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The movie chronicles the struggles of Deric and Diana Longden, a happily married couple who try to cope with Diana's inexplicable degenerative disease which causes occasional paralysis of ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Loncraine

Writers:

Deric Longden (autobiographical books "Diana's Story" and "Lost For Words"), Jack Rosenthal
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Walters ... Diana Longden
Jim Broadbent ... Deric Longden
Thora Hird ... Deric's Mother
Sian Thomas ... Aileen Armitage
Dinah Handley Dinah Handley ... Hospital Receptionist
Peter Whitfield Peter Whitfield ... Fred
Candida Rundle Candida Rundle ... Nurse
Andrew Nicholson Andrew Nicholson ... Gerald
Martin Wenner ... Young Doctor
Graham Turner Graham Turner ... Postman
Andrew Lancel ... Nick Longden
Ann Rye Ann Rye ... Joan
Moya Brady Moya Brady ... Sheila
Carry Clubb Carry Clubb ... Factory Girl
Saima Chaudry Saima Chaudry ... Factory Girl
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Storyline

The movie chronicles the struggles of Deric and Diana Longden, a happily married couple who try to cope with Diana's inexplicable degenerative disease which causes occasional paralysis of her extremities and periodic blackouts. One day, while attending a literary luncheon, Deric meets Aileen Armitage, a woman novelist with whom he strikes up a close friendship. Diana soon discover their relationship and calls Aileen, asking to meet her. Written by Soulski

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1993 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wedding Gift See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$214,380
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In this TV adaptation, Aileen Armitage is described as living in Harrogate, whereas in real life (and in Deric Longden's book Diana's Story) she lives in Huddersfield. It is possible that Harrogate was chosen as being a more genteel and picturesque town, while still being within a driveable distance of Derbyshire where Deric and Diana lived. See more »

Quotes

[Deric is sitting with Diana in hospital]
Diana Longden: Go and have a smoke.
Deric Longden: I don't want one.
Diana Longden: You're not missing much.
Deric Longden: [kisses Diana] Oh, I don't know.
Diana Longden: Well go and have a beer then.
Deric Longden: I don't want a beer either.
Diana Longden: Well screw one of the nurses.
Deric Longden: Oh, all right (!)
Diana Longden: Only the one, mind - you've a train to catch.
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Connections

Followed by Lost for Words (1999) See more »

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An excellent film about life and life.
17 April 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

"The Wedding Gift" tells of a heroic couple's coming to grips with a crippling disease which slowly erodes the wife's health and stumps medical professionals. Believing her death to be imminent and out of love for her husband, the wife prearranges a replacement for herself. "TWG" is a well assembled, scripted, and acted British film with the look of an 8mm shoot based on a true story of a victim of a mysterious affliction which has since come to be known as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome. Not a downer flick, "TWG" is full of life and humor and an excellent watch for anyone, especially those with an affinity for British films.


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