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Feast of July (1995)

After an abandoned young woman in late 19th Century England is taken in by a rural couple with three handsome sons, tragic consequences result.

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Christopher Menaul

Writers:

H.E. Bates (novel), Christopher Neame (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Embeth Davidtz ... Bella Ford
Tom Bell ... Ben Wainwright
Gemma Jones ... Mrs. Wainwright
James Purefoy ... Jedd Wainwright
Ben Chaplin ... Con Wainwright
Kenneth Anderson Kenneth Anderson ... Matty Wainwright
Greg Wise ... Arch Wilson
David Neal ... Mitchy Mitchell
Julian Protheroe Julian Protheroe ... Bowler-Hatted Man
Mark Neal Mark Neal ... Clerk at Shoe Factory
Tim Preece Tim Preece ... Preacher
Daphne Neville Daphne Neville ... Mrs. Mitchell
Charles De'Ath ... Billy Swaine
Colin Prockter Colin Prockter ... Man in Pub
Richard Hope ... Squire Wyman
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This romantic story, based on a novel by H.E. Bates and set in late 19th century England, rests on sibling rivalry for the affections of a woman who comes to live with their family by happenstance. In time, she decides to accept the marriage proposal of the youngest of the three sons, to the surprise of all. However, a man whom she had once loved and who had abandoned her (after making false promises) comes back into her life. The appearance of this scoundrel sets into motion a tragic series of events that eventually engulfs everyone. Written by infomond <infomond@concentric.net>

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There is no escape from the past.


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Rated R for brief violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosecha de julio See more »

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Gross USA:

$293,274
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Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Embeth Davidtz and Ben Chaplin started dating while they were making the film. See more »

Quotes

Jedd Wainwright: [to Bella] No, no, never say goodbye. It's too final.
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Summary: Beautifully filmed good story
4 July 2001 | by khatcher-2See all my reviews

In an almost quasi-Victorian style, and most certainly with a true Victorian setting, H.E.Bates' novel has been turned into a fine cinematographic production. Excellent interpretations by all concerned, not only the leading actors, lushly backed up by some truly splendid photography, this is a film which appeals to the senses of perceptive viewers.

Unfortunately the music score is not up to much, or perhaps I should say that you should not see this film expecting great orchestral and vocal music as Zbigniew Preisner has already given us in the trilogy `Trois Couleurs' or especially in the previous film `La Double Vie de Véronique' (1991).

H.E.Bates was first a serious novelist, giving us such splendid titles as `The Jacaranda Tree' and `The Purple Plain', both based on his wartime experiences in Burma (now called something like Myaungyi), and evidently `Feast of July' falls into this category. Unfortunately he then turned his hand to light frivolous reading with would-be attempts at hilarity, and he simply fell out of any serious reading list. Thoroughly recommend these two novels as they paint an authentic picture of people with real feelings and genuine jealousies and mistrust. Perhaps it is this characterisation that has been soundly transformed into a visual experience that makes `Feast of July' a thoroughly recommendable film. Near 7 out of 10.


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