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The Secret Garden (1987)

When spoiled English girl Mary Lennox (Gennie James), living in nineteenth century India loses both parents in a cholera epidemic, she is sent back to England to live in a country mansion. ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Grint

Writers:

Blanche Hanalis (teleplay), Frances Hodgson Burnett (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gennie James ... Mary Lennox
Barret Oliver ... Dickon Sowerby
Jadrien Steele Jadrien Steele ... Colin Craven
Michael Hordern ... Ben Weatherstaff
Billie Whitelaw ... Mrs. Medlock
Derek Jacobi ... Archibald Craven
Lucy Gutteridge ... Mrs. Lennox
Colin Firth ... Adult Colin Craven
Julian Glover ... Colonel McGraw
Cassie Stuart ... Martha Sowerby
Philip Locke ... Pitcher
Karen Archer Karen Archer ... Mrs. Crawford
Irina Brook ... Adult Mary
David Waller David Waller ... Dr. Craven
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Mrs. Sowerby
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Storyline

When spoiled English girl Mary Lennox (Gennie James), living in nineteenth century India loses both parents in a cholera epidemic, she is sent back to England to live in a country mansion. Archibald Craven (Sir Derek Jacobi) is a strange old man, frail and deformed, immensely kind, but so melancholy. She wishes to discover what has caused him so much sorrow and to bring joy back to the household. It all must have something to do with the screams and wails which echo through the house at night and no one wants to talk about. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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Genres:

Family | Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Secret Garden (#37.1) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Many of Highclere Castle's furnishings were used during filming and are arranged in the same manner throughout the house today. See more »

Quotes

Mary: Dickon knows things no one else knows.
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Version of The Secret Garden (1975) See more »

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Very well done for a TV movie
4 June 2007 | by ChickibidiSee all my reviews

This version of The Secret Garden is a much darker version, beginning with the horrifying deaths of Mary's parents from the plague, you see Mary have her life ripped away from her. She is angry, spoiled and dealing with the grief.

The score is haunting, the music one of Chopin's darker Nocturnes. The contrast between the darkness of her life, the house, the plague to the garden before her is well presented, and the acting for it's time is very well done. I believe this is better than the updated version, as it evokes more feeling from the viewer.

The only reason the score is lower than 10 is due to the age of the film. It's clearly outdated, and unlike the classics will not stand the test of time.


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