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A stonemason steadfastly pursues a cousin he loves. However their love is troubled as he is married to a woman who tricked him into marriage and she is married to a man she does not love.

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Hossein Amini (screenplay), Thomas Hardy (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Eccleston ... Jude Fawley
Kate Winslet ... Sue Bridehead
Liam Cunningham ... Phillotson
Rachel Griffiths ... Arabella
June Whitfield ... Aunt Drusilla
Ross Colvin Turnbull Ross Colvin Turnbull ... Little Jude
James Daley James Daley ... Jude as a Boy
Berwick Kaler ... Farmer Troutham
Sean McKenzie Sean McKenzie ... 1st Stone Mason
Richard Albrecht Richard Albrecht ... 2nd Stone Mason
Caitlin Bossley Caitlin Bossley ... Anny
Emma Turner ... Sarah
Lorraine Hilton Lorraine Hilton ... Shopkeeper
James Nesbitt ... Uncle Joe
Mark Lambert Mark Lambert ... Tinker Taylor
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A stonemason steadfastly pursues a cousin he loves. However their love is troubled as he is married to a woman who tricked him into marriage and she is married to a man she does not love. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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It's a difficult question for any man to answer... Whether to follow his dreams no matter what... Or to give in slowly and let life lead you where it will. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and intense depictions of death and birth | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

18 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Джуд See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,850, 20 October 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$405,144, 22 December 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Christopher Eccleston (Jude Fawley) and David Tennant (Drunk Undergraduate) both later portrayed the Doctor in Doctor Who (2005). The former played the Ninth Doctor from March to June 2005 while the latter played the Tenth Doctor from June 2005 to January 2010. See more »

Quotes

Sue Bridehead: Please don't call me a clever girl, Mr. Phillotson, there are too many of us about these days.
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An imperfect adaptation but powerful film in its own right
11 April 2004 | by oecumenixSee all my reviews

This is not a film for Hardy purists, nor is it for the faint-hearted. No two-hour adaptation could do complete justice to Hardy's final work, and many of the themes of religion, education and society are pared down in favour of the tragic central relationship between the eponymous Jude and his cousin Sue.

Eccleston and the then up-and-coming Winslet are superb as the on-off couple, lifting the film despite some patchy directing. The passage of time and emotion is dealt with heavy-handedly (albeit faithfully) by Winterbottom, but this is in contrast to some beautiful and touching set-pieces. This is where the film excels, especially in the bold decision to cut the final stage of their relationship in favour of a powerfully bleak ending in which the audience, along with Jude, is left with little closure.

No happy endings here, then, and those of fragile stock should be warned that, despite being visually underplayed, the pivotal scene is played with a brutal tragedy which makes it no less shocking.

Finally, I feel the score should be given special mention: this was Adrian Johnston's first major work but it succeeds as an evocation of tenderness, piety and sorrow, especially in the final two scenes of the film.


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