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Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood (1973)

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This film is a faithful rendition of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' last major poem, Under Milk Wood. It affectionately examines the day-to-day life of the inhabitants of a small Welsh fishing village. The poem is narrated by Richard Burton, himself a Welshman and a great aficionado of Thomas' work. The narrative framework comes through the character of Captain Cat (Peter O'Toole), a retired seaman who, though blind, knows the village and its inhabitants so well, it is as if he could see. The colorful

Aug 9, 2005

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The images that Director Andrew Sinclair has added to his film adaptation do not complement Thomas' language; they detract from it.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Writer-director Andrew Sinclair has a wonderful feel for his material, and a happy hand in matching it to its setting.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Too many words, I'm convinced, for the screen. It's not simply the quantity of words, though. It's also their ornateness. They overflow the ears and get into the eyes.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Fairly creaky.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Intended solely for the fans of Thomas and for those of intelligent character studies.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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Unwise physical materialisation of a play for voices.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
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All things considered, this is a fairly good adaptation of an impossible play to adapt.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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The film, faithful to the poem, offers an endearing, often humorous, examination of Welsh life.

April 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A loving adaptation and...a fine introduction to Thomas's poetry

November 7, 2005 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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Marvelous adaptation of the Dylan Thomas radio play. Strongly recommended.

July 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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Audience Reviews for Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood

It is an ensemble piece for the most part, so don't expect an abundance of screen time from the three leads.
As much as I hate to say it (with a cast like this) this one's not really about the acting...It's more about the writing of Dylan Thomas and the quirky beauty of the Welsh seaside, brought to life here with his words and some wonderful imagery.
Not suitable for everyone's tastes I'll admit, but if you enjoy clever writing (and can understand sometimes thick Welsh accents) you are in for a treat.
April 11, 2011
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Beautiful settings and a game cast are about the only things this has going for it. The kind of film that killed Liz and Dick's careers in the late 60's-early 70's.
March 19, 2010
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