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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writer | marriage | 1950s | honesty | train | See All (70) »

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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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Trivia

Sir Nigel Hawthorne, who played the role on stage, was replaced in this movie version by Sir Anthony Hopkins, because Hawthorne was still almost unknown internationally. See more »

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Jack never learnt to drive, despite numerous attempts at learning. See more »

Quotes

Jack: You know, I don't want to be somewhere else anymore. I'm not waiting for anything new to happen... not looking around the next corner and over the next hill. I'm here now. That's enough.
Joy: That's your kind of happy isn't it?
Jack: Yes, yes it is.
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Performed by London Symphony Orchestra and The Choir of Magdalen College Oxford
Directed by Grayston Ives
Soloists Daniel Cochlin & Daren Geraghty
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Spellbinding ride through the Shadowlands
26 June 1999 | by millennia-2See 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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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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