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Wuthering Heights (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 11 November 2011 (UK)
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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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Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Older Heathcliff
Solomon Glave ... Young Heathcliff
Paul Hilton ... Mr. Earnshaw
Shannon Beer ... Young Cathy
Simone Jackson ... Nelly
... Joseph
Lee Shaw ... Hindley
Adam Lock ... Pastor
... Frances
Eve Coverley ... Young Isabella
Jonny Powell ... Young Edgar (as Jonathan Powell)
... Mr. Linton
Emma Ropner ... Mrs. Linton
Richard Guy ... Gamekeeper Robert
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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Drama | Romance

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Svindlande höjder  »

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£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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Andrea Arnold did not allow Kaya Scodelario to shave her armpits during filming. As a result, she went three months without shaving. See more »

Quotes

Older Cathy: You and Edgar broke my heart. You've killed me... Will you be happy when I am in the earth? Will you forget me?
Older Heathcliff: Don't torture me! I've not killed you. I could no more forget you than myself. When you're at peace, I shall be in hell.
Older Cathy: I will never be at peace.
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Version of Wuthering Heights (1959) See more »

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The Cruel Mother
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Failed attempt to shock
14 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Saw this at the Venice film festival last week. It had quite a few walk outs near the beginning (probably the strong Yorkshire accents with lots of background noise made it unintelligible for non native English speakers) and they were the lucky ones as it certainly did not improve over the following 2 hours.

The director's main aim seemed to be to try and shock audiences who thought they were coming to an Emma Thompson type costume drama by making the film as morose as possible and throwing in lots of swearing, violence and a bit of necrophilia. Unfortunately the only shocking thing was that they had managed to make such a bad film out of a classic novel.

There were numerous petty things which annoyed me about this film, e.g. the use of pathetic fallacy with the weather is way over the top (the Earnshaws live under a constant biblical downpour whereas there rich neighbours in the next door valley have a climate from a fruit juice advert); the cameraman either had Parkinson's or had been previously employed in one of those American police series where reality is represented by a constantly jerky camera; the actors playing the adult Cathy and Heathcliff look nothing like their younger selves - Heathcliff even appears to have changed race!; would a 19th century strict Christian father be happy with someone sleeping with his teenage daughter in the house?; would a 19th century Heathcliff be able to swan around Edgar house willy nilly? I could go on.

Most importantly I think the director fails completely in making us feel any sympathy for her characters. Heathcliff has a hard time of it in his youth but has no redeeming features. It's not helped by the fact that the actor playing the adult Heathcliff is atrociously bad at his job.

I have no problem with making Wuthering Heights dark and brooding but make it a bit less daft.


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