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The Woodlanders (1997)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 6 February 1998 (UK)
The story is set in late 19th century rural corner of South England. The daughter of timber merchant Melbury, Grace, returns to the town after finishing school. Her father now believes she ... See full summary »

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Phil Agland

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (novel), David Rudkin
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Cast

Credited cast:
Emily Woof ... Grace Melbury
Rufus Sewell ... Giles Winterbourne
Cal MacAninch ... Dr. Fitzpiers
Tony Haygarth ... Mr. Melbury
Jodhi May ... Marty South
Polly Walker ... Mrs. Charmond
Walter Sparrow ... Old Creedle
Sheila Burrell ... Grandma Oliver
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Agent
Robert Blythe Robert Blythe ... Young Timothy Tangs
Jon Croft Jon Croft ... John Upjohn
Michael Culkin ... Percombe
Vincent Franklin ... Stable Lad
Joanna Jeffrees Joanna Jeffrees ... Peasant Girl
Caroline John ... Housekeeper
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The story is set in late 19th century rural corner of South England. The daughter of timber merchant Melbury, Grace, returns to the town after finishing school. Her father now believes she can find a better husband than her childhood sweetheart, woodsman Giles. She marries handsome young doctor FitzPiers, but soon finds out he's not the man of her dreams and she still loves Giles. Written by Anonymous

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A timeless tale of passion and desire.

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Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Co do mnie czujesz? See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Marty South: Oh, Giles, if only you could tell your heart to be free.
Giles Winterbourne: You can't tell the heart. The heart hopes. Most of all where it's hopeless.
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A Wonderful Thomas Hardy discovery
1 November 2016 | by kijiiSee all my reviews

I have really discovered Thomas Hardy through wonderful movies like Tess (Tess of the d'Urbervilles) (1979), Far from the Madding Crowd (1967 & 2015) and the 1978 TV mini-series of The Mayor of Casterbridge as well as the 1971 TV mini-series , Jude the Obscure (1971).

This is also a wonderful discovery for those of us who have come to love movie versions of Thomas Hardy novels (or stories). It tells the story of a young woman who has been sent off to finishing school by her father so that she can rise above the level she has grown up in: the lower- class timber workers of the deep woods in 19th-century rural England.

Though she and a local woodlander had had an agreement to marry when they came of age, her father wants something better for her and encourages her to marry a local doctor who lives and practices in the village. She agrees to marry the doctor, but soon learns that he cannot stand the crude rustic manners of the local people.

This sets up a series of conflicts between her and her father as well as the way she feels about the life she had been raised in and the life that her father wants for her. I love the way the story unfolds as well as the dark (and often wet) sylvan atmosphere that it so capably captures and inhabits.


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