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Sylvia (2003)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Birkin ... Morecambe
... Elizabeth
... Assia Wevill
... Ted Hughes
... Aurelia Plath
... Doreen
... James Michie
Jeremy Fowlds ... Mr. Robinson
... Professor Thomas
... Ted's Cambridge Girlfriend
... Al Alvarez
... David Wevill
Theresa Healey ... 3rd Woman at Ted Hughes' Lecture
Liddy Holloway ... Martha Bergstrom
... 1st Woman at Ted Hughes' Lecture
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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...


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

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31 October 2003 (USA)  »

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Ted and Sylvia  »

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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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Sylvia Plath's daughter and literary executor, Frieda Hughes, not only refused to cooperate with the producers or allow them access to her mother's poetry, but also publicly denounced the project in a published poem of her own. See more »

Goofs

The American scenes are filmed in and around Dunedin in New Zealand where traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road and the vehicles are all right-hand drives. In the scene after Ted Hughes has admitted his first infidelity, Sylvia Plath walks out into the rain and gets into the car which is clearly American and has a left-hand drive. But the other vehicles in front, seen in silhouette, while all seeming American, are all right hand drives. See more »

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[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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a truly beautiful love story
22 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie and was really stunned. I am shocked that it has received such bad reviews because I think this is an amazing film. I understand Plath fans being upset that it does not go into detail with Sylvia's life, but this is a movie about the love of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes- Not the life of Sylvia Plath. It is a beautifully made movie. Paltrow does a phenomenal job of showing Sylvia's pain. She gives a great image of the torment Plath went through. The love story is both alluring and fascinating. Its so beautiful. I really cant say anything bad about this movie. I absolutely loved it, and it has not received the recognition it deserves.


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