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A Tale of Two Cities (1980)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | TV Movie 2 December 1980
An ex-aristocrat from France and an alcoholic English lawyer find themselves crossing paths and in love with the same woman during the French Revolution.


Jim Goddard


Charles Dickens (novel), John Gay
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Sarandon ... Sydney Carton / Charles Darnay
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Alexander Manette
Kenneth More ... Dr. Jarvis Lorry
Barry Morse ... St. Evremonde
Flora Robson ... Miss Pross
Billie Whitelaw ... Madame Therese Defarge
Alice Krige ... Lucie Manette
Nigel Hawthorne ... Mr. CJ Stryver
Norman Jones ... Monsieur Ernest Defarge
George Innes ... Jeremiah 'Jerry' Cruncher
David Suchet ... John Barsad
Bernard Hug Bernard Hug ... Gaspard
Valérie de Tilbourg Valérie de Tilbourg ... Seamstress (as Valerie de Tilburg)
Robert Urquhart ... Attorney General
Anna Manahan Anna Manahan ... The Vengeance


Dissolute barrister Sydney Carton (Chris Sarandon) becomes enchanted and then hopelessly in love with the beautiful Lucie Manette (Alice Krige). But Lucie loves and marries Charles Darnay (Chris Sarandon), and remains oblivious to Carton's undimmed devotion to her. When Darnay is ensnared in the deadly web of the French Revolution and condemned to die by the guillotine, Sydney Carton concocts a dangerous plot to free the husband of the woman he loves. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. A time of blinding vengeance. Of soaring passions. Of private honor and public executions. A time when one man's love for a woman was so great, war itself couldn't quench it! See more »


Drama | History | Romance | War


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Recommended by the National Education Association (U.K.). See more »


Sydney Carton: It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.
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My thoughts on A Tale of Two Cities
19 February 2006 | by aklawson_13See all my reviews

A Tale of Two Cities is my all time favorite book. However, it was quite abstruse and difficult to understand some parts, but this movie clearly explained everything. It was very romantic around the end and sad at the same time. My favorite passage from the book is when Sydney Carton says,"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." This movie really showed the true love between Carton and the seamstress, Carton and Lucie, and Darnay and Lucie. The director has done a tremendous job at this movie and I thank him greatly for this wonderful move that hie has made from the wonderful book that I do adore. I do not understand why anyone wouldn't like this movie or book. Of course the book was quite wordy, but it should be, it was written in 1859. Duh... Just kidding but it is a very beautiful book and presentation of the book.

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2 December 1980 (USA) See more »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: A Tale of Two Cities (#30.1) See more »

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