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Shadowlands (1993)

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C.S. Lewis (Sir Anthony Hopkins), a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets spirited poet Joy Gresham (Debra Winger) from the U.S.

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William Nicholson (screenplay), William Nicholson (play)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Fellowes ... Desmond Arding
Roddy Maude-Roxby Roddy Maude-Roxby ... Arnold Dopliss
Michael Denison ... Harry Harrington
Andrew Seear Andrew Seear ... Bob Chafer
Tim McMullan Tim McMullan ... Nick Farrell
John Wood ... Christopher Riley
Andrew Hawkins Andrew Hawkins ... Rupert Parrish
Peter Howell ... College President
Anthony Hopkins ... Jack Lewis
Edward Hardwicke ... Warnie Lewis
Robert Flemyng ... Claude Bird
James Frain ... Peter Whistler
Toby Whithouse ... Frith
Daniel Goode ... Lieven
Scott Handy ... Standish
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Storyline

C.S. Lewis (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is the author of the "Chronicles of Narnia" books. Known as Jack, he teaches at Oxford during the 1950s. An American fan, Joy Gresham (Debra Winger), arrives to meet him for tea in Oxford. It is the beginning of a love affair. Tragically, Joy becomes terminally ill and their lives become complicated. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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oxford | england | friend | book | author | See All (69) »

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He distanced himself from love as he distanced himself from pain, until one woman got close enough to open his heart to the world. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tierra de sombras See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,842,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After Joy's death, C.S. Lewis kept notes on his grief, which he published as "A Grief Observed" under a pseudonym. See more »

Goofs

As C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham climb to the turret of the college in order to admire the Oxford skyline, a 1960s-style towerblock is briefly visible in the distance. See more »

Quotes

Douglas Gresham: [Reading Jack's inscription from his Narnia book] The magic never ends.
Joy: Well, if it does, sue him.
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Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue in D
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Heard at the insignia ceremony
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Good adaptation
3 April 2000 | by critic-22See all my reviews

Shadowlands

DIRECTION 48% Sweet and natural looking period drama.

ACTING 86% You can't go wrong with Hopkins and the other supports don't distract from this man.

EDITING/SPECIAL EFFECTS 15% Not needed here that much.

PLOT 87% A true story about C. S. Lewis.

STRONG WORDS AND VIOLENCE ETC N/A.

MUSIC 92% Classical variations to bring the BIG church traditional music to life and glorious wonder.

SOUND 10% Natural sounds for natural people.

HOOKABILITY 79% Love the music, love the start!

LASTABILITY 85% If you don't already know the story you will want to see the end.

OVERALL 82% Good adaptation of a true story, not disappointing but could have been better if more of his personal christian experiences were related to the viewer.


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