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Silas Marner (1985)

Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (original title)
When a respectable weaver is wrongfully accused of theft, he becomes a virtual hermit until his own fortune is stolen and an orphaned child is found on his doorstep.

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Giles Foster

Writers:

George Eliot (novel), Giles Foster (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Silas Marner
Jenny Agutter ... Nancy Lammeter
Patrick Ryecart ... Godfrey Cass
Freddie Jones ... Squire Cass
Jonathan Coy ... Dunstan Cass
Patsy Kensit ... Eppie
Elizabeth Hoyle Elizabeth Hoyle ... Baby Eppie
Melinda Whiting Melinda Whiting ... Little Eppie
Angela Pleasence ... Molly
Rosemary Martin Rosemary Martin ... Dolly Winthrop
Robert Putt Robert Putt ... Ben Winthrop
Jim Broadbent ... Jem Rodney
Tony Caunter Tony Caunter ... Mr. Snell
Michael Bilton Michael Bilton ... Mr. Macey
Nick Brimble ... Bob Dowlas
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Storyline

In 19th-century England, a misanthropic weaver named Silas Marner hoards his gold. But his life changes when his gold is stolen, and then a baby girl wanders into his life. He raises little Eppie, but her real father is not far away. Written by Kathy Li

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1985 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Silas Marner See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film has different endings: close up of Marner gazing in awe at the sky of his future (broadcast version) and a close up of Marner weeping (video). See more »

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Version of Silas Marner (1911) See more »

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Persecution, patience and perseverance
13 October 2012 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

"Silas Marner" is another classic by Victorian novelist George Eliot. This 1985 film stars Ben Kingsley in a wonderful performance. He is a disenfranchised member of a church who is falsely accused of stealing. After protesting his innocence, he works quietly and patiently for 15 years to build up a sizable savings but with no specific plans or outlook on life. The events that unfold after that change his life and the lives of others around him.

This story is one of persecution, patience and perseverance. It's also about redemption found in love for Marner and for others, including his squire. The rest of the cast give good performances in their roles, but the core of this story is the evolution of a man who is bitter from false accusations. We see him change from an obsessive worker and loner, to a caring father, to a warm and unselfish human being.

It's another wonderful classic by Eliot (Mary Anne Evans), produced by the BBC. I highly recommend this for any serious movie library.


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