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Tom's Midnight Garden (1999)

Unrated | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 13 October 2000 (UK)
Young Tom Long is forced to stay with his kindly Aunt and Uncle while his brother recovers from a bout of the measles. At their flat, he is disappointed to find there is no garden to play ... See full summary »

Director:

Willard Carroll

Writers:

Willard Carroll (screenplay), Philippa Pearce (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Le Vaillant Nigel Le Vaillant ... Thomas Long (adult)
Marlene Sidaway ... Doris Schuster
Serena Gordon Serena Gordon ... Melody Long
Alfie Lawrence Alfie Lawrence ... Harriet Long
Mel Martin ... Alice Long
Greta Scacchi ... Aunt Gwen Kitson
James Wilby ... Uncle Alan Kitson
Anthony Way Anthony Way ... Tom Long
Nick Robinson Nick Robinson ... Peter Long
Liz Smith ... Mrs. Willows
Arlene Cockburn Arlene Cockburn ... Susan the Maid
Tom Bowles Tom Bowles ... Mr. Ferguson
Joan Plowright ... Mrs. Bartholomew
David Bradley ... Abel
Stuart Piper Stuart Piper ... Hubert
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Storyline

Young Tom Long is forced to stay with his kindly Aunt and Uncle while his brother recovers from a bout of the measles. At their flat, he is disappointed to find there is no garden to play in; but his disappointment turns to wonder when he discovers a magical garden which only appears at night when an old grandfather clock strikes thirteen. His nightly excursions to this beautiful garden become even more interesting when he realises that the people he meets cannot see him - except one young girl named Hattie. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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It was a special time... and a special place


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UK | USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gradina de la miezul noptii See more »

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BS24, Hyperion Pictures See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It features a scene or two filmed in and near to Ely Cathedral in Ely Cambridgeshire See more »

Quotes

[talking about Hatty]
James: Why do you hate her so much?
Aunt Melbourne: I hate her because it's so easy for the rest of you to love her.
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Connections

Version of Tom's Midnight Garden (1974) See more »

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After Always
Written by Debbie Wiseman & Don Black
Performed by Barbara Dickson & Miriam Stockley
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A beautiful film, subtle and thought-provoking
23 November 2001 | by osherSee all my reviews

Unlike many films of this nature, this film does not spend ages character building before launching into the story. The pre-story is short, with the film being plot driven. The characters are not explored in depth, instead it is the relationship between Tom and Hatty that is the focus.

That is not to say that you do not feel for the characters, the empathy is there. Like the best films, not everything is explained, and it is for you to discover it for yourself, leaving you with the desire to say your discovery to the characters. Slowly you become drawn into Tom's world.

The settings are beautiful, the characters are generally well acted, and the ending, whilst obvious, is still wonderful. Warning: may lead to tears !

I would, without question, recommend this film. It appeals to everyone from children to adults, and works on a few different levels.


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