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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 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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Drama | Romance

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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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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Very good adaptation of Thomas Hardy's favourite novel
28 January 2003 | by Jonathon DabellSee all my reviews

Thomas Hardy wrote such classics as Tess of the D'Urbervilles and The Mayor of Casterbridge, yet he always maintained that his best work was the often overlooked The Woodlanders. This film version is first-rate. I saw it a week after I saw the mega-budget Titanic, and I actually found this film more moving and more engaging that the costly James Cameron epic.

The story is faithful to the book, but omits some of the peripheral details. It's about a young woman who returns to a close knit woodland community after several years away. In that time, she has become an educated lady, and she finds it quite difficult to relate to the people she once grew up with, having experienced wider and more varied cultures. Her childhood sweetheart is a simple woodcutter, and she feels that she is now too "good" for him, so she forsakes her fondness for him and marries a wealthy and educated doctor, with tragic consequences.

The film was filmed in the New Forest (a gorgeous area of England) and it is a visual treat from first frame to last. The scenery is simply ravishing. Furthermore, the performances are very thoughtful and persuasive, complementing the sharp and carefully worked out script. This is definitely one of the best adaptations of a Thomas Hardy novel, and it can stand alongside Polanski's Tess and Schlesinger's Far From the Madding Crowd with its head held high.


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