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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

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
Aine Ni Mhuiri Aine Ni Mhuiri ... Edie Marinan
Sheila Reid 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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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Paixão Solitária de 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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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 »

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References Samson and Delilah (1949) See more »

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WHEN YOU'RE SMILING
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Brilliant look at a tragic life
6 May 2004 | by keefep_emailSee all my reviews

Maggie Smith is enormously affecting as Irish piano teacher Judith Hearne, whose life is plagued by Catholic guilt; painful memories of her early life with a difficult, wealthy aunt; and the less-than-genteel situation in which she now finds herself. At the shabby boarding house where she lives, Hearne meets the brother of her landlady. As they become friendlier, she seizes on the chance that this man will save her from a dismal life as a poor spinster.

The uniformly fine cast includes Bob Hoskins and Prunella Scales. I cannot recommend this movie highly enough to anyone who enjoys character-driven stories.


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