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

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William Nicholson (screenplay), William Nicholson (play)
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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 ... 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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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 »


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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Joseph Mazzello played the director Richard Attenborough's grandson in Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). See more »

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In one of the scenes in Magdalen College Chapel, a character is shown singing from a copy of the "New English Hymnal" which was not published until the 1980s. The descant to one of the hymns sung was also written later than the date at which the film is set. See more »

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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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Sumer is Icumen In
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Authorship unknown, sometimes attributed to W. de Wycombe
Sung by the choir on May Day morning
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A perfect movie for the educated
20 June 2001 | by stehi2001See all my reviews

I watched this film as I'm a sucker for weepies. I didn't know that it was about CS Lewis, a little naive, you may say, but I just saw that it had a good rating in the TV guide and so I set the video to record it. I have told my family that I will kill them if they ever record over this film! It is beautiful. No background knowledge of the life of CS Lewis is needed- just sit back and enjoy. Some people may criticise such things as Debra Winger's accent and the fact that Douglas (Joseph Mazzello) should have had a brother in the film, but ignore them and let yourself be submerged in the sheer excellence of the film. The best line, for me, is when Hopkins, as Lewis, is teaching his class and tells them that "The most intense joy lies not in the having, but in the desire. The delight that never fades, the bliss that is eternal, is only yours when what you most desire is just out of reach". It will leave you crying yet contented. Watch this film, but do so with a box of tissues. If you leave the room to get something, you will without fail miss something. Not a moment of this movie must be missed!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadowlands See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$81,082, 2 January 1994

Gross USA:

$25,842,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,842,377
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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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