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Shadowlands (1993)

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C.S. Lewis (Sir Anthony Hopkins), a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets spirited poet Joy Gresham (Debra Winger) from the U.S.

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William Nicholson (screenplay), William Nicholson (play)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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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oxford | england | friend | book | author | See All (69) »

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Based on a true story. See more »


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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tierra de sombras See more »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,842,000
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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Joy Gresham's husband was William Lindsay Gresham, an author whose best known work was made into a movie with Tyrone Power, Nightmare Alley (1947). See more »

Goofs

Both the picture of the Golden Valley hanging in Jack's study, and the actual vista Jack and Joy find on their honeymoon are in fact the view of the Wye Valley from Symonds Yat - as the woman in the hotel says, the Golden Valley is that of the River Dore. See more »

Quotes

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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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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Condescending
5 August 2002 | by RexRowanSee all my reviews

Shadowlands portrays Lewis as a naive old bachelor with little experience of life, sheltered if not positively shallow. But you tell me: when he was 10 his mother died; when he was in his late teens he entered the army, endured trench warfare, and was wounded; he saw his best friend killed in battle; honoring a pledge, he moved in with the friend's mother and sister and supported them for many years; he had a sexual relationship with his friend's mother, and although she was an extremely difficult woman he remained with her until her death; and during all these years his much-beloved brother Warnie was a binge drinker who often ended up face down in the gutter. Does this sound like a sheltered life to you? I can't speak for anyone but myself, but this strikes me as a pretty full life - he'd gone through more by the age of 25 than I have at 45. Lewis loved Joy Davidman, and she brought something important to his life. But to say he needed her to become a Real Human Being is condescension of the worst sort, and this aspect of Shadowlands's script is a kind of slander (perhaps a backhanded slap at Lewis's Christianity, which is "obviously" childish and unrealistic?).


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