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A Tale of Two Cities 

Two men, one an aristocrat, and one a drunken lawyer, fall in love with the same woman during the early stages of the French Revolution.
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James Wilby ...  Sydney Carton 2 episodes, 1989
Xavier Deluc ...  Charles Darnay 2 episodes, 1989
Serena Gordon Serena Gordon ...  Lucie Manette 2 episodes, 1989
John Mills ...  Jarvis Lorry 2 episodes, 1989
Jean-Pierre Aumont ...  Dr. Alexandre Manette 2 episodes, 1989
Anna Massey ...  Miss Pross 2 episodes, 1989
Kathy Kriegel Kathy Kriegel ...  Madame Defarge 2 episodes, 1989
Alfred Lynch ...  Jerry Cruncher 2 episodes, 1989
Gérard Klein ...  Monsieur Defarge 2 episodes, 1989
Jonathan Adams ...  Stryver 2 episodes, 1989
Karl Johnson ...  Barsad 2 episodes, 1989
Marie Bunel ...  Peasant Girl 2 episodes, 1989
Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus Gilles Gaston-Dreyfus ...  Road Mender / ... 2 episodes, 1989
François Lalande François Lalande ...  Gabelle 2 episodes, 1989
Claude Le Saché Claude Le Saché ...  Aristocrat / ... 2 episodes, 1989
André Maranne André Maranne ...  Aristocrat / ... 2 episodes, 1989
Nicolas Serreau Nicolas Serreau ...  Jacques 2 episodes, 1989
Jean-Pierre Stewart Jean-Pierre Stewart ...  Public Prosecutor / ... 2 episodes, 1989
Michel Subor ...  Le père de Darnay 2 episodes, 1989
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Two men, one an aristocrat, and one a drunken lawyer, fall in love with the same woman during the early stages of the French Revolution.

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21 May 1989 (UK) See more »

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(video) | (3 episodes)

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Not the best version but still very good
4 October 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Of the six adaptations of A Tale of Two Cities seen, in personal ranking this one is number 3, number 1 is the 1935 film and number 2 is the 1958 film. The Paul Shelley adaptation is very good on the most part, Chris Sarandon's is decent while the Burbank Films Australia animated adaptation is the only one below average. This mini-series is not perfect, the biggest flaw is the execution of the mob scenes which are under-populated, unexciting and tension-less, almost too polite. Some of the hair-styles are on the wacky and anachronistic side(too 80s-looking). The costumes and sets are accurate and are rendered lovingly, and helped by the fluid photography. The music is haunting, beautiful and emotional, especially in the poignant final scene. There is also a very literate and thoughtfully adapted script and the direction is mostly competent apart from the mob scenes. The adaptation is faithful to Dickens' very concise if initially complicated book while not forgetting to give the storytelling life. The tragedy is very affecting(the ending is a tear-jerker as it should be) and the suspenseful moments quite intense, Cruncher's funny moments are judged well. The acting is good on the most part. James Wilby, Xavier DeLuc and John Mills stood out. Wilby's Sydney Carton is handsome and movingly characterised, DeLuc is dashing and succeeds in not making a far less interesting character dull and Mills is wonderfully sympathetic that you are touched by his presence. Serena Gordon's Lucie is very tender, Kathy Kriegel is a very bat-out-of-hell Madame DuFarge, Anna Massey is perfect as Miss Pross, the Cruncher of Alfred Lynch is sly and hilarious, Jean-Pierre Aumont evokes sympathy too and Jean-Marc Bory is a creepy Evremonde. The idea to mix English and French actors was a great one and it paid off, something that it does better than the other adaptations. In conclusion, not perfect but a very good adaptation on the whole. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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