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Tess ()


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A strong-willed young peasant girl becomes the affection of two men.

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  • Won 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 14 nominations.
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John Collin ...
John Durbeyfield
Tony Church ...
Parson Tringham
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Tess (as Nastassia Kinski)
Brigid Erin Bates ...
Girl in meadow
Jeanne Biras ...
Girl in meadow
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Angel Clare
John Bett ...
Felix Clare
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Cuthbert Clare
Rosemary Martin ...
Mrs. Durbeyfield
Geraldine Arzul ...
Child
Stephanie Treille ...
Child
Elodie Warnod ...
Child
Ben Reeks ...
Child
Jack Stephens ...
Man in Tavern
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Alec d'Urberville
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Girl in henhouse
Maryline Even ...
Girl in henhouse
Jean-Jacques Daubin ...
Bailiff
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Mrs. d'Urberville
Jacob Weizbluth ...
Yokel at barn-dance (as Jacob Weisbluth)
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Religious Fanatic
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Harvester
Véronique Alain ...
Harvester (as Veronique Alain)
Richard Pearson ...
Vicar of Marlott
Fred Bryant ...
Dairyman Crick
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Old dairy hand
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Old dairy hand
Carolyn Pickles ...
Marian
Suzanna Hamilton ...
Izz
Caroline Embling ...
Retty
Josine Comellas ...
Mrs. Crick
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Mercy Chant
David Markham ...
Reverend Mr. Clare
Pascale de Boysson ...
Mrs. Clare
Gordon Richardson ...
Parson at wedding
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Housekeeper
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Farmer Groby
Jimmy Gardner ...
Pedlar
Reg Dent ...
Carter
John Gill ...
Landlord
Forbes Collins ...
New tenant
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Postman
John Moore ...
Postman
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Landlady
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Constable
Lina Roxa ...
Caretaker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rico Lopez ...
Horseman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Roman Polanski

Written by

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Gérard Brach ... (screenplay) &
Roman Polanski ... (screenplay) &
John Brownjohn ... (screenplay)
 
Thomas Hardy ... (novel "Tess of the d'Urbervilles")

Produced by

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Claude Berri ... producer
Timothy Burrill ... co-producer
Pierre Grunstein ... executive producer
Jean-Pierre Rassam ... associate producer

Music by

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Philippe Sarde

Cinematography by

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Ghislain Cloquet
Geoffrey Unsworth

Film Editing by

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Alastair McIntyre
Tom Priestley

Editorial Department

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Jeremy Hume ... assistant editor
Pierre Louis Lecoeur ... assistant editor
Jacqueline Mariani ... assistant editor
Arielle Noyer ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Mary Selway

Production Design by

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Pierre Guffroy

Art Direction by

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Jack Stephens

Costume Design by

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Anthony Powell

Makeup Department

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Alain Bernard ... assistant hair stylist
Didier Lavergne ... makeup artist
Paul Le Marinel ... assistant makeup artist
Ludovic Paris ... hair stylist (as Marc Ludovic Paris)

Production Management

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Alain Depardieu ... unit manager
Paul Maigret ... production manager
Tadek Zietara ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Hercules Bellville ... second unit director
Thierry Chabert ... first assistant director
Romain Goupil ... second assistant director
Hugues de Laugardière ... second assistant director (as Hugues De Laugardiere)

Art Department

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Jean-Claude Bourdin ... assistant art director
Michel Damiens ... assistant art director
Marcel Laude ... property master
Pierre Lefait ... set dresser
Claude Moesching ... assistant art director
Albert Rajau ... assistant art director
Jean-Claude Sévenet ... set dresser (as Jean-Claude Sevenet)

Sound Department

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Hervé de Luze ... sound editor
Maurice Gilbert ... dubbing mixer
Louis Gimel ... boom operator
Peter Horrocks ... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Lelong ... sound effects
Jean Nény ... dubbing mixer (as Jean Neny)
Alex Pront ... dubbing mixer
Robert Rietty ... post-synchronization (as Robert Rietti)
Jean-Pierre Ruh ... sound mixer
David Watts ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby

