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A Tale of Two Cities (1958)

A Tale of Two Cities





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In this stilted adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel A Tale of Two Cities, Dirk Bogarde takes the lead role of worn-down, drunken lawyer Sydney Carton, who finally wakes up from his stupor during the French Revolution to make the ultimate sacrifice for Lucie Manette, the love of his life.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: T.E.B. Clarke
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 1, 1998
Franco London Films


Dirk Bogarde
as Sydney Carton
Dorothy Tutin
as Lucie Manette
Stephen Murray
as Dr. Manette
Cecil Parker
as Jarvis Lorry
Athene Seyler
as Miss Pross
Paul Guers
as Charles Darnay
Marie Versini
as Marie Gabelle
Ian Bannen
as Gabelle
Alfie Bass
as Jerry Cruncher
Ernest Clark
as Stryver
Rosalie Crutchley
as Mme. Defarge
Freda Jackson
as Vengeance
Duncan Lamont
as Ernest Defarge
Christopher Lee
as Marquis St. Evremond...
Leo McKern
as Attorney General
Dominique Boschero
as Peasant Girl
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Solid if not captivating version of the classic Dickens story. Dirk Bogarde is charming, humorous and serious by turns and pulls you into the film.

jay nixon

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The Tale of Two Cities

The film starts of slow but everything eventually relates. My issue with the film was it became difficult to differentiating between who was French versus English since they were all British or American actors with English sounding accents. A very sad and mellow dramatic ending. The movie presents a good depiction of France during the French Revolution.
It presents an accurate depiction of how people of innocent people were killed for no good reason besides a previous title. Not even a court case was provided to prove innocent or guilty. Just nearly guilty. Shows the waist.

I never realized that the quotes; "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times" as well as "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." derived from this book. I have known these lines all my life from Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan.


I think Dirk Bogarde gives a wonderful performance. What a noble thing to give your life for the love and happiness of someone else. Very few people would do this especially under his circumstances. Bravo.

sloopy chicken lips (aka Cynthia)

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