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The Woman in White (1997)

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Based upon Wilkie Collins Victorian mystery, the gothic tale tells of a pair of half sisters whose lives end up caught in a grand conspiracy revolving around a mentally ill woman dressed in... See full summary »

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Tim Fywell

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Wilkie Collins (novel), David Pirie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tara Fitzgerald ... Marian Fairlie
Justine Waddell ... Laura Fairlie
Andrew Lincoln ... Walter Hartright
Susan Vidler ... Anne Catherick
John Standing ... Mr. Gilmore
Adie Allen ... Margaret Porcher
Ian Richardson ... Mr. Fairlie
James Wilby ... Sir Percival Glyde
Ann Bell ... Mrs. Rideout
Anne Etchells Anne Etchells ... Liza
Timothy Carlton ... Glyde's Lawyer
Simon Callow ... Count Fosco
Tony Spooner Tony Spooner ... Glyde's Servant
Sean Gleeson Sean Gleeson ... Glyde's Servant
Kika Markham ... Madame Fosco
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Based upon Wilkie Collins Victorian mystery, the gothic tale tells of a pair of half sisters whose lives end up caught in a grand conspiracy revolving around a mentally ill woman dressed in white. As the story unfolds, murder, love, marriage, and greed stand between the two women and happy lives. Their only hope is the secret the woman in white waits to tell them. Written by Max Vaughn

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Not all villans wear black

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Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A fehér ruhás nő See more »

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Ian Richardson plays the same role in both this and an earlier adaptation of the story: The Woman in White (1982). See more »

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Version of Die Frau in Weiß (1971) See more »

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One of the greatest thrillers ever compressed into a TV film without failure.
23 September 2017 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is one of those great novels that cannot be corrupted by the screening of it, no matter how much you alter in the book to fit it into a picture, as the plot itself, the skeleton of the story, is unavoidable and carries it all no matter what you cut out of the flesh or add to it. Tara Fitzgerald and Andrew Lincoln as the main characters are convincing enough, although different from the book, while Simon Callow as Count Fosco, although his appearance is brief in comparison with the book, gets the place in the sun as the central hub of intrigue, one of the most classical and irresistible villains in literature.

But the main asset of this TV film version is the quiet mood and the excellent composition of the pictures - many scenes are just like Victorian paintings, and a painting actually is made to play almost like a red thread through the film.

The finale, although completely different from the book, makes the film dramatic enough though, and the only thing you really lack in this film version is the high intensity of the book building up a tension that makes the finale triumphant in its karmic justice.

They say the 1982 version is better. It is to be noted that Ian Richardson plays in both versions. It will be interesting to find it somewhere.


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