The Return of the Native (1994)


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Unlike the barren and forbidding moors elsewhere in England, Return of the Native's Egdon Heath attires itself in vibrant wildflowers, mossy hillsides, winding streams, arching footbridges, and undulant meadows. An enchantress would be at home in this place, but not Eustacia Vye, portrayed by Zeta-Jones. Though coveted by every man in Egdon Heath -- and every boy old enough to stare -- the beautiful Eustacia longs for the smoking chimneys and broad stone buildings of Paris. When a native of … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
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On DVD: May 21, 2002
Republic Pictures Home Video


as Damon Wildeve

as Clym Yeobright

as Diggory Venn

as Captain Vye

as Mrs. Yeobright

as Susan Nunsuch

as Timothy

as Granfer Cande

as Olly Dowden
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Reveals how the obsession of one breathtakingly beautiful woman upsets the tranquil equilibrium of a rural English community.

Full Review… | August 23, 2002
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Beautifully photograped poignant version of Hardy novel.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

I'm sure people who haven't read the book will like this. Basically, they took the majority of the symbolism from the original novel out, and what they were left with was a shallow historical romance. Accents were atrocious too, and some of the plot was fiddled with if I remember rightly. My English class had great fun ripping the piss out of this film. The sad thing is, I know Zeta-Jones can act, but her talent was mysteriously absent here.

Kylie B

Super Reviewer

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