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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

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A middle-aged spinster falls in love with a fellow resident of her boardinghouse, who mistakenly believes she has the money to help him start a new business.

Director:

Jack Clayton

Writers:

Brian Moore (novel), Peter Nelson (screenplay)
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Smith ... Judith Hearne
Bob Hoskins ... James Madden
Wendy Hiller ... Aunt D'Arcy
Marie Kean ... Mrs. Rice
Ian McNeice ... Bernard Rice
Alan Devlin Alan Devlin ... Father Quigley
Rudi Davies ... Mary
Prunella Scales ... Moira O'Neill
Áine Ní Mhuirí Áine Ní Mhuirí ... Edie Marinan
Sheila Reid ... Miss Friel
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Mr. Lenehan
Kate Binchy Kate Binchy ... Sister Ignatius
Martina Stanley Martina Stanley ... Sister Mary-Paul
Veronica Quilligan ... Mrs. Mullen
Frank Egerton Frank Egerton ... The Major
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Storyline

A penniless middle-aged spinster scrapes by giving piano lessons in the Dublin of the 1950s. She makes a sad last bid for love with a fellow resident of her rundown boarding house, who imagines she has the money to bankroll the business he hopes to open. Written by Morganalee

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An unlikely relationship based on love, faith, and a little deception.

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Sir Elton John was billed as a "production associate" on this movie (and not as a Producer). This is John's only one single credit in the category of other crew (a.k.a. miscellaneous crew) in the IMDb database. See more »

Connections

References Samson and Delilah (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude Opus 28, No.4
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Rick Wentworth
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A Moving Film
21 November 2003 | by coolbluegreenSee all my reviews

Why isn't this available on DVD? What is wrong with the studios? This is a very moving film. It is not entirely faithful to the wonderful book on which it is based, but that doesn't matter. It captures the lonely desperation of the characters, especially Judith. Ah, this is a sad film. It is a marvelous, sad movie, and it has two of the best actors ever -- Maggie Smith and the incomparable Bob Hoskins. Please -- release this on DVD!


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Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Gross USA:

$523,091
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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