The Secret Garden (1987)





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This made-for-TV adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden stars Gennie James as spoiled-rotten Mary Lennox. When her parents die of cholera, Mary is whisked from her home in India to live in the forbidding Victorian mansion of her flint-hearted uncle (Derek Jacobi). Thanks to the friendship--and vivid imagination--of gardener's son Jadrien Steele, Mary learns that life is lived best when one cares for others. At the same time, her uncle begins to act like a human being. The only false note in this otherwise flawless production was the decision to clumsily frame the story with the narration of the adult Mary Lennox. Blessed with a top-rank British cast, including Michael Hordern, Billie Whitelaw, Lucy Gutteridge and Alison Doody (Harrison Ford's vis-a-vis in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, this 1987 Secret Garden was first telecast as a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation.
Drama , Kids & Family , Television
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Gennie James
as Mary Lennox
Barret Oliver
as Dickon Sowerby
Karen Archer
as Mrs. Crawford
Irina Brook
as Adult Mary
Stephen Dillane
as Captain Lennox
Alison Doody
as Lilias
Colin Firth
as Adult Colin Craven
Lucy Gutteridge
as Mrs. Lennox
Pat Heywood
as Mrs. Sowerby
Derek Jacobi
as Archibald Craven
Philip Locke
as Pitcher
Carmel McSharry
as Mrs. Gordy
Edward Tudor-Pole
as John the Footman
Tony Selby
as Sgt. Barney
Cassie Stuart
as Martha
David Waller
as Dr. Craven
Margaret Whiting
as Nurse Boggs
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I remember watching this as a little girl but never was able to find this version again. Thank you, Flixster for reuniting us again. lol

Becky Bennett
Becky Bennett

This was not exactly my favorite adaptation of this story, but it was okay. IF I remember correctly, it was filmed like a play.

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

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I believe this is the version that I saw a long time ago, back when my mom used to watch these and I'd watch them with her. Really well-done; this one sticks with me as a movie that makes you care about the family as they learn to bring hope from ruin.

Matt Roberts
Matt Roberts

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