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The Woodlanders (1998)

The Woodlanders (1998)

The Woodlanders





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British documentary filmmaker Phil Agland turned to drama with this re-creation of Thomas Hardy's rural Wessex of the late 19th century, adapted from Hardy's 1887 novel. In the woodland Wessex community of Little Hintock, laconic woodsman Giles Winterbourne (Rufus Sewell) lives in a cottage belonging to the lady of the manor, Mrs. Charmond (Polly Walker). Peasant girl Marty (Jodhi May), who sells her hair to wigmakers, is attracted to Giles. However, Grace (Emily Woof, of The Full Monty), daughter of local timber-merchant Melbury (Tony Haygarth), returns home from finishing school. Giles and Grace were once childhood sweethearts, but class barriers now stand in their way. Grace marries young Dr. Fitzpiers (Cal MacAninch), and the happy newlyweds depart on their honeymoon. Fitzpiers' true snobbish colors begin to surface, and his philandering ways eventually lead Grace back to Giles. Shown at the 1997 London Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Jun 28, 2005


Emily Woof
as Grace Melbury
Rufus Sewell
as Giles Winterbourne
Cal Macaninch
as Dr. FitzPiers
Anthony Haygarth
as Mr. Melbury
Jodhi May
as Marty South
Polly Walker
as Mrs. Charmond
Walter Sparrow
as Old Creedle
Sheila Burrell
as Grandma Oliver
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Full Review… | September 12, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
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Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Full Review… | February 11, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Woodlanders


Nice movie. Nothing too overly exciting. A book adaptation, I do believe. I would bet that the book was better....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Had I realized this was based on a book by Hardy, I would have run away fast. Never was there a writer more apt at being a bummer. Blinded by Rufus Sewell, I undertook to watch this depressing and pointless narrative. The acting is by no means bad, but the production isn't anything special and is weighed down by a plot that no one could save.

Beautifully acted and produced, but comes off as too obvious of a condensation of its deceptively simple and subtly complex original source -- the Thomas Hardy novel.

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