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Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)

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This 1967 version of Thomas Hardy's novel should have done better at the box office than it did, given the star power of Julie Christie and the visual and aural fidelity to its source material. Julie Christie plays Bathsheba Everdene, a country heiress who is loved by three different men: Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates. Convinced that she is the intellectual superior of all three, Bathesheba loses many early opportunities for lasting happiness. Finally shedding herself of her haughty attitude, Bathsheba unconditionally accepts the love of Bates. The euphoric exuberance of Nicolas Roeg's photography is matched by the direction of John Schlesinger and the screenplay by Frederick Raphael. Only the nittiest of nitpickers would complain that some of the medium shots don't match the closeups (watch Terence Stamp's clown makeup in one scene). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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PG
Genre:
Drama , Romance
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MGM Home Entertainment

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Cast

Julie Christie
as Bathsheba Everdene
Alan Bates
as Gabriel Oak
Terence Stamp
as Sgt. Troy
Peter Finch
as William Boldwood
Prunella Ransome
as Fanny Robin
Paul Dawkins
as Henery Fray
Andrew Robertson
as Andrew Randle
John Barrett
as Joseph Poorgrass
Julian Somers
as Jan Coggan
Pauline Melville
as Mrs. Tall
Vincent Harding
as Mark Clark
Laurence Carter
as Laban Tall
Margaret Lacey
as Maryann Money
Harriet Harper
as Temperance
Denise Coffey
as Soberness
Brian Rawlinson
as Matthew Moon
Freddie Jones
as Cainy Ball
John Carrie
as Pennyways
John Garrie
as Pennyways
Marie Hopps
as Mrs. Coggan
Owen Berry
as Old Smallbury
Michael Beint
as Laborer
Alison Leggatt
as Mrs. Hurst
Victor Stone
as Billy Smallbury
Peter Stone
as Teddy Coggan
Walter Gale
as Jacob Smallbury
Jonathan Newth
as Gentleman at Cockfight
Derek Ware
as Corporal
John Donegal
as Sailor
Peggy Ann Clifford
as Fat lady at Circus
Noel Henkel
as Circus Manager
Bryan Mosley
as Barker
David Swarbrick
as Fiddler at Barn Dance
Alba
as Gentleman at Party
Leslie Anderson
as Boldwood's Laborer
Keith Hooper
as Boldwood's Laborer
Frank Duncan
as Farmers at Corn Exchange
Hugh Walker
as Farmers at Corn Exchange
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Critic Reviews for Far From the Madding Crowd

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

One of the most entrancing and elemental landscape films ever shot in these isles.

Full Review… | March 9, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

Thomas Hardy was not the most dynamic novelist in English literature, but this sluggish 1967 film still does him a serious disservice.

Full Review… | May 9, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[Schlesinger] displays the best sense of Victorian time and place since David Lean in Great Expectations.

Full Review… | May 9, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Christie has few real opportunities to branch out of her rather muted and pouty lead.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

Another classic bites the dust.

January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Pictorially excessive but dramatically barren.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Far From the Madding Crowd

½

A very faithful adaptation that may not be a memorable classic in itself but translates well the essence of Hardy's novel into a concise narrative that benefits from a uniformly perfect cast and takes its time to tell what it needs without rush, despite the rather hasty ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Absolutely gorgeous version of the Hardy classic, with some captivating scenes particularly the storm sequence. Some of the top talent of the acting world of the 60's is on hand making this an entertaining epic. A livelier pace would have made it more compelling however. All the leads acquit themselves well but top honors go to Alan Bates, an actor of great skill.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

Hardy's novel is brought to life with passion and flair.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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