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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

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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$443,524
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film historian Nick Redman mentions in his commentary included in the BFI edition of the movie that, at the time of its original release, this was said to be a movie "starring two nobodies". See more »

Goofs

The record being played is a 33 1/3 RPM RCA "shaded dog" label record, not a 78 RPM as should have been for the post WW I period. See more »

Quotes

Birkin: [shouting] GOD! WHAT GOD? THERE IS NO GOD!
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Breakthrough Stars of 1990 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Violin Concerto in E minor
Theme from second movement
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
(uncredited)
Played by the Reverend Keach on the violin
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A true gem
2 November 2005 | by headmaster-1See all my reviews

This is a true gem of a film. Only those however who have an empathy for the destruction of World War One, and a sensitivity about how moving religious themes can be, will really appreciate the aspects of the film which make it timeless. It is deliberately slow and careful in its pace, and the contrasts between Church and Chapel, working and upper class, and social mobility makes it a film I have always found very moving. The use of the Schubert Mass as a musical backdrop at key points emphasises the cathartic journey Birkin makes. Indeed, his visit to the church as an old man demonstrates the way he has been cleansed of the mud of Flanders.


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