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Cold Comfort Farm (1995)

A recently orphaned young woman goes to live with eccentric relatives in Sussex, where she sets about improving their gloomy lives.

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Malcolm Bradbury (screenplay), Stella Gibbons (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eileen Atkins ... Judith Starkadder
Kate Beckinsale ... Flora Poste
Sheila Burrell Sheila Burrell ... Ada Doom
Stephen Fry ... Mybug
Freddie Jones ... Adam Lambsbreath
Joanna Lumley ... Mrs. Mary Smiling
Ian McKellen ... Amos Starkadder
Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Beetle
Rufus Sewell ... Seth Starkadder
Ivan Kaye ... Reuben Starkadder
Jeremy Peters Jeremy Peters ... Urk
Maria Miles Maria Miles ... Elfine Starkadder
Christopher Bowen Christopher Bowen ... Charles Fairford
Louise Rea Louise Rea ... Meriam Beetle
Sophie Revell Sophie Revell ... Rennet
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Storyline

In England in the early 1930s, twenty-year-old Flora Poste, recently orphaned, and left with only one hundred pounds a year, goes to stay with distant relatives on Cold Comfort Farm. Everyone on the gloomy farm is completely around the twist, but Flora tries to sort everything out. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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She discovered a new branch of her family tree... the one with all the nuts.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief sensuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Em Busca da Felicidade See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,139,000, 19 July 1996

Gross USA:

$5,596,906, 4 October 1996
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, Mybug claims that a quote spoken by Flora can be attributed to Jane Austen. Kate Beckinsale, who plays Flora, has twice starred as an Austen heroine: as the titular character in Emma (1996) and as Lady Susan Vernon in Love & Friendship (2016). See more »

Goofs

Flora and Amos walk out of the farmstead to go to church. There are buildings and trees all around. Their conversation is continuous, but the next scene shows them walking straight up through a wide open field of grass with grain fields in the background. There's not a building in sight, and the only trees are in the far distance. See more »

Quotes

Ada Doom: There has always been Starkadders on Cold Comfort Farm.
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Connections

Version of Cold Comfort Farm (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Sails in the Sunset
Composed by Jimmy Kennedy (as Kennedy) / Will Grosz (as Williams)
Published by EMI Music/Redwood Music
Arrangement by Robert Lockhart
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This is the perfect movie.
15 February 2003 | by The_Moose_From_KansasSee all my reviews

Period, end of statement.

There are a few films that are so incredibly well done, so seamless, that they could be watched daily. Well, that *I* could watch daily.

This is one!

It never lags, it never sags.

It is funny, it is real.

It is touching, it is hopeful.

Kate Beckinsale started her career on such a high note with this early work!

The rest of the actors are simply perfect in their roles. Sim-ply perfect!


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