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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)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eileen Atkins ... Judith Starkadder
Kate Beckinsale ... Flora Poste
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 ... 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 (Kate Beckinsale), recently orphaned, and left with only one hundred pounds sterling 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Miriam Margolyes had previously played Mrs Beetle in a BBC Radio adaptation of the novel in 1981. 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

Flora Poste: When I am 53, I hope to write a novel as good as "Persuasion," but in a modern setting.
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Crazy Credits

The copyright at the end of this movie is listed as "MCMXV", which translates to 1915. The movie was copyrighted in 1995, so the numerals should read "MCMXCV". See more »


Soundtracks

Sidewalks of Cuba
Rumba from "Cotton Club Parade"
Composed by Ben Oakland (as Oakland) / Mitchell Parish / Irving Mills (as Mills)
Published by EMI Music
Arrangement by Robert Lockhart
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"I'd take the old woman as well -- but she's so gloomy!"
6 September 2004 | by dennisayersSee all my reviews

This film was produced for BBC television but had a theatrical release the next year -- probably to take advantage of the popularity of all those Jane Austen movies (Emma, Persuasion, et. al.) It is not a Jane Austen story, but it is a sort of genial romance/comedy of manners (set in the early 1930's?) with a plucky, bright, but penniless heroine. The book it was based on was actually a parody of Gothic romance fiction. Even though this movie is played for laughs (and has many), it still manages to make you care for the characters. Everything works here and (editing, cinematography, performances) and you really appreciate what the director, John Schlesinger, managed to do on a probably skimpy budget.

This movie was the first I ever saw of Kate Beckinsale and I thought she was fantastic in it. I remained a fan for a long while, even though her subsequent movie performances (and choices) have been awful. She finally lost me with her recent laughable turn in Van Helsing. Nevertheless, she WAS good in Cold Comfort Farm, so if you're no fan of Beckinsale don't let that dissuade you from seeing this movie.

Other standouts in the cast are Eileen Atkins, Rufus Sewell, and Ian McKellen who is screamingly funny as a fire and brimstone preacher.

This film is definitely worth having on video or DVD in that it bears up very well to repeated viewings. I've seen it at least 5 times since its release, and my estimation of it rises with each viewing.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,427, 12 May 1996

Gross USA:

$5,682,429

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,682,429
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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