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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 of her life. Once there, she begins to explore her new, seemingly-isolated surroundings, and its secrets.

Director:

Agnieszka Holland

Writers:

Frances Hodgson Burnett (book), Caroline Thompson (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Maberly ... Mary Lennox
Heydon Prowse Heydon Prowse ... Colin Craven
Andrew Knott ... Dickon
Maggie Smith ... Mrs. Medlock
Laura Crossley Laura Crossley ... Martha
John Lynch ... Lord Archibald Craven
Walter Sparrow ... Ben Weatherstaff
Irène Jacob ... Mary's Mother / Lilias Craven (as Irene Jacob)
Frank Baker Frank Baker ... Government Official
Valerie Hill Valerie Hill ... Cook
Andrea Pickering Andrea Pickering ... Betty Butterworth
Peter Moreton ... Will
Arthur Spreckley Arthur Spreckley ... John
Colin Bruce Colin Bruce ... Major Lennox
Parsan Singh Parsan Singh ... Ayah
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Storyline

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 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

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret Garden See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,625,583, 15 August 1993

Gross USA:

$31,181,347

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,181,347
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mary: [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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Referenced in What's Up Doc?: Episode #2.7 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Winter Light
Written by Zbigniew Preisner, Linda Ronstadt, and Eric Kaz
Produced by George Massenburg and Linda Ronstadt
Performed by Linda Ronstadt
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment
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Plush, but missing something
30 September 2002 | by dough-nutSee all my reviews

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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