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In 19th-century India, little Mary Lennox is suddenly orphaned by cholera. Her only living relative is her crook-backed uncle, Archibald Craven, so Mary is sent to live at his estate on the... See full summary »
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Living in India, Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly), 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 Lord Archibald Craven's (John Lynch's) estate. It is a fairly isolated existence and she has to find things to keep herself occupied. She finds sickly young Colin Craven (Heydon Prowse), and a secret garden.Written by
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 historically accurate, 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 »
When Mary first meets Colin, as she enters his room, she is holding a oil lamp. The oil lamp, however, has a light bulb, not a wick and flame. See more »
[voiceover, as her uncle leaves for the spring]
That was the night the rain stopped, the night spring came to Misselthwaite. My poor uncle fled from it, as if he were escaping the spring.
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The book warmed my middle-aged calloused heart. This movie just doesn't quite make it and a couple of things really irritated me. Sets and scenery were awesome, but the pacing moved much too quickly, giving no time for reflection on the core issues of loneliness and pain. Kate Maberly's acting was at times alive, but overall not nearly as intense as the Mary Lennox of the book. And the transition from spoiled brat to humble, glowing and excited girl was never really evident. Dickon's character is good, but the romantic triangle implied with Colin is ridiculous and foreign to the relationships in the book. Mrs. Sowerby is totally overlooked (a critical role in the story as a healer, and the source of Dickon's and Martha's joy of life) and Mrs. Medford is made out to be too much of a villain. The tribal dance does violence to the original story's quest for "supernormal" help -- in the book they sing the Doxology, for goodness' sake! That wouldn't be politically correct now, I suppose. Overall, it was a charming, beautifully picturesque movie, but the unnecessary departures from the real story left me unsatisfied. On to the other versions & hope for the best.
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