Far From the Madding Crowd


Far From the Madding Crowd

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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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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
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 Garrie
as Pennyways
John Carrie
as Pennyways
Marie Hopps
as Mrs. Coggan
Owen Berry
as Old Smallbury
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
Peggy Ann Clifford
as Fat lady at Circus
Noel Henkel
as Circus Manager
David Swarbrick
as Fiddler at Barn Dance
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

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Audience Reviews for Far From the Madding Crowd


A very faithful adaptation that may not be a memorable classic 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

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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

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

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


John Schlesinger's surprisingly dull three-hour epic "Far From the Madding Crowd" is not so much a movie as a TV mini-series. It is grandly majestic in its look but puny in its content and perspective. Just because something is filmed in wide-screen Cinemascope and covers a long chronological period doesn't mean it is broad in perspective. "Madding" has the look of a grand epic but the content of a soap opera. The Thomas Hardy novel upon which it is based must have some depth. But Schlesinger ends up providing the appearance of depth more than the real thing. His actors, who are almost absurdly talented, give a lot of meaningful looks, but they have little to say that is interesting. Almost everyone from England's 1960s acting royalty is represented here, including Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Alan Bates and Peter Finch. But great actors cannot do much more than look regal when all they have is soap opera to play. This is the downfall of British television in general: almost without fail it puts aristocratic actors into petit-bourgeois soap opera. The film Schlesinger made after this, "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), is so much better than "Madding" that it's almost surreal. How could the same person direct these two films in the span of a few years? Amazing. (Incidentally, I still don't know what the hell "madding" means. Also incidentally, if you haven't seen "Midnight Cowboy," you are missing out on something extraordinary.)

William Dunmyer
William Dunmyer

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