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Doug Ferris ... matte artist (uncredited)
Frederic Moreau ... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Philippe Tourret ... restoration coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eric Brach ... assistant camera
Jean Harnois ... camera operator
François Lauliac ... assistant camera
Jean-Claude Le Bras ... chief electrician
Bernard Prim ... still photographer
Roger Robert ... key grip: additional
André Thiéry ... head grip (as Andre Thiery)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Caroline de Vivaise ... wardrober (as Caroline De Vivaise)
Joanna Johnston ... assistant costume designer
Thérèse Ripaud ... wardrobe supervisor (as Therese Ripaud)
Frederic Vieille ... wardrober

Location Management

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Patrick Bordier ... location manager
Philippe Desmoulins ... location manager
Jérôme Jeannet ... location manager

Music Department

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Peter Knight ... orchestrator
Carlo Savina ... conductor
Franklin Jones Jr. ... score recording engineer and score mix engineer (uncredited)
London Symphony Orchestra ... music performed by (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Richard Booz ... unit driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Sylvette Baudrot ... continuity
Josée Bénabent-Loiseau ... publicist (as Josee Benabent)
Catherine Fleming ... voice teacher
Sue Lefton ... choreographer
François Nadal ... horse master
Jennifer Patrick ... dialogue coach
Andrea Potter ... researcher
Jeannie Stone ... production assistant
Colette Suder ... production accountant
Marguerite Théoule ... production assistant (as Marguerite Theoule)

Thanks

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Sharon Tate ... dedicatee (as Sharon)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Wessex County, England during the Victorian era. Christian values dominate what are social mores. These mores and her interactions with two men play a large part in what happens in the young life of peasant girl, the shy, innocent, proper yet proud Tess Durbeyfield. The first of these men is Alec d'Urberville. After learning from a local historian that they are really descendants of the aristocratic d'Urberville family which has died out due to lack of male heirs, Tess' parents send her to a nearby mansion where they know some d'Urbervilles actually reside. This move is in order for the family to gain some benefit from their heritage. Upon her arrival at the mansion, Tess quickly learns that the family of Tess' "cousin" Alec are not true d'Urbervilles, but rather an opportunistic lot who bought the family name in order to improve their own standing in life. Tess is pulled between what she was sent to accomplish for her family against her general disdain for Alec, who will give her anything she wants in return for sexual favors. The second of these men is Angel Clare, the son of a parson and an apprentice farmer. Angel and Tess fall in love with each other. Tess has to decide if she will divulge to Angel her past relationship with Alec, which if she does may jeopardize their own relationship. But if she doesn't, Tess also has to figure out if the secret will haunt her and thus jeopardize their relationship in other ways. Written by Huggo

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Taglines She was a poor man's daughter, an aristocrat's mistress and a gentleman's wife. She was Tess, a victim of her own provocative beauty. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Tesa (Serbia)
  • Tess - viattomuuden tarina (Finland)
  • Tess - Uma Lição de Vida (Brazil)
  • Tese (Lithuania)
  • Τεσσ, γλυκειά μου ξαδέλφη (Greece)
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  • 186 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film's opening dedication at the start of the film states: "For Sharon". Roman Polanski dedicated this movie to his late wife, Sharon Tate, who was killed in 1969 by the Manson Clan. Before Tate's death, she had read the film's source novel by Thomas Hardy and was convinced that her husband would one day make a great film based on the novel. See more »
Goofs At the beginning of the final sequence, set at Stonehenge, someone's head can be seen at bottom-left. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1981). See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Angel Clare: She's sleeping. Just a little longer?
Tess: Have they come for me?
Angel Clare: Yes.
Tess: Oh, I am ready.
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