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Wuthering Heights (2011)

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A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy.

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Andrea Arnold

Writers:

Andrea Arnold (screenplay), Olivia Hetreed (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
6 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Howson ... Older Heathcliff
Solomon Glave Solomon Glave ... Young Heathcliff
Paul Hilton Paul Hilton ... Mr. Earnshaw
Shannon Beer Shannon Beer ... Young Cathy
Simone Jackson Simone Jackson ... Nelly
Steve Evets ... Joseph
Lee Shaw Lee Shaw ... Hindley
Adam Lock Adam Lock ... Pastor
Amy Wren ... Frances
Eve Coverley Eve Coverley ... Young Isabella
Jonny Powell Jonny Powell ... Young Edgar (as Jonathan Powell)
Oliver Milburn ... Mr. Linton
Emma Ropner Emma Ropner ... Mrs. Linton
Richard Guy Richard Guy ... Gamekeeper Robert
Michael Hughes Michael Hughes ... Hareton
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A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Svindlande höjder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£156,931 (United Kingdom), 13 November 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,956, 7 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$96,889, 2 December 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Gail Stevens, Casting Director, found Heathcliff (James Howson) during an open call session in Leeds in March 2010. See more »

Quotes

Isabella Linton: You must have some stories to tell.
Older Heathcliff: Stories?
Isabella Linton: Well, you've been gone a while. You changed. We were all wondering.
Older Heathcliff: There is nothing I want to remember.
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After all credits, including distributors' credits, there is a final shot of Heathcliff. See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 8 September 2011 (2011) See more »

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Performed by Shannon Beer
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how can Wuthering Heights lack passion?
24 November 2011 | by CountZero313See all my reviews

Andrea Arnold's take on a well-known tale falls flat for a number of reasons. Her hand-held camera, non-linear montage, and bouts of frenzied physicality arguably complement her two tales of modern ennui and angst, Red Road and Fish Tank. However, they seem incongruous matched against a classic from the literary canon. The audience coming along expecting to see a period piece are getting a surprise, and unfortunately it is not a pleasant one. They were the ones walking out at the screening I went to. The writing was on the wall when their heart sank as the curtains whirred into place and settled on a 4:3 aspect ratio. That was a bizarre decision - these moors, this landscape, demand widescreen.

The decision to spend most of the film with the early years of Heathcliff and Cathy also seems ill-conceived, as the two youngsters frolic in the mud for an eternity without the story moving forward very much. They are earthy people of and from the land, the film screams, like the interminable procession of animals we see depicted. We get that in the first ten minutes - the rest of the time we are just going over established territory.

The return of the now successful Heathcliff in the latter half of the film means the grown up cast having the same effect as substitutes in a football game - imbibing the audience/spectators with a glimmer of hope. Alas, it is not to be, as the actor playing Heathcliff is wooden beyond belief, pipping the actor playing Edgar for the prize. The actresses around them can act, but it is a poor return on the ticket price. The film overtly attempts to appeal on visual grounds and as a result dialogue appears to have been an after-thought, as most lines are flat and predictable. The racial epithets are not shocking; they seem more a cynical ploy to garner publicity.

TV frame, incongruous mise-en-scene, poor casting and dodgy racial politics - any one of these could sink a film, but all four together is a very tough sell. The biggest sin, however, is to take Wuthering Heights and imbue it with absolutely no passion at all. The moors look suitably wild, and there is a strong sense of mud, but beyond that there are few positives to take from this film.


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