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A Month in the Country (1987)

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 Rev. Mr. Keach... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Birkin
John Atkinsons ... Old Man on Train
... Ellerbeck
... Reverend Keach
... James Moon
... Colonel Hebron
Tim Barker ... Mossop
Vicki Arundale ... Kathy
Martin O'Neil ... Edgar
... Alice Keach
... Douthwaite
Eileen O'Brien ... Mrs. Ellerbeck
Elizabeth Anson ... Lucy Sykes
Barbara Marten ... Mrs. Sykes
... 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 Rev. Mr. Keach tells WWI 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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4 December 1987 (Ireland)  »

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En månad på landet  »

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$443,524
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Trivia

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

Goofs

According to Alice Keach, her roses are the variety Sarah Van Fleet. However, the film is set in 1920 and Sarah Van Fleet roses were not introduced until 1926. See more »

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Birkin: Look at this. Have you ever seen a detail like this in a medieval painting? Anticipates the Bruegels by 100 years. And that face... meant something to him. It's a portrait, it must be. And he was covered over years before the rest.
James Moon: It's the crescent. One could swear he was almost meant to be identifiable. Would he have dared, your painter?
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1990 (1990) See more »

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Quattro pezzi sacri
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
(uncredited)
Played when the medieval mural is revealed
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this is one of my all time favorite films. beautiful
2 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

From the opening moments when Firth gets off the train in the rain, and arrives in Oxgodby, this film is almost perfectly done. The acting, by Firth and Branaugh and Malahyde is fine, and believable. Firth arrives to restore a painting on a church wall. Shell -shocked from his service in France, and unhappy; the month at the lovely countryside restores him somewhat. The music, by Blake, is lovely. When I feel down, I put this on the VCR. I am restored. Wish it could be released again, as I have a rather poor copy. But I love it just the same Firth is wonderful


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