, to the realistic countryside, this "Wuthering Heights" is more passionate, more brooding, more obsessive. Anna Calder-Marshall did not possess the stunning beauty of Merle Oberon, but she hits all the right notes essaying the social-climbing Kathy. Those only familiar with Timothy Dalton's sour work as James Bond will be astonished at his sensitive, magnetic Heathcliff. The dowdy Flora Robson has been replaced by the buxom, nurturing Judy Cornwell. Cornwell's "milkmaid dresses" almost overflow, and she is so nurturing one almost expects her to "pop one out" and feed Heathcliff or Cathy at some critical moment. Nonetheless, Cornwell's expressive face and body language at times nearly steals the movie, but, by no means throws it off balance.

Other fine performances include Ian Ogilvy as Edgar, Harry Andrews and father and Hillary Dwyer as Isabella.

Even the photography, editing, and, most important, directing by Robert Fuest is superior to the 1939 version. It's especially amazing, given AIP's product at the time, that this masterpiece could be made. I don't like costumers particularly, but I watch this "Wuthering Heights" about once every two years. It's worth my time because it's THAT good.

I give Wuthering Heights (1970) a "10".


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