Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1998)





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Thomas Hardy's classic 19th century novel Tess of the d'Ubervilles was expansively adapted to television in this two-part British miniseries. Justine Waddell stars as Tess D'Urbeyfield, the poor relation to the prosperous D'Ubervilles, a rural family. Sent to work on the farm of her distant relatives, Tess stirs up an intense romantic rivalry between her cousin Alec D'Uberville (Jason Flemyng) and handsome "local" Angel Clare (Oliver Milburn). Tragedy ensues when the rapacious Alec "has his way" with Tess, inaugurating a chain of events that will ultimately find the heroine on trial for her life. A production of ITV's London Weekend Television, Tess of the d'Ubervilles was originally presented in one two-hour and one 90-minute installment beginning March 8, 1998. The program debuted in America on September 13 of that same year. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Drama , Television , Romance
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Justine Waddell
as Tess Durbeyfield
Jason Flemyng
as Alec D'Uberville
Oliver Milburn
as Angel Clare
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Critic Reviews for Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Jan Sharp directs Tess and expertly draws out the emotional firepower in its exploration of forgiveness, fate, and suffering.

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy is one of my favorite authors, and this is a great interpretation of one of his most famous works.

Chris Dauten
Chris Dauten

I confess I have not read the book, so ignorance is implicitly an issue. I can say I'm glad I'm not Tess, and that my pick of men is greater than Alec versus Angel.

AV 8
AV 8

:) Netflix [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/url/shop.php?k=pricegrabber-videorelease&id=108297102"][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/29/204829_thumb.jpg[/img][/url] [b]My Review:[/b] Although the actors did an excellent job, Justine Waddell as Tess, Oliver Milburn as Angel, and Jason Flemyng as Alec, the story moved too slowly onscreen. I haven't read the book, but kind of figured out what might happen. It just took too long to get there. This is a Victorian England piece with some lovely scenes of the English countryside, including Stonehenge, a place I've visited. The backgrounds reflect the drama as Tess moves through her life. And although this is a very sad story, I never felt much emotion for any of the characters. It should have been a real tearjerker, but I was dry-eyed throughout, which for me is quite unusