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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.

Director:

Andrea Arnold

Writers:

Andrea Arnold (screenplay), Olivia Hetreed (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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Drama | Romance

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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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Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Natalie Portman was originally cast as Catherine Earnshaw. After her departure from the film, Lindsay Lohan campaigned for the role but Abbie Cornish was eventually cast. As filming neared, Cornish was then replaced by Gemma Arterton. When Andrea Arnold was hired to direct, she replaced Gemma Arterton with Kaya Scodelario. 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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Version of Abismos de pasión (1954) See more »

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Song of St. Silyn
Composed by ap Huw
Performed by Caroline Lleby-Muller
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Failed attempt to shock
14 September 2011 | by mdrocioscottSee 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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