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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.

Director:

Richard Laxton

Writers:

Winston Graham (novel), Robin Mukherjee
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Drama | History

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1996 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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HTV See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The sheer brown gown with white embroidery worn by a guest at the London ball is the same costume worn by Faith Brook (Countess Rostova) in War & Peace (1972), by an extra at the London Ball in Poldark: Episode #2.2 (1977), and by Kelly Hunter (Lady Steyne) at the Prince Regent's party in Vanity Fair (2004). See more »

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15 December 2003 | by KashmahalSee all my reviews

The old Poldark afficiandos regard this as a blasphemy. But I've noticed some reviews on Amazon that are a little less anorak and a little more objective, some of which are fairly favourable, one or two very much so. On its own terms it does have flaws. The book on which it is based is more an old man's ruminations than a story and any adaptation was going to run into problems. That said, the cast is great (the much-missed originals might well have floundered with their mannered performances, okay in the seventies but ... well ...), the locations and design are quite stunning and the story sort of lopes along a bit erratically but there are some good scenes. Laxton directs with finesse, in my view, and the script is more elegantly poetic than I think its audience was expecting. It does end rather suddenly but this was probably meant as a pilot to a series. On reflection, the stories are resolved, in a way, but leave something to the viewer to work out. Probably far too ambitious considering its natural constituency and in the end, possibly a compromise between something new and pandering to the old. It couldn't win. But it's actually a good piece of work. Congratulations all round.


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