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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

Writers:

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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Stereo

Color:

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 La donna in bianco (1980) See more »

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Worse than I remembered
24 September 2010 | by paultait36See all my reviews

I watched this a few years ago and then again today. I had forgotten quite how badly it butchers Collins' story. Some of the omissions (e.g. some important characters simply fail to appear) might be justified on length grounds but some of the changes seem entirely pointless - why do Laura and Marian (Collins' spelling, by the way) share their father instead of their mother? Why does Walter meet the Woman in White near Limmeridge instead of near London? And many, many more. The reason I watched it today was to compare it with the 1982 TV serialisation which I have just acquired on DVD and which is virtually 100% faithful to the book and much more worth watching. The only enjoyable feature of the 1997 version was seeing Ian Richardsom reprise his role as Mr Fairlie.


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