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Far from the Madding Crowd (1998)

A vain, pretty girl has recently taken over her uncle's farm. Her independent, naïve personality leaves her torn between the three men who wish to marry her.

Director:

Nicholas Renton

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (novel), Philomena McDonagh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paloma Baeza ... Bathsheba Everdene
Jonathan Firth ... Sergeant Frank Troy
Nigel Terry ... Mr. Boldwood
Gwynn Beech Gwynn Beech ... Simeon
Susan McArdle ... Girl
Natasha Little ... Fanny Robin
Stephen Tomlin Stephen Tomlin ... Jeweller
Brian Rawlinson Brian Rawlinson ... Parson Thirdly
Linda Bassett ... Maryann Money
Elizabeth Estensen Elizabeth Estensen ... Mrs. Coggan
Rhys Morgan Rhys Morgan ... Teddy Coggan
Nathaniel Parker ... Gabriel Oak
Phillip Joseph Phillip Joseph ... Jan Coggan
Robin Soans ... Henery Fray
Charles Simon Charles Simon ... Old Malter
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Storyline

Bathsheba Everdene, a young vain girl, has just taken over her uncle's farm. Her pretty face, wealth, and naive personality attracts three men who wish to marry her. Naïve and vain, she gets herself into a love tangle between them. As time passes and responsibilities pile up into a stressful mess, she begins to learn the hardships of life. Written by Dana

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Longe Deste Insensato Mundo See more »

Filming Locations:

Abbotsbury, Dorset, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television,WGBH See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Featured playing period music is the Mellstock Band, which also appeared in Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1998). See more »

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Version of Tamara Drewe (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Seeds of Love
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Traditional
Collected by Cecil J. Sharp (Somerset England, 1903)
[Joseph Poorgrass tries to sing]
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a word from a native
5 November 1998 | by reg-4See all my reviews

As a native of 'Hardy country', I feel I have a duty to comment on this production. I, as with many other people in England, eagerly awaited this series, and I have to say I was not disappointed. As us English have come to expect from our television dramas, the locations and costumes were fantastic, but this has the added bonus of an extremely accomplished screenplay. Also, the acting is superb. The accents, one of the major stumbling blocks to American acceptance, are accurate enough to satisfy English viewers (including those with the same accent!), while at the same time allowing American viewers to understand the dialogue. Particular praise should, I feel, go to Nathaniel Parker, who has achieved something very spectacular, in eclipsing Alan Bates' 1967 performance as the faithful shepherd Gabriel Oak. All in all, a feast of Wessex magic which can be enjoyed by all. Nice one.


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