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Shadowlands (1993)

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C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer, and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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... Desmond Arding
Roddy Maude-Roxby ... Arnold Dopliss
... Harry Harrington
Andrew Seear ... Bob Chafer
Tim McMullan ... Nick Farrell
... Christopher Riley
Andrew Hawkins ... Rupert Parrish
... College President
... Jack Lewis
... Warnie Lewis
... Claude Bird
... Peter Whistler
... Frith
... Lieven
... Standish
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Storyline

C.S. Lewis is the author of the "Chronicles of Narnia" books. Known as Jack, he teaches at Oxford during the 1950s. An American fan, Joy Gresham, 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 thought that magic only existed in books, and then he met her. See more »


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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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14 January 1994 (USA)  »

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Tierra de sombras  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,842,000
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2.35 : 1
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Sir Anthony Hopkins prefers to memorize lines on his own, while Debra Winger prefers extensive on-set rehearsals. To accommodate Winger, Sir Richard Attenborough would rehearse with her, reading Hopkins' lines. See more »

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Joy Gresham had two sons, David and Douglas, but only one son, Douglas is depicted in the film. See more »

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Joy Gresham: Are you TRYING to be offensive, or merely stupid?
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Referenced in BBC Proms: Prom 2: Music from Great British Films (2007) See more »

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Toccata and Fugue in D
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Heard at the insignia ceremony
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Spellbinding ride through the Shadowlands
26 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger are perfectly cast in this beautiful film that contains what maybe the best and most haunting scenes in the history of motion pictures.

I didn't realize that there was almost no music until the third time I watched it. Hopkins delivers a career-best performance and Joseph Mazzello (as Winger's son) is terribly underbilled (his performance is superb), and I have no idea why Shadowlands didn't even land a Best Picture Academy Award nomination, it's certainly worth the price of the rental.

+ (GOOD THINGS) 1.) Death scene 2.) Chemistry between Hopkins and Winger 3.) Richard Attenborough's direction 4.) Hopkin's performance 5.) William Nicholson's script 6.) Winger's performance 7.) Joseph Mazzello's performance

  • (BAD THINGS) 1.) Winger's accent


Total: 9.5/10


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