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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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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)  »

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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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This was Michael Denison's final film before his death on July 22, 1998, at the age of eighty-two. See more »

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

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Harry: Christopher can scoff, Jack, but I know how hard you've been praying; and now God is answering your prayers.
C. S. Lewis: That's not why I pray, Harry. I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God, it changes me.
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Toccata and Fugue in D
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Attenborough's best directorial effort.
24 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film is Richard Attenborough's best directed film. Unlike Gandhi, it had no ambitions of being a grand scale historical epic. It actually played to Attenborough's strengths as a director, which are story and character development. Of course some fantastic performances from some great actors helped him out immensely. Debra Winger was nominated for an Oscar, and she was great, but we already saw her play the same disease in Terms of Endearment. Anthony Hopkins should have received an Oscar nomination for his incredible multi-layered turn as C. S. Lewis. His lifelong bachelor that falls in love and then questions his own theological beliefs when he grieves is the polar opposite of his most famous role, Hannibal Lechter, and yet he is just as convincing. With Hopkins in the lead, and Attenborough's attention to detail, this movie is one of the most overlooked films on every top 100 list, or in the case of this site, top 250 list. If you like movies that have stories, characters, and atmosphere, this is for you. 8 of 10.


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