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Far from the Madding Crowd (1998)

A vain, pretty girl has recently taken over her uncle's farm. Her independent, naïve personality leaves her torn between the three men who wish to marry her.

Director:

Nicholas Renton

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (novel), Philomena McDonagh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paloma Baeza ... Bathsheba Everdene
Jonathan Firth ... Sergeant Frank Troy
Nigel Terry ... Mr. Boldwood
Gwynn Beech Gwynn Beech ... Simeon
Susan McArdle ... Girl
Natasha Little ... Fanny Robin
Stephen Tomlin Stephen Tomlin ... Jeweller
Brian Rawlinson Brian Rawlinson ... Parson Thirdly
Linda Bassett ... Maryann Money
Elizabeth Estensen Elizabeth Estensen ... Mrs. Coggan
Rhys Morgan Rhys Morgan ... Teddy Coggan
Nathaniel Parker ... Gabriel Oak
Phillip Joseph Phillip Joseph ... Jan Coggan
Robin Soans ... Henery Fray
Charles Simon Charles Simon ... Old Malter
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Storyline

Bathsheba Everdene, a young vain girl, has just taken over her uncle's farm. Her pretty face, wealth, and naive personality attracts three men who wish to marry her. Naïve and vain, she gets herself into a love tangle between them. As time passes and responsibilities pile up into a stressful mess, she begins to learn the hardships of life. Written by Dana

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Longe Deste Insensato Mundo See more »

Filming Locations:

Abbotsbury, Dorset, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television, WGBH See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(4 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Featured playing period music is the Mellstock Band, which also appeared in Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1998). See more »

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Forget Julie Christie - this is truer to the novel
13 August 1998 | by cwoodenSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful adaption of the great Thomas Hardy novel. Though the 1960's version (starring Julie Christie, Alan Bates,and Terrance Stamp) is gorgeous, this film is not so dated and the performances are in keeping with the original intent of the novelist. All the principles are strong but especially impressive is Nigel Terry's performance as doomed Mr. Boldwood whose love for Bathsheba drives him from hope and new-found happiness to despair and frenzy.

The locations are beautiful - almost another character in the story. The dialects of the locals may be difficult to understand at first but my ear learned to listen. The video version allows for playback of difficult to understand dialog.

Definately worth the 4 hour investment. It made me re-read the novel and enjoy it all over again.


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