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Wuthering Heights (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 18 October 1998
Mistreated foundling Heathcliff and his stepsister Catherine fall in love, but when she marries a wealthy man, he becomes obsessed with getting revenge, even well into the next generation.


David Skynner


Emily Brontë (novel), Neil McKay




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Cavanah ... Heathcliff
Peter Davison ... Joseph Lockwood
Orla Brady ... Cathy
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Joseph
Matthew Macfadyen ... Hareton Earnshaw
Sarah Smart ... Catherine Linton
Kadie Savage Kadie Savage ... Young Cathy
Ken Kitson ... Mr. Earnshaw
Kevin Knapman Kevin Knapman ... Young Hindley (as Kevin Jones)
Terry Clynes Terry Clynes ... Young Heathcliff
Polly Hemingway ... Nelly Dean
Ian Shaw ... Hindley
Catherine Chesire Catherine Chesire ... Frances
Flora Montgomery ... Isabella
David Maybrick ... Gaddick


Gipsy boy Heathcliffe is adopted by a god-fearing landowner in northern England and grows up as the soul-mate of the daughter, Cathy Earnshaw. When father dies, stern son Hindley returns and bans Heathcliffe to the stables; when they spy upon their upper class neighbors, Edgar Linton sends the dogs upon them and chases Heath but starts an affair -love comes only from him- with her. When Hindley's socialite wife Frances dies in childbirth, he is completely embittered, becomes a drunk unable to care for his son Hareton and has to sell Wuthering Hights- to Heathcliffe. After a misunderstanding Cathy marries Linton, Heath retorts by a loveless match with his sister. Even Cathy's death doesn't stop the cycle of spite, grief and harm so it poisons the next generation's lives as well while she keeps haunting Heathcliffe... Written by KGF Vissers

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Two hearts that beat as one


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25 February 2007 | by kgm3See all my reviews

A wonderful, faithful adaptation, the 1998 version of Wuthering Heights captures all the romance, brutality and passion of the novel. Orla Brady is stunning as Cathy and truly captures the character, particularly towards the end of the story. Robert Cavanah is also wonderful as Heathcliff, the story's complex (and challenging to play, I'm sure) antihero. The rest of the performances are emotionally charged as well, and no one seems to fall short. One of the great things about this story is how real and complex its characters are. No one is totally angelic or demonic, -good people are driven to do terrible things, and the worst of people love more passionately than all the others. It is a dark, beautiful story, filled with romance and suffering. For fans of the novel, this is the most faithful adaptation I have found, and for those of you who have not read the book, it is a beautiful, moving film.

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18 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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