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The Secret Garden (1993)

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A young, recently-orphaned girl is sent to England after living in India all her life. Once there, she begins to explore her new, seemingly-isolated surroundings -- and its secrets.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mary Lennox
Heydon Prowse ... Colin Craven
... Dickon
... Mrs. Medlock
Laura Crossley ... Martha
... Lord Archibald Craven
... Ben Weatherstaff
... Mary's Mother / Lilias Craven (as Irene Jacob)
Frank Baker ... Government Official
Valerie Hill ... Cook
Andrea Pickering ... Betty Butterworth
Peter Moreton ... Will
Arthur Spreckley ... John
Colin Bruce ... Major Lennox
Parsan Singh ... Ayah
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Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's estate. It is a fairly isolated existence and she has to find things to keep herself occupied. She finds a sickly young boy...and a secret garden. Written by grantss

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The timeless tale of a special place where magic, hope, and love grow.

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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13 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El jardín secreto  »

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$31,181,347
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In the original book and earlier versions of the movie, as well as a Broadway musical version, the parents of Mary Lennox died during a cholera epidemic. This is a historical fact, as there was a devastating outbreak of cholera between 1817 and 1820, which was at the height of the British Colonial period in India. See more »

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In the final scene, while Mary, Dickon and Colin are playing Blind Man's Bluff and Colin discovers his father in the garden with them, the blind fold (which Colin has pulled up on his head like a headband) changes disappears when the camera is looking over Colin's shoulder. See more »

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Mary: My name is Mary Lennox. I was born in India. It was hot, and strange, and lonely in India. I didn't like it. Nobody by my servant, my ayah, looked after me. My parents didn't want me. My mother cared only to go to parties. And my father was busy with his military duties. I was never allowed to go to the parties. I watched them from my mother's bedroom window. I was angry, but I never cried. I didn't know how to cry.
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Mesmerizing, beautifully acted family film
27 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

While I have called The Secret Garden a family film, that doesn't mean it's just for children. It is a film for all ages, and sure to be enjoyed by all of them, too. A vivid and affecting film, it's got many things going for it: mesmerizing cinemetography and time-lapse photography, a good music score and script, breathtaking sets, wonderful direction, great acting, even gorgeous flowers! Agneiska Holland does a great job at bringing out all the subtle little points and details in the story and great performances from her young cast, particularly from Kate Maberly as Mary. Heydon Prowse is good, too, as Colin, and so is Maggie Smith as Mrs. Medlock, the frusterated, overprotective housekeeper who seems to be mean, but really is only doing what she thinks best. One of the few films I've seen that I can call perfect with conviction; definitely should be seen and appreciated.


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