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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.

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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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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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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 »

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Production Co:

Granada Television, WGBH See more »
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Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

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

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Beats the Julie Christie version by a mile!
20 December 1998 | by Jen-49See all my reviews

I didn't think it was possible. I'd always loved the 1967 Julie Christie version with Alan Bates as the upright shephard Gabriel Oak. But having seen this version, then reading the book (amazingly readable) and re-watching the 1967 version, I definitely give my vote to Nathaniel Parker as my favorite Gabriel. (OK, so he's even cuter than Alan Bates circa 1967, so that part's a no-brainer!)

Seriously, comparing the two versions and the book (which is more Gabriel Oak's story), it is obvious how the Alan Bates part in the 1967 version was butchered to create more screentime for Terrance Stamp and Peter Finch as well as Julie Christie. It also became apparent to me that Julie Christie was too old for the part. Paloma Baeza is much more realistic (and likeable) as the headstrong, impetuous Bathsheba. I also liked the fact that there seemed to be more passion seething just beneath Gabriel Oak's surface veneer than in the 1967 version. The final scenes where she accepts his proposal and post-wedding are a lot more passionate (still without a single kiss, alas!) than the cool (dispassionate) ending of the 1967 version.


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