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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.

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 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, 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.

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El jardín secreto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$31,181,347
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The tapestries in Mary's room comprise a cycle known as "The Hunt for the Unicorn". In this cycle, the unicorn is lured from the wild and into a new life by a young virgin, foreshadowing Mary's role in the story. See more »

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When Colin throws a temper tantrum after being exposed to an open window, the camera returns to focus on Colin for reaction shots several times during the argument. In some shots, he's dry and his face is pale; in others, he's flushed and sweaty. See more »

Quotes

Mary: [shouting for Colin to stop throwing a tantrum over possible spores in the air] Stop it you, stop! I hate you! Everybody hates you! You're so selfish. You the most selfish boy there ever was!
Colin: I'm not as selfish as you are! Just because I'm always ill!
Mary: Nobody ill could scream like that!
Colin: I'm going to die!
Mary: What would you know about dying?
Colin: My mother died!
Mary: Both my parents died!
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Follows The Secret Garden (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Mistress Mary Quite Contrary
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Andrew Knott and Kate Maberly
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Possibly the best family film ever....
11 August 2002 | by EstellaSee all my reviews

I first saw The Secret Garden over the Christmas period a few years ago, but didn't really see it for the beautiful film it is untill a viewing or so later. I have it on video, and watch it whenever I need cheering up. It is one of those rare films that I can really say is flawless. The cast are superb. The three children particulerly standing out. The scenery is breathtaking, and the score beautiful. It makes you feel that wonderful things can happen in life, and that you can make them happen. In a time when more and more films are relying on special effects rather then a good script and a decent storyline, this is one that film makers everywhere should take note of. A rare little gem of a film that should put a smile on the face of even the most cynical movie goer.


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