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Poldark (1996)

TV-PG | | Drama, History | TV Movie 3 October 1996
Ross Poldark returns from war to right wrongs and reunite with the love of his life.


Richard Laxton


Winston Graham (novel), Robin Mukherjee
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bowe ... Ross Poldark
Mel Martin ... Demelza
Michael Attwell ... George Warleggan
Ioan Gruffudd ... Jeremy Poldark
Kelly Reilly ... Clowance Poldark
Nicholas Gleaves ... Stephen Cravenson
Gabrielle Lloyd ... Jane Gimlet
Sarah Carpenter Sarah Carpenter ... Lady Harriet
Hans Matheson ... Ben Carter
Amanda Ryan ... Cuby Trevanion
James Saxon James Saxon ... Prince Regent
Nicholas Rowe ... Lord Edward Fitzmaurice
Andrew Readman ... Dr. Dwight Enys
Fiona Victory ... Caroline Enys
Patrick Pearson Patrick Pearson ... Canning


British officer Ross Poldark returns to his native Cornwall after the Revolutionary War after escaping as a prisoner of war. He finds that because he was believed dead, his home has fallen into ruin and his estate has shifted to his mercenary uncle following the death of his father. His uncle has committed to selling the family copper and tin mines to a ruthless local land baron while his former fiancee has agreed to marry his cousin in his absence.

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Release Date:

3 October 1996 (UK) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The dark velvet Spencer with white frog closures worn by Sarah Carpenter (Lady Harriet) while reading George Warleggan's letter is the same costume worn by Natasha Little (Becky Sharp) while speaking to Mr. Wenham in the street in Vanity Fair (1998), and by Romola Garai (Emma Woodhouse) in church in Emma (2009). See more »


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Just awful
31 December 2014 | by benbrae76See all my reviews

I really looked forward to seeing this movie, but what disappointment and a waste of time it turned out to be.

Of all the feature films which follow a great series, this has got to be one of the worst I've ever seen.

It is so disjointed as to be utterly tedious, as is the plot. Miscasting abounds, and both acting and dialogue are dead and lifeless as is the direction. There is very little, indeed none, of the fire of the original characters on display here. In short it is a complete disaster.

Winston Graham is a wonderful writer, ergo I can't imagine or believe that he wrote the screenplay for this drivel.

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