Longitude (2000)





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An outgrowth of a 1999 BBC documentary, the two-part British miniseries Longitude goes out on a creative limb by unfolding two parallel stories, each separated from the other by some 200 years. In one of the plot lines, Michael Gambon (who won one of the series' many BAFTA awards) stars as real-life 18th century clockmaker John Harrison, whose invention of a "marine chronometer" would ultimately serve as the primary navigational guide for sailors of his era -- but not without a lot of sacrifice and frustration on Harrison's part. The second continuity takes place in the immediate post-WWI era, as Royal Navy officer (and shellshocked war veteran) Rupert Gould (Jeremy Irons) battles bureaucracy and ignorance to reinstate Harrison's longitudinal clocks for modern-day Naval use. As the action hopscotches between the two story lines, Harrison painstakingly assembles his chronometer and attempts to promote the device to the unresponsive powers-that-be, while Gould tries to carry on Harrison's work without losing his sanity in the process. Based on the book by Dava Sobel, Longitude was originally telecast over Britain's Channel 4 on January 2 and 3, 2000, then was seen in America courtesy of the A&E cable network.
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Michael Gambon
as John Harrison
Jeremy Irons
as Rupert Gould
Ian Hart
as William Harrison
Anna Chancellor
as Muriel Gould
Jonathan Coy
as Admiral Cloudisley
Gemma Jones
as Elizabeth Harrison
Stephen Fry
as Sir Kenhelm Digby
Samuel West
as Nevil Maskelyne
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Strange tale of working out how to navigate the worlds ocenas but irons is great as usual. Weird how he seems to fit the roll of a sailor....lol.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

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If you like inspiration and history I thought this was a great film. It's too bad the media overlooked this little one. It's an awesome story that parallels the lives of two similar men each with an obsession that eventually alters humanity.

Roger Gauthier
Roger Gauthier

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