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The Girl (1996)

In mid-19th century Northumberland , Hannah Boyle is left with the family of Matthew Thornton, the man her dying mother claims fathered her. Ill-treated by Thornton's bitter and vindictive ... See full summary »

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David Wheatley

Writers:

Catherine Cookson, Gordon Hann (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Siobhan Flynn ... Hannah Boyle
Jonathan Cake ... Ned Ridley
Mark Benton ... Fred Loam
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Mrs. Daisy Loam
Jill Baker ... Anne Thornton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kerry Angus Kerry Angus ... Dickinson
David Auker ... Walters
Charlotte Barrymore Charlotte Barrymore ... Young Margaret
Oliver Cheetham Oliver Cheetham ... John Thornton
Jon Croft Jon Croft ... Mr. Beaumont
Denny Ferguson Denny Ferguson ... Dapper Man
Scott Frazer Scott Frazer ... Dandy Smollett
James Garbutt James Garbutt ... Grandad
Donald Gee Donald Gee ... Reverend Crewe
Daphne Goddard Daphne Goddard ... Miss Barrington
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In mid-19th century Northumberland , Hannah Boyle is left with the family of Matthew Thornton, the man her dying mother claims fathered her. Ill-treated by Thornton's bitter and vindictive wife Anne, who views Hannah only as evidence of her husband's infidelity, she is married off to the village butcher, whose waspish mother torments her further. But through her patience, intelligence and strength, she wins her freedom and the man she loves. Written by Debbie Vanderwerff

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Release Date:

16 February 1996 (UK) See more »

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Catherine Cookson's The Girl See more »

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Another Catherine Cookson classic
15 July 2013 | by qljsystemsSee all my reviews

A good story never fades or ages, and that can be said for all of the movie-versions of Catherine Cookson's powerful novels. In spite of this movie being almost 20 years old, the power of its story and the depiction of the mean-hearted, neglectful wealthy and the struggles of the poor in Britain's North East, the hallmark setting of a Catherine Cookson story, remains timeless. Like all the movie-realizations of her novels, we're shown an almost green-and-pleasant England with its fair share of cruelty, nobility, non-starry-eyed romance, and tragedy transforming into personal triumph. All 2+ hours of this story will fly past in almost no time leaving you sorry that you reached the end.


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