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The Woman in White (1997)

Unrated | | Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 5 April 1998
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

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

Aspect Ratio:

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

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Version of The Woman in White (1948) See more »

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Entertaining enough but lacks subtlety
18 February 2009 | by KIM_HARRISSee all my reviews

This film adaptation is a real missed opportunity. The cast is good and does its best with the screenplay but the subtlety of Collins's novel is largely lost. It is quite possible to see why the format of the original novel would require some structural changes but quite why the makers of the film felt it necessary to change so much in the plot is frankly a mystery.

It feels like they had decided who they wanted to play the parts and changed the story accordingly. Marian Holcombe is portrayed by Collins as having an ugly and masculine face; Tara Fitzgerald has anything but so they changed the character. Why change her name to Marian Fairlie? Sir Percival Glyde is too young and Fosco too thin.

Ah well, it's entertaining enough but like so many adaptations, you will be disappointed if you know the book. Out of curiosity I must now try to find copies of the other adaptations to see how they fare.


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