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Sylvia (2003)

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Story of the relationship between the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

Director:

Christine Jeffs

Writer:

John Brownlow (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Birkin David Birkin ... Morecambe
Alison Bruce ... Elizabeth
Amira Casar ... Assia Wevill
Daniel Craig ... Ted Hughes
Blythe Danner ... Aurelia Plath
Lucy Davenport ... Doreen
Julian Firth ... James Michie
Jeremy Fowlds Jeremy Fowlds ... Mr. Robinson
Michael Gambon ... Professor Thomas
Sarah Guyler ... Ted's Cambridge Girlfriend
Jared Harris ... Al Alvarez
Andrew Havill ... David Wevill
Theresa Healey Theresa Healey ... 3rd Woman at Ted Hughes' Lecture
Liddy Holloway Liddy Holloway ... Martha Bergstrom
Robyn Malcolm ... 1st Woman at Ted Hughes' Lecture
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Storyline

In 1956, aspiring American poet Sylvia Plath meets fellow poet Edward Ted Hughes at Cambridge, where she is studying. Enthralled with the genius of his writing, Sylvia falls in love with him even before meeting him, and he quickly falls in love with her. They eventually marry. Sylvia quickly learns that others are also enthralled with her husband, for a combination of his good looks, charisma, fame and success. Sylvia lives in her husband's professional shadow as she tries to eke out her own writing career, which doesn't come as naturally to her as it does to Ted. She also suspects him of chronic infidelity. Both issues affect Sylvia's already fragile emotional state, she who once tried to commit suicide earlier in her life. Through her pain and her anger, she does gain minor success as a writer, with a completed semi-autobiographical novel and a few well received collection of poems. Following, she tries to regain some happiness in her life with Ted, but has an alternate plan if that... Written by Huggo

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Life was too small to contain her...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Focus Features

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ted and Sylvia See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£123,981 (United Kingdom), 1 February 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,940, 19 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,302,242, 21 December 2003
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In January 2004, British newspaper The Guardian ran an article on the film by author Al Alvarez (played by Jared Harris). In his own words, Harris had visited him before filming started "to talk to me about it or, rather, to study me while we talked and check me out for mannerisms and tone of voice," and he had been allowed to visit the set at Shepperton studios. Alvarez was positive about Gwyneth Paltrow's performance and the recreation of 1950s Britain, but lukewarm about the film overall and offended by the way the script represented him: "the scriptwriter has me telling Ted that Sylvia has made a pass at me. Treachery posing as confession and gossip may be the lifeblood of soap opera, but in the real world friends don't behave like that". See more »

Goofs

When Ted Hughes removes his tie, his collar jumps from buttoned (closed) to unbuttoned (open). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sylvia: Dying is an art. Like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like Hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I've a call.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Gwyneth Paltrow Movies (2011) See more »

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Life imitating art... or just art?
12 November 2003 | by just-meSee all my reviews

So intense ... Ms. Paltrow does not let your eye leave her from the moment she enters the frame... moment by moment she projects her feelings thoughts... almost painful to watch at times... you almost feel like you are watching Paltrow herself unravel on screen (boat on the ocean. I love Plath and I love Paltrow as Plath... she is heartbreaking and haunting just like the poetry the real Sylvia wrote. She unlike most actresses becomes a character and she became Sylvia Plath.


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