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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joss Ackland ... C.S. Lewis
Claire Bloom ... Joy Davidman
David Waller David Waller ... Warnie Lewis
Rupert Baderman Rupert Baderman ... Douglas
Rhys Hopkins Rhys Hopkins ... David
Alan MacNaughtan ... Christopher Riley
Philip Stone ... Harry Harrington
Tim Preece Tim Preece ... Alan Gregg
Norman Rutherford Norman Rutherford ... Paxford
John Ringham ... Doctor
Henry Moxon Henry Moxon ... Solicitor
Michael Cunningham Michael Cunningham ... Registrar
Max Harvey Max Harvey ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Jim Kirby Jim Kirby ... Father Fisher
Dilys Price Dilys Price ... Sister


Renowned author, Christian apologist, and Oxford medieval scholar C.S. Lewis agrees to marry the divorced American poet Joy Davidman Gresham, to allow her and her two sons to stay in England. But what began as an act of charity by the confirmed bachelor becomes a deep and abiding love and they marry again, "before God." Alas, Joy becomes gravely ill... Written by yortsnave

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15 June 1989 (Japan) See more »

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C.S. Lewis Through the Shadowlands See more »

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C.S. Lewis: Why am I so afraid? I never knew her love could hurt so much, and I love you and all I want is to love you. Beyond every door I hear your voice saying to me, 'This is only the land of shadows. Real life hasn't begun yet.'
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Different from the later version
10 December 2003 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

Even though the Hopkins and Winger version had a larger budget, the BBC TV version is just as good. Even though we the issue of cancer is dealt with longer in the TV version, Hopkin portrays C.S. Lewis in more of, may I say, an American way. Both films portray C.S. Lewis with a British actor, but here, we actually forget from time to time that this is not C.S. Lewis and actually I an actor portraying him. This version mentions more about the Magician's Nephew and not the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe more like Hopkin's version. Both include the crying moment between Lewis and his step son up in the attic. Both are powerful and very different. Each is enjoyable if you are a fan of C.S. Lewis.

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