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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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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

Certificate:

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Trivia

Brian Moore's source 1955 "Judith Hearne" novel was rejected by ten American publishers before it was published by a British publishing house. 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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Deeply moving
30 November 1999 | by KMRSee all my reviews

An unsparing portrait of a lonely spinster with nothing to go on but her own ever-weakening faith. All the performances are wonderful, but Maggie Smith in the title role is revelatory. One of the best performances by an actress that I've ever seen.


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Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Gross USA:

$523,091
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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