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In 19th century Britain, a unconventional young man struggles against the limitations of a rigid, restrictive society. Based on Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, this somber period drama stars a suitably intense Christopher Eccleston as Jude, a young man with dreams of receiving a scholarly university education. Circumstances conspire against him, however, forcing him into a job as a stonemason and an unsatisfactory marriage. He remains true to his dream, however, and years later, after his
Oct 18, 1996 Wide
May 14, 2002
USA Home Entertainment
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It's worth seeing Jude, a stark adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, just for the extraordinary performance of Christopher Eccleston as Jude Fawley.
Young English actress Kate Winslet adds luster and energy to Jude, a bold and generally successful attempt to adapt Thomas Hardy's final novel, Jude the Obscure, to the bigscreen.
Without the benefit of Hardy's prose, the point of the movie is lost in the grim, grayish ether.
The dark, steel engraving look that cinematographer Eduardo Serra has given Jude endows it with a somber magnificence.
The film has its period down cold, but what makes it special is its nerve, about which the best you can say is that it matches Hardy's own.
Jude isn't a movie to see as entertainment, but is a strong contemplation on man's struggle to overcome oppressive odds.
Sometimes outstanding but is a not always satisfying screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's last novel.
Among the very best, frankest, and most honest of recent literary adaptations.
Harrowing and compelling screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel set in 19th century England
Faithfully adapted from Thomas Hardy's novel, Jude (minus the Obscure)...It's also a difficult film to like because it is, simply put, a downer.
...as modern British historical films go, this is visually one of the most impressive.
Jude is an affecting tragedy because, like all great tragedies, it involves believable, sympathetic characters. Winterbottom's film version benefits immensely from its extremely talented cast of actors.
Audience Reviews for Jude
- Jude Fawley: We are man and wife, if ever two people were on this earth.
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