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Based on Thomas Hardy's nineteenth century novel, Bathsheba Everdene is a willful, passionate girl who is never satisfied with anything less than a man's complete and helpless adoration, and she captures the lives and loves of three very different men: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer, who is captivated by her beauty and proposes marriage; William Boldwood, a prosperous man in his early forties, and a confirmed bachelor; and Sergeant Frank Troy, a handsome, reckless swordsman given to sudden fits of violence.Written by
The problem, from which the sheep were suffering, when they broke out into the green field, is called "pasture bloat". They got into a field with immature legumes, such as alfalfa or clover. The food causes excessive gas production which inflates the sheeps' stomach (rumen) and compresses their lungs so they can't breath. Using a trocar, as Gabriel did, to puncture the rumen and release the gas is a lot messier than was shown in this movie. See more »
At the wedding party at the end of the film one of the band members is playing a sousaphone, which wasn't invented until around 1893. See more »
He is married to his farm. That's the truth of it.
There's no woman can touch him, Miss. 'Tis said he has no passionate parts.
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The 2009 Warner Home Video DVD restores 3 minutes of footage that were cut from the original release. The running time on this release is 171 minutes. See more »
Wade through the first hour and you won't be sorry
Okay, I'll admit it. The first hour of this film dragged so much that I almost gave up on it. All there was was Julie Christie fighting the Dorset scenery for beauty, and that was about it. Then, Terrance Stamp, as the charming louse Christie marries, came on the scene, and that did it. The story really got moving at that point, with all the principals giving solid performances.
Stamp, as mentioned before, stands out as Frank, the amoral ex-soldier whose love-hate relationship with Christie leads to tragedy. The ever-excellent Peter Finch, underplaying more than was usually his wont, does equally as well as a neighboring farmer, whose growing obsession wth Christie's Bathsheba is brought out subtly but forcefully. And Christie's Bathsheba does, indeed, make a strong protagonist. We sympathize with her through every twist and turn, every trial and tribulation, every pain and pleasure. Why she and Stamp, especially, weren't Oscar-nominated for this film is unfathomable. Richard Rodney Bennet's score, future director Nicolas Roeg's camerawork, and, especially, John Schlesinger's direction bring it all together.
As I said earlier, wade through the first hour as best you can, then sit back and enjoy.
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