Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)



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This 1967 version of Thomas Hardy's novel should have done better at the box office than it did, given the star power of Julie Christie and the visual and aural fidelity to its source material. Julie Christie plays Bathsheba Everdene, a country heiress who is loved by three different men: Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates. Convinced that she is the intellectual superior of all three, Bathesheba loses many early opportunities for lasting happiness. Finally shedding herself of her haughty … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Thomas Hardy, Frederic Raphael
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 27, 2009
MGM Home Entertainment


as Bathsheba Everdene

as Sgt. Troy

as William Boldwood

as Gabriel Oak

as Fanny Robin

as Henry Fray

as Andrew Randle

as Jan Coggan

as Mark Clark

as Laban Tall

as Maryann Money

as Temperance

as Soberness

as Matthew Moon

as Pennyways

as Old Smallbury

as Joseph Poorgrass

as Mrs. Hurst

as Cainy Ball

as Corporal

as Teddy Coggan

as Gentleman at Cockfig...

as Fat lady at Circus

as Gentleman at Party

as Farmer at Corn Excha...

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Critic Reviews for Far From the Madding Crowd

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

One of the most entrancing and elemental landscape films ever shot in these isles.

Full Review… | March 9, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

Thomas Hardy was not the most dynamic novelist in English literature, but this sluggish 1967 film still does him a serious disservice.

Full Review… | May 9, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[Schlesinger] displays the best sense of Victorian time and place since David Lean in Great Expectations.

Full Review… | May 9, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Christie has few real opportunities to branch out of her rather muted and pouty lead.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

Another classic bites the dust.

January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Pictorially excessive but dramatically barren.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Far From the Madding Crowd

Absolutely gorgeous version of the Hardy classic, with some captivating scenes particularly the storm sequence. Some of the top talent of the acting world of the 60's is on hand making this an entertaining epic. A livelier pace would have made it more compelling however. All the leads acquit themselves well but top honors go to Alan Bates, an actor of great skill.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Hardy's novel is brought to life with passion and flair.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


John Schlesinger's surprisingly dull three-hour epic "Far From the Madding Crowd" is not so much a movie as a TV mini-series. It is grandly majestic in its look but puny in its content and perspective.

Just because something is filmed in wide-screen Cinemascope and covers a long chronological period doesn't mean it is broad in perspective. "Madding" has the look of a grand epic but the content of a soap opera. The Thomas Hardy novel upon which it is based must have some depth. But Schlesinger ends up providing the appearance of depth more than the real thing. His actors, who are almost absurdly talented, give a lot of meaningful looks, but they have little to say that is interesting.

Almost everyone from England's 1960s acting royalty is represented here, including Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Alan Bates and Peter Finch. But great actors cannot do much more than look regal when all they have is soap opera to play. This is the downfall of British television in general: almost without fail it puts aristocratic actors into petit-bourgeois soap opera.

The film Schlesinger made after this, "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), is so much better than "Madding" that it's almost surreal. How could the same person direct these two films in the span of a few years? Amazing.

(Incidentally, I still don't know what the hell "madding" means. Also incidentally, if you haven't seen "Midnight Cowboy," you are missing out on something extraordinary.)

Bill D 2007
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer

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