6.5/10
1,440
22 user 8 critic

Tom & Viv (1994)

Trailer
0:41 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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 »

Director:

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Restoration (1995)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The exiled royal physician to King Charles II devotes himself to helping Londoners suffering from the plague, and in the process falls in love with an equally poor woman.

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill, David Thewlis
Damage (1992)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée despite the dangers of discovery.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A young marchioness who loves the way of free-thinking and flatterers invites an author into her house who pretends to seduce her...

Director: Anna Maria Tatò
Stars: Ivan Bacciocchi, Jean-Claude Carrière, Axelle Cummings
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Hetty wakes on her 60th birthday and decides to become a private investigator. With assistance from a teenager called Geoffrey and her husband Robert, combined with her own common sense, Hetty is confident she can solve any case.

Stars: Patricia Routledge, Dominic Monaghan, Derek Benfield
Sweet Dreams (1985)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame.

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth
Blue Sky (1994)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Jessica Lange stars in a period drama about a family moving to a military base, and she quickly becomes part of a cover-up involving nuclear bomb tests.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Powers Boothe
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An impoverished woman who has been forced to choose between a privileged life with her wealthy aunt and her journalist lover, befriends an American heiress. When she discovers the heiress is attracted to her own lover and is dying, she sees a chance to have both the privileged life she cannot give up and the lover she cannot live without.

Director: Iain Softley
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Alex Jennings
Edit

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 Nickolas Grace ... Bertrand Russel
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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

For better, for worse, forever.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Том и Вив See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$538,534
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rosemary Harris and Willem Dafoe would later appear in the Spider-Man film trilogy directed by Sam Raimi, though they only share scenes in the first film. 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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Vivienne Haigh-Wood and T.S. Eliot
1 May 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Michael Hasting' play of the same title, was seen in New York at the Public theater in 1986. Edward Herrmann and Kate Nelligan played the leading roles. In a way, Mr. Herrmann bore a resemblance to Tom, something that in the film, William Dafoe, an excellent actor, stands in sharp contrast with what the real Eliot looked like. Having seen both the play and the film before, we took another look recently when it was shown on cable.

Brian Gilbert, the director, showed a sensitivity to the material. He had the advantage of using locales where the real Tom and Viv lived in England, thus producing an immediacy and intimacy that serves the film well.

Tom, was a man that loved his adopted country. He was a man in awe of the culture and traditions. In fact, he adopted them as they were his own. His entry into that world in which he wanted to belong came to him courtesy of Vivienne Haigh-Wood, an upper class young woman who had her share of physical problems that plays greatly in this story. Viv's problems exacerbated her marital problems with Tom, and her family. Evidently, her condition could have been helped if the doctors that treated her would have gone in another direction, as it's pointed out toward the end of the film by a physician that clearly understood her malady.

The film is worth a look because of the excellent Miranda Richardson's portrayal of Viv, a woman she captures well for our benefit. This is one of the best appearances by Ms. Richardson on the screen. William Dafoe's Tom gives the impression of being a complicated man. Rosemary Harris is another joy in the film as Viv's mother Rose. Tim Dutton and Nickolas Grace have some good moments in the film.

"Tom and Viv" will not disappoint because Brian Gilbert's fine direction.


25 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed