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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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Desmond Arding
Roddy Maude-Roxby ...
Arnold Dopliss
Michael Denison ...
Andrew Seear ...
Bob Chafer
Tim McMullan ...
Nick Farrell
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Christopher Riley
Andrew Hawkins ...
Rupert Parrish
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Warnie Lewis
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Claude Bird
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Peter Whistler
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Frith
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Lieven
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Standish
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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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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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14 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 Richard Attenborough replaced Sydney Pollack as director. When he came on-board, he had Sir Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger in mind to play the lead roles. 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 »

Quotes

Harry: But she's not...
C. S. Lewis: Not my wife. No, how could she be? I'd have to love her, wouldn't I? She'd have to be more important to me than anything in the World. I'd have to be suffering the torments of the damned. The thought of losing her...
Harry: I'm so sorry, Jack. I didn't know.
C. S. Lewis: Neither did I, Harry.
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Remake of Shadowlands (1985) See more »

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Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)
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Written by Harry Dacre
A snatch is sung by Jack while they look for the Golden Valley
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Intelligent, Powerful, and Joyous
14 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

I probably watch this film every two years, yet like fine wine, it grows even better after time. This picture is a beautiful, thought provoking, and highly effective meditation on how love, death, god, joy, and pain all coexist in the strange universe that is life. With subject matter as complex as this, the viewer can see where one could easily become lost in C.S. Lewis's story, but "Shadowlands" never falters. The film remains quiet, simple, and highly effective through Attenborough's understated direction, and its cast's uniformly excellent performances.

However, what sits at the very core of "Shadowlands" beauty is its ultimate truth. There are moments in this film so full of genuine, unflynching emotion that its power practically hits the audience member in the gut. Yes, the film's magnificently depicted scenes of death and grieving never fail to jerk tears from my eyes, but Lewis's closing lines regarding the choices he made as a boy and a man make me sob.

"Shadowlands" is undoubtedly representative of filmaking at its very best. I recommend this film without reservation to anyone!


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