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A Month in the Country (1987)

PG | | Drama | 4 December 1987 (UK)
Five centuries ago, a mural was created in a country church in the north of England, and then hidden under layers of white paint. Looking at it again will be a distraction, the Reverend Mr.... See full summary »

Director:

Pat O'Connor

Writers:

J.L. Carr (novel), Simon Gray
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Birkin
John Atkinsons John Atkinsons ... Old Man on Train
Jim Carter ... Ellerbeck
Patrick Malahide ... Reverend Keach
Kenneth Branagh ... James Moon
Richard Vernon ... Colonel Hebron
Tim Barker Tim Barker ... Mossop
Vicki Arundale Vicki Arundale ... Kathy
Martin O'Neil Martin O'Neil ... Edgar
Natasha Richardson ... Alice Keach
Tony Haygarth ... Douthwaite
Eileen O'Brien Eileen O'Brien ... Mrs. Ellerbeck
Elizabeth Anson Elizabeth Anson ... Lucy Sykes
Barbara Marten Barbara Marten ... Mrs. Sykes
Ken Kitson ... Mr. Sykes (as Kenneth Kitson)
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Five centuries ago, a mural was created in a country church in the north of England, and then hidden under layers of white paint. Looking at it again will be a distraction, the Reverend Mr. Keach tells World War I veteran Tom Birken, who will spend a month in the country restoring the mural. Another veteran, James Moon, is looking for the grave of an ancestor of the patroness of the church who fought in the Crusades. The rector's wife, Alice, comes to see the mural and later visits Birken's bell tower abode, bringing a basket of apples. Will she open the book in which he has pressed the yellow rose she gave him earlier? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Trivia

Birkin's stammer was scripted. It was not improvised by Colin Firth. See more »

Goofs

Colin Firth is seen laying on a tomb in the graveyard smoking a woodbine cigarette that has a filter tip. The film is set in 1920. Filter tipped woodbine were not sold in the UK until 1948. See more »

Quotes

Birkin: My sermon today is derived... is derived... Look here. I only came in place of Mr Ellerbeck today because he's... he's... indisposed. I can't preach. So all I can do is tell you what I'm up to in Oxgodby, in the church there. And if you want to leave or nod off, that's all right by me.
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Soundtracks

Marche Militaire
Written by Franz Schubert
(uncredited)
Played on the organ by the young man in the showroom
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Unforgettable film
6 April 2005 | by editor-92See all my reviews

I saw this film probably 15 years ago, and have never forgotten it. It's about two World War I soldiers who are recuperating at a church. The one is trying to find the remains of the local priest - it's been a while so my brain's a bit rusty - and the other is revealing a mural on the church wall. There's also a love story/triangle to it. It is fabulously acted and demonstrates the horrors faced by men during war time. Kenneth Branagh's performance is worth the price of rental alone. Colin Firth manages to act for a change, rather than seem like he's sleepwalking. (Check out Apartment Zero, another older and decent film.) Exceptional!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

En månad på landet See more »

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$443,524
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1.85 : 1
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