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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.

Director:

Jim Goddard

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), John Gay
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Cast

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
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Storyline

Dissolute barrister Sydney Carton becomes enchanted and then hopelessly in love with the beautiful Lucie Manette. But Lucie loves and marries Charles Darnay, 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 »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Terry Gilliam planned an adaptation of the novel in the mid 1990s with Mel Gibson starring. When Warner Brothers reduced the budget and re-cast the lead with Liam Neeson, Gilliam left the project. See more »

Quotes

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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Version of A Tale of Two Cities: In Concert (2009) See more »

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wanting to show the 1980 version in history class
16 January 2007 | by thewmelvinSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie back in 1980. It was a required movie to watch for my history class. I see there are several others who enjoyed the mini-series also. I don't remember the name of the main character. All I really remember is that it was a Dickens' novel and that I did enjoy it. Actually seeing the movie made me realize what the French Revolution was about and why it is such an important part of our history. Now a teacher is wanting to show it to her world history class at school. They are beginning to study the French Revolution. This teacher would love to show it in class. Does anyone know how we can get hold of a copy of the 1980 version? Or if there's not a copy of it do you know how to have it put on TV again as mini series? I don't really know how or where to get a copy of this so any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you for your help


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