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The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003)

At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day,... See full summary »

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David Thacker

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (novel), Ted Whitehead (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ciarán Hinds ... Michael Henchard (as Ciaran Hinds)
Juliet Aubrey ... Susan Henchard
Jodhi May ... Elizabeth Jane
James Purefoy ... Donald Farfrae
Polly Walker ... Lucetta Templeman
Darren Hawkes Darren Hawkes ... Auctioneer
Jean Marsh ... Furmity Woman
Michael Beint Michael Beint ... Coachman
Clive Russell ... Newson
John Surman John Surman ... Tent Auctioneer
Susan Jane Tanner Susan Jane Tanner ... Staylaces Dealer
Tony Haygarth ... Solomon Longways
David Bradley ... Councillor Vatt
Richard Moore Richard Moore ... Councillor Chalkfield
Elliot Head Elliot Head ... Waiter
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At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day, realizing his loss, he swears not to touch liquor again for as many years as he has lived so far. Eighteen years later, Henchard has become Mayor of Casterbridge, a man well respected but not well liked. The unexpected return of his wife and daughter Elizabeth Jane sets off a turn of events that force him to face the consequences of his selfish impulses and violent temper. Written by Raya Jacob

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Drama

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burmistrz Casterbridge See more »

Filming Locations:

Askerswell, Dorset, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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A must see for Victorian period drama fans
26 December 2004 | by =G=See all my reviews

Ciarán Hinds delivers a stunning performance as "The Mayor of Casterbridge", a poor agrarian man who, in a drunken state, sells his wife and child then swears off alcohol for 21 years only to find himself mayor of a village and embroiled in a confounding series of relationships for which he is ill equipped to handle. A fine TV flick adapted from a Thomas Hardy novel, "The Mayor...." fleshes out an enigmatic hard made man who struggles to reconcile a series of personal failures with his rigid code of right and wrong. A pleasant though somewhat depressing change from the usual Victorian dramas of pomp and plenty, "The Mayor..." is well worth a look for anyone into films of the period. (A)

Note - The DVD I watched had no CC's nor subtitles which made for a difficult time understanding some of the very thick brogues and burrs.


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