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Jude (1996)

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.

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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His World Could Never Change... Until She Became His World. 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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Helena Bonham Carter was considered for Sue Bridehead. See more »

Quotes

Sue: Why are you looking at me like that?
Jude Fawley: Does it scare you?
Sue: No. I am not afraid of any man.
Jude Fawley: Why?
Sue: Because no man would touch a woman unless she gives him reason to. A touch or a look that say come on. If you never look, they'll never come. You are the timid sex.
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Our friends in the west
18 April 2004 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

There are three common errors made by directors of historical films that Michael Winterbottom neatly avoids in 'Jude', his adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel. Firstly, he creates a picture of a livable past, not some shallow collage of country houses and Dickensian squalor but a world in which a normality, of sorts, might reign. Secondly, he sets out to explore that normality, instead of simply judging the past by present values. Finally, he is working with a script that is neither archaic and stiff nor laced with modern anachronisms. Add to this strong direction and casting (Christopher Ecclestone is excellent in the title role, and a young Kate Winslett fetchingly appealing as Sue), and the result is a good film; but it lacks something of a dramatic punch.

I haven't read the book, but one senses from the film that it may represent a fierce attack on then-contemporary values, particularly those involving marriage, values which drive the characters to their ultimate misfortune. One senses this, but in the movie this theme is played down, so the story seems merely to tell of the ups and downs of Jude's life, presented as fairly accidental happenings. A terrible tragedy eventually occurs; and, because of what has happened in the past, a second, avoidable, tragedy then follows. The problem, dramatically speaking, is that the second tragedy appears smaller than the first, thus the end of the film serves as an anti-climax. Without a unifying sense of accusation, we, instead of a powerful polemic, are left with only the tale of an unfortunate.

'Jude' is one of the better, and the least sentimental, of historical films. But something of the point has been lost in translation.


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