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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling 

The life, loves and adventures of the charming rascal Tom Jones, a foundling child born of a serving wench but allowed to grow up in the privileged surroundings of Squire Allworthy's ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
John Sessions ...  Henry Fielding 5 episodes, 1997
Benjamin Whitrow ...  Squire Allworthy 5 episodes, 1997
Ron Cook ...  Benjamin Partridge 5 episodes, 1997
Christopher Fulford ...  Mr. Square 5 episodes, 1997
Richard Ridings ...  Reverend Thwackum 5 episodes, 1997
Brian Blessed ...  Squire Western 5 episodes, 1997
Frances de la Tour ...  Aunt Western 5 episodes, 1997
Max Beesley ...  Tom Jones / ... 5 episodes, 1997
James D'Arcy ...  Blifil 5 episodes, 1997
Samantha Morton ...  Sophia Western 5 episodes, 1997
Brian Pettifer ...  Parson Supple 5 episodes, 1997
Kathy Burke ...  Honour 5 episodes, 1997
Sylvester McCoy ...  Mr. Dowling 4 episodes, 1997
Michelle Fairley ...  Mrs. Fitzpatrick 4 episodes, 1997
Camille Coduri ...  Jenny Jones 3 episodes, 1997
Celia Imrie ...  Mrs. Miller 3 episodes, 1997
Matt Bardock Matt Bardock ...  Jack Nightingale 3 episodes, 1997
Kelly Reilly ...  Nancy Miller 3 episodes, 1997
Lindsay Duncan ...  Lady Bellaston 3 episodes, 1997
Peter Capaldi ...  Lord Fellamar 3 episodes, 1997
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The life, loves and adventures of the charming rascal Tom Jones, a foundling child born of a serving wench but allowed to grow up in the privileged surroundings of Squire Allworthy's household. This position allows him to grow up with, make the acquaintance of and eventually fall in love with the beautiful daughter of his wealthy neighbour, Sophia Western. However, the path to true love rarely runs smooth and family pressure, the difference in their parentage and 18th century social custom prevent the young lovers from being together. Eventually both are forced out of their gentile, protected surroundings and into the great wide world to see what adventures real life might bring. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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5 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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| (3 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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While filming a scene in which their characters get into a physical confrontation, Brian Blessed actually punched Peter Capaldi in the face so hard he knocked him unconscious. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US release on A&E deleted several scenes from the original UK version, including some of the narrator's introductions, a few scenes with Blifil, and a brief (but graphic) sex scene. See more »

Connections

Version of Tom Jones (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Air XX, The Beggar's Opera: March in Rinaldo
Music composed by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Lyrics composed by John Gay
Vocals performed by Brian Blessed
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I loved this movie.
23 September 2000 | by pkghSee all my reviews

I was looking for an earlier version of this movie because I saw it mentioned in an article in Vogue (about a designer, I think it was Diane von Faustenberg, who modeled her wedding on this movie) and got the impression that it would have beautiful costumes. I rented this version without realizing it was the wrong one but I was not entirely disappointed.

The costumes were okay but it was the story I loved. It is such an interesting and engaging story and the acting was good. I couldn't wait to see what else could happen to poor Tom Jones next. I thought that Honor, the lady's maid was an exceptionally entertaining true character and that Benjamin Whitrow as the good squire was totally believable, he was the personification of a good sober man. The movie is long but I couldn't tear myself away from it. In a world of movies with weak plots this movie was hearty as stew. I'm going to try to find the 1960's version too.


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