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The Return of the Native (1994)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 4 December 1994
Reddleman Diggory Venn drives slowly across the heath, carrying a hidden passenger in the back of his van. When darkness falls, the country folk light bonfires on the hills, emphasizing the pagan spirit of the heath and its denizens.

Director:

Jack Gold

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (novel), Robert W. Lenski (teleplay) (as Robert Lenski)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Eustacia Vye (as Catherine Zeta Jones)
Clive Owen ... Damon Wildeve
Ray Stevenson ... Clym Yeobright
Steven Mackintosh ... Diggory Venn
Claire Skinner ... Thomasin
Paul Rogers ... Captain Vye
Joan Plowright ... Mrs. Yeobright
Celia Imrie ... Susan Nunsuch
Richard Avery Richard Avery ... Humphrey
Peter Wight ... Timothy
Jeremy Peters Jeremy Peters ... Sam
Greg Saunders Greg Saunders ... Charley
John Boswall ... Granfer Cande
William Waghorn William Waghorn ... Christian Cande
Matthew Owens Matthew Owens ... Johnny
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Storyline

Reddleman Diggory Venn drives slowly across the heath, carrying a hidden passenger in the back of his van. When darkness falls, the country folk light bonfires on the hills, emphasizing the pagan spirit of the heath and its denizens.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Return of the Native (#44.1) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Diggory Venn works as a reddleman. He digs red ochre (clay), also known as ferric oxide, to be used as a red dye to mark sheep. See more »

Goofs

The story is set in 1842. When Susan Nunsuch is given a sixpence, a close-up of the coin shows it to bear the head of Elizabeth II (1952-present), not that of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). See more »

Connections

Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Foggy Dew
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by John Boswall
[Granfer Cande sings at the wedding'
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Heart Breaking
4 October 1999 | by Yaron-6See all my reviews

Now here is an example of how a movie can be worth to a novel it's based on. And if you didn't read the book first (like I didn't), it can break your heart. Because it's a TV movie it never received the full recognition it deserves. I think that had it been done in Hollywood, with all the whistles and bells, it would have been a hit, and Catherine Zeta Jones would have had her 1st academy award.

I've got to admit I am a Catherine Zeta Jones fan, but at the time I saw this movie on TV I never heard her name. She got here a chance to show her acting skills, and she took it with both hands. Eustacia Vye is so hypnotising and full of passion and dreams, and has such bad lack, it breaks your heart.


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