Lorna Doone (1990)





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This British version of Lorna Doone is one of the more rewarding film adaptations of the venerable R. D. Blackmore novel. The plot remains as ever: Lorna (Polly Walker), a feisty 17th century Scots lass, falls in love with a much-despised landowner (Sean Bean). Lorna's father, a notorious brigand, foments a peasant rebellion against her lover. It turns out of course, that Lorna is actually a high-born heiress, kidnapped in infancy. Billie Whitelaw and Rachel Kempson costar in this made-for-television costume epic. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Miles Anderson
as Tom Faggus
Sean Bean
as Carver Doone
Hugh Fraser
as James II
Jane Gurnett
as Annie Ridd
Kenneth Haigh
as Judge Jeffreys
Rachel Kempson
as Lady Dugal
Clive Owen
as John Ridd
Robert Stephens
as Sir Ensor Doone
Polly Walker
as Lorna Doone
Billie Whitelaw
as Sarah Ridd
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She is not Scottish, she is English. The story is set in Devon and Somerset in England, based on historical fact. She does not fall in love with Sean Bean's character - she hates his guts.


There are those movies that are so bad that they are quite hilarious. This is not one of those. Oh believe me it was bad, really really bad but more "Why am I wasting my time on this?" So I turned it off half way through. That's how bad it was. It takes a great deal for me to turn a movie that I really wanted to see off. But I couldn't take one more minute of it. I thought I would die of boredom. The ONE funny scene was when John Ridd (Clive Owen) is falling down a waterfall and at the bottom when he is falling into the pool of water it shows a full frontal view of...not Clive...but the 40 something stuntman who looks nothing like him. You'll see this again when John falls off his horse. I thought I could hold out through the movie because of Sean Bean (Carver Doone). I really do love him but the mullet wasn't doing anything for me. I think that if Clive Owens' acting had been a little better i would also have been able to hold out but he was horrible. I don't think his facial expression changed once throughout. Wheither telling Lorna he loved her, to fighting Carver or thinking he has lost Lorna for good, it was all ways the same: [URL=http://www.fanzone50.com/Clive/JohnRidd_26.jpg]This is pretty much it, the entire movie.[/URL] I could not stand it. I wanted to scream show some emotion! But nope, none, zip. It was like watching a blank sheet of paper for an hour. So I had to turn it off. I highly suggest watching the 2000 version with Amelia Warner and Richard Coyle.

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