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To the Lighthouse (1983)

A faithful dramatization of Virginia Woolf's novel. A lecturer, his family, the spinster Aunt Lily, an old friend, and a student, Charles Tansley, spend a summer in an isolated house in ... See full summary »

Director:

Colin Gregg

Writers:

Hugh Stoddart, Virginia Woolf (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosemary Harris ... Mrs. Ramsay
Michael Gough ... Mr. Ramsay
Suzanne Bertish ... Lily Briscoe
Lynsey Baxter ... Nancy Ramsay
Pippa Guard ... Prue Ramsay
Kenneth Branagh ... Charles Tansley
T.P. McKenna ... Augustus Carmichael
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ... Paul Rayley
David Parfitt ... Andrew Ramsay
Craig Warnock Craig Warnock ... Jasper Ramsey (aged 14)
Jessie Walker Stewart Jessie Walker Stewart ... Cam Ramsay (aged 7)
Chris Lahr ... James Ramsey (aged 6) (as Christopher Lahr)
Kristin Milward Kristin Milward ... Marie
Simon Dutton ... Jasper (aged 24)
Nicola Wright ... Cam (aged 17)
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A faithful dramatization of Virginia Woolf's novel. A lecturer, his family, the spinster Aunt Lily, an old friend, and a student, Charles Tansley, spend a summer in an isolated house in Cornwall just before World War I. The stern Mr. Ramsay scolds everybody, while Mrs. Ramsay is the linchpin in keeping the family together. Aunt Lily paints, and the family talk about sailing to the lighthouse, but the trip is always postponed. Written by Will Gilbert

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A világítótorony See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was the first true independent production with the BBC. Keith Williams, BBC Head of Plays, Ronnie Marsh, the BBC Head of Co-Production worked with Producer David Wilkinson to pioneer the "Reverse Co-Production". The BBC provided the crew, equipment and post-production services. Wilkinson raised his funding from the Prudential Assurance, which paid for the actors, actresses, extras, screenplay, rights to the novel, music, and musicians. Colin Gregg Films then owned the copyright and world rights to the movie. The BBC had just two U.K. showings of the movie. It was one of four television movies nominated in 1983 for a BAFTA award. See more »

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Clair de Lune
Music by Claude Debussy
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Slow, boring, but tolerable.
29 July 1999 | by tcbakerSee all my reviews

When watching this 115 minute movie, one can see why it was made for television rather than a big screen release. It starts off slow and goes on and on without much to keep the viewer interested. The title is deceiving - except for a few screen shots in the beginning of the movie, the lighthouse does not exist. The plot is old and un-original - taking place in rural coastal England in 1912, it is a story about a family and its problems as it vacations near a lighthouse. This film has two strengths - Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, Othello, Wild Wild West) plays a young graduate student vacationing with the family, and this offers a glimpse into his younger acting before his notable performances in Shakespearean movies. Secondly, the filming locations were beautiful and were really the only other thing that kept me interested. All in all, it is slow, long, and boring, but not the worst movie I've ever seen.


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