Pretty good for a made for t.v. movie, but Mary is played by an American, they change the cause of her parents' deaths, and she is not nearly as unlikable to start with. Plus, Mary was a blond, and this actress is not.
The best version of this often filmed story. Very hard to find. But the hunt is worth it. The child actors deliver. Gennie James is utterly convincing. Barret Oliver delivers a ghostly performance of a young man preternaturally aware of his own mortality. The character Colin is the pragmatic voice of an all-too-grown-up young man. A Hallmark Hall of Fame production. Find it, watch it, and share it with your children.
This 1987 versioin of [i]Secret Garden [/i]is mixed bag: on one hand the locations are beautiful, on the other production values and acting ranges from great to awful! Best performances are given by Derek Jacobi and Gennie James. Gennie comes off as 1980s versioin of Margaret O'Brien taking to role of Mary Lennox with O'Brien-like skill. Good could've been better.