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Tom & Viv (1994)

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In 1915, T.S. (Tom) Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood elope, but her longstanding gynecological and emotional problems disrupt their planned honeymoon. Her father is angry because Tom's poetry ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... Tom Eliot
Miranda Richardson ... Vivienne Haigh-Wood
Rosemary Harris ... Rose Haigh-Wood
Tim Dutton ... Maurice Haigh-Wood
Nickolas Grace ... Bertrand Russell
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Harwent
Clare Holman ... Louise Purdon
Philip Locke ... Charles Haigh-Wood
Joanna McCallum ... Virginia Woolf
Joseph O'Conor ... Bishop of Oxford
John Savident ... Sir Frederick Lamb
Michael Attwell ... W.I. Janes
Sharon Bower Sharon Bower ... Secretary
Linda Spurrier Linda Spurrier ... Edith Sitwell
Roberta Taylor ... Ottoline Morrell
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Storyline

In 1915, T.S. (Tom) Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood elope, but her longstanding gynecological and emotional problems disrupt their planned honeymoon. Her father is angry because Tom's poetry doesn't bring in enough to live on, but her mother is happy Viv has found a tender and discreet husband. Written by mama.sylvia

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For better, for worse, forever.


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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

2 December 1994 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,968, 4 December 1994

Gross USA:

$538,534

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$538,534
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Features Rosemary Harris's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Quotes

Vivienne Haigh-Wood: Oh darling, you're going to have to learn to make an absolute arse of yourself. We're going to get married, be broke, we may even starve, it'll be absolute Hell. But it will be worth it because we have this love.
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Referenced in I Dreamt Under the Water (2008) See more »

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Tom & Viv & Willem & Miranda
17 March 2009 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

The Tom and Viv of the title are T.S. Eliot and his wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood, played by Willem Dafoe and Miranda Richardson in an Oscar-nominated performance.

I always come away from bio pics about artists thinking that the people around the artist would make a much more interesting subject for a film, because the artists themselves are usually rather dull. It's refreshing, then, that this film focuses much more on Vivienne and her struggles with mental illness than it does on the life of Eliot. The film's not entirely successful, but Richardson earned her Best Actress nomination and she's given able support by Rosemary Harris, who plays her mother in couple of brief scenes.

Grade: B


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