The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003)





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Produced for the BBC in 2001, The Mayor of Casterbridge is the second British miniseries version of Thomas Hardy's 1886 novel (the first was filmed in 1978). This time, Ciarán Hinds stars as Michael Henchard, an unemployed drunkard who, in a moment of greedy delirium, sells his wife, Susan (Juliet Aubrey), and their infant daughter, Elizabeth Jane, to a passing sailor -- for a price of five pounds. Sobering up the next day, Henchard conducts a frenzied search for his family, only to find that … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television
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On DVD: May 27, 2003
A&E Television Networks

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as Michael Henchard

as Donald Farfrae

as Elizabeth-Jane

as Susan Henchard

as Lucetta

as Newson

as Abel Whittle

as Joshua Jopp

as Mrs. Stannidge

as Councilman

as Councilor Vall

as Lucetta's Maid

as Mother Cuxsom

as Christopher Conly

as Solomon Longways

as Vagrant Woman

as Chalkfield

as Nance Mockridge

as Staylaces Dealer

as Stubbard
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Critic Reviews for The Mayor of Casterbridge

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Audience Reviews for The Mayor of Casterbridge

Though I have not read this Hardy novel, I am familiar with the classic author (Return of the Native, Tess of the d'Urbevilles). This work seemed to be true to Hardy, and to the time and culture he was writing about. It is colorful, lovely to look at, suspenseful when appropriate, and has a measure of tragedy. I like the work BBC does with classics. They are always authentic.

Cynthia S.

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What a depressing story of a life filled with bad choices! Seriously bad choices and bad timing. Yet you still felt as though he would have liked to redeem himself but just never could and didn't when he had the chance. All a credit to Mr. Hinds' fine acting. Cannot believe Mr. Farfrae "fell in love" with Lucetta who was a little too calculating and a little too old for him. Glad to see he ended up with Elizabeth. James Purefoy was nice to watch and Jodhi May did a good job as well. Still, what a depressing story.

sloopy chicken lips (aka Cynthia)

Fine acting. Nice camera work. Gripping plot. Thought-provoking themes. The only downside is a musical score that is overly repetitive.

The main character is a tragic anti-hero whose slight flaws cause major pain in the lives of all around him. But at the same time he is a very respected man and does much good.

The movie makes you realize the large impact of your small choices. It also shows how the world would be a better place if people were less jealous, more forgiving, less critical, more accepting, less dogmatic, more kind, etc.

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