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Daniel Deronda 

Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness.
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Series cast summary:
Jodhi May ...  Mirah Lapidoth 4 episodes, 2002
Edward Fox ...  Sir Hugo Mallinger 4 episodes, 2002
Amanda Root ...  Mrs. Davilow 4 episodes, 2002
David Bamber ...  Lush 4 episodes, 2002
Celia Imrie ...  Mrs. Meyrick 4 episodes, 2002
Jamie Bamber ...  Hans Meyrick 4 episodes, 2002
Georgie Glen ...  Lady Mallinger 4 episodes, 2002
Hugh Dancy ...  Daniel Deronda 4 episodes, 2002
Romola Garai ...  Gwendolen Harleth 4 episodes, 2002
Hugh Bonneville ...  Henleigh Grandcourt 4 episodes, 2002
Allan Corduner ...  Herr Klesmer 3 episodes, 2002
Anna Steel Anna Steel ...  Catherine Arrowpoint 3 episodes, 2002
Greta Scacchi ...  Lydia Glasher 4 episodes, 2002
Nicholas Day ...  Lord Brackenshaw 3 episodes, 2002
Michael Elwyn ...  Mr. Arrowpoint 3 episodes, 2002
Delia Lindsay ...  Mrs. Arrowpoint 3 episodes, 2002
Kate Maberly ...  Kate Meyrick 3 episodes, 2002
Lisa Jackson Lisa Jackson ...  Mab Meyrick 3 episodes, 2002
Serena Martin Serena Martin ...  Phoebe Meyrick 3 episodes, 2002
Anna Popplewell ...  Fanny Davilow 3 episodes, 2002
Clarista Hoult Clarista Hoult ...  Mallinger girl #1 3 episodes, 2002
Emma Deigman Emma Deigman ...  Mallinger girl #2 3 episodes, 2002
Poppy Rogers Poppy Rogers ...  Mallinger girl #3 3 episodes, 2002
Lesley Stratton Lesley Stratton ...  Adelaide Cohen 2 episodes, 2002
Daniel Marks Daniel Marks ...  Jacob Cohen 2 episodes, 2002
Sarah Marks Sarah Marks ...  Rebecca Cohen 2 episodes, 2002
Joe Starrs Joe Starrs ...  Young Henleigh 3 episodes, 2002
Gillian Maguire Gillian Maguire ...  Bertha Davilow 2 episodes, 2002
Anna Maguire ...  Isobel Davilow 2 episodes, 2002
Nickolas Grace ...  Vandernoodt 2 episodes, 2002
Barbara Hershey ...  Contessa Maria Alcharisi 2 episodes, 2002
Michael Attwell ...  Rev. Gascoigne 2 episodes, 2002
Jordan Frieda Jordan Frieda ...  Rex Gascoigne 2 episodes, 2002
Marcus Baron Marcus Baron ...  Pash 2 episodes, 2002
Josh Cole Josh Cole ...  Mr. Clintock 2 episodes, 2002
Daniel Arden Daniel Arden ...  Gideon 2 episodes, 2002
Jacqueline Pearce ...  Baroness Langen 2 episodes, 2002
Stephanie Jacob Stephanie Jacob ...  Gadmere servant / ... 2 episodes, 2002
Diana Brooks Diana Brooks ...  Mrs. Cohen 1 episode, 2002
Richard Durden ...  Gentleman 1 episode, 2002
Daniel Evans ...  Mordecai 2 episodes, 2002
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It is across the roulette table that Gwendolen Harleth first locks eyes with the enigmatic Daniel Deronda. Gwendolen is beautiful, vivacious, and a gambler, but desperate for financial security; something that possessive Henleigh Grandcourt would be able to provide for her. Daniel is the adopted son of an aristocratic, but doubtful of his own identity. He pours his energy into selflessly helping his friends, including poor Jewish singer Mirah Lapidoth. As Gwendolen's situation becomes dire, and Daniel seeks to uncover the mystery surrounding his own birth, their lives become intertwined... Written by L. Hamre

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Drama | History | Romance

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In the 1960s stage production Daniel Deronda, Gwendolen Harleth was played by actress Vanessa Redgrave while in this version Gwendolen is played by Romola Gari, In 2007's Atonement Redgrave and Gari starred alongside each other playing the same character at different ages. See more »

Goofs

At Ezra Cohen's store, the baby's left shoe and sock disappear then reappear. See more »

Connections

Version of Daniel Deronda (1921) See more »

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Ah! Perfido, Op.65
Ludwig van Beethoven
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"I don't love her any more than she loves me. That's not the point."
18 April 2003 | by KatharineFanaticSee all my reviews

Having never read George Eliot's novel, I came into the film with only what I know based on the information friends have given me. The film is utterly exquisite. The costuming alone will have Anglophiles like myself crying from sheer envy, and there's enough archery, riding, and balls to weigh out the seriousness of the film, which is essentially two plots woven into one. An utterly heartless and wretched marriage for a spoiled young Gwendolyn in the form of the evil Grandcourt, a landowner whose sole pleasure lies in torment. Be it his wife or dogs, our heartless villain never takes greater pleasure than in dangling something before them and tearing it away again, only to feed it to someone else. We see a kind of barbarism in this act, be it with the family spaniel or his impoverished, abandoned mistress.

The second plot line, which I found slightly less interesting, was about the film's lead, Daniel Deronda, a presumed illigitimate boy who has been raised a country gentleman. One day while out boating he saves a Jewish singer from drowning herself, and sets out to discover his own true identity through finding her family. I don't know why, but I found myself itching through these scenes to get back to Gwendolyn and her pathetic plight of enslavement to her husband. A second viewing, once I knew the course of the characters, settled me a bit.

The acting is very stellar. There's not a weak link in the cast, although I have to say seeing Barbara Hershey seemed a little out of place in this Victorian paradox. The film makes numerous contrasts between good and evil, selfishness and humility, lies and deception. It's actually quite an achievement, and I was pleased at the amount of restraint showed by the filmmakers. The sexual tension between man and wife will go over most younger viewer's heads, something for which I'm grateful. It's rare we get a wonderful Victorian bodice ripper where the bodice stays on.


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23 November 2002 (UK) See more »

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