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The Mayor of Casterbridge 

In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again he realises what he has done, and though unable to find his wife and child, ... See full summary »
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 Michael Henchard 7 episodes, 1978
Janet Maw ...
 Elizabeth-Jane 7 episodes, 1978
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 Donald Farfrae 7 episodes, 1978
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 Lucetta Farfrae / ... 4 episodes, 1978
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 Abel Whittle 4 episodes, 1978
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 Mr. Joyce 4 episodes, 1978
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 Lucetta's Maid 4 episodes, 1978
Clifford Parrish ...
 Longways 4 episodes, 1978
Avis Bunnage ...
 Mrs. Goodenough 3 episodes, 1978
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In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again he realises what he has done, and though unable to find his wife and child, changes his ways. He becomes the Mayor of the town. Nearly twenty years later his past comes back to haunt him. Written by <burkeji@forfas.ie>

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3 September 1978 (USA)  »

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This was first announced for Joseph Losey in 1968 with Robert Shaw starring. See more »

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Version of The Mayor of Casterbridge (1921) See more »

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Smashing, stupendous, sensational
4 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

10 is not a high enough rating for this masterpiece. Even as we see the gorgeous and extremely talented Alan Bates as the mayor, making mistake after mistake, acting like a fool, struggling with his conscience, and sometimes making things right only to screw up again, we are moved by him. We have pity for a man who cannot get out of his own way, who is his own worst enemy.

The acting is superb, the scenery/sets beautiful and fitting of the time and place. Often meanings are conveyed through looks, expressions, and not an excess of words. The score by Carl Davis is appropriate and adds to the feel of the series, enhancing the whole thing.

What luck that this is on DVD, complete with biographies on Sir Alan Bates and Thomas Hardy, among other things. Don't miss this gem.


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