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Country Life (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 28 July 1995 (USA)
Adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" set in rural Australia in the 1920's. Jack Dickens and his niece Sally run the family farm to support brother-in-law Alexander as a (supposedly ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... Dr. Max Askey
Greta Scacchi ... Deborah Voysey
John Hargreaves ... Jack Dickens
Kerry Fox ... Sally Voysey
Michael Blakemore Michael Blakemore ... Alexander Voysey
Googie Withers ... Hannah
Patricia Kennedy Patricia Kennedy ... Maud Dickens
Ron Blanchard Ron Blanchard ... Wally Wells
Robyn Cruze Robyn Cruze ... Violet
Maurie Fields ... Fred Livingstone
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ... Mr. Pettinger
Tony Barry ... Logger
Terry Brady Terry Brady ... Logger
Tom Long Tom Long ... Billy Livingstone
Rob Steele Rob Steele ... James


Adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" set in rural Australia in the 1920's. Jack Dickens and his niece Sally run the family farm to support brother-in-law Alexander as a (supposedly brilliant) literary critic in London. Action begins when Alexander returns with his beautiful young wife Deborah, revealing himself as an arrogant failure and wanting to sell the farm out from under Jack. Blakemore introduces themes about Australia's separation from England, as well as expanding the pacifist and ecological philosophies espoused by the local Doctor Max Askey. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sex-related scenes | See all certifications »






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28 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amours champêtres See more »


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1.85 : 1
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Film adaptation based on and including most of the cast of Michael Blakemore's National Theatre production of "Uncle Vanya". See more »


Sally Voysey: What have you two been doing?
Deborah Voysey: Nothing. Absolutely Nothing. We're bored to death.
Sally Voysey: Do something, then. Find something to do.
Deborah Voysey: Here? Good heavens -- what?
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First-rate film
12 March 2002 | by BurnKneeSee all my reviews

Usually, I dislike plays adapted to a place & time other than those the author intended. Country Life (the title is from Chekhov's subtitle for Uncle Vanya, Scenes from Country Life) is a rare exception. Placed in the Australian outback in the 1920s, aspects of the play, such as the old man's writings (here, trashy theatre criticism, some of which is quoted) are as worthless as his academic treatises in the play; veneration for London (true in much of Oz, even today) makes clearer the play's characters' veneration for Moscow; etc. Blakemore, a fine stage director, knows his Chekhov, knows how to get the most of his actors (all of whom are excellent) and, to my happy surprise, knows how to make a sparkling, engrossing film from a play by Chekhov, which is very difficult (Mikhalkov is the only other one who has done it, in An Unfinished Piece for Player Piano). A thoroughly delight

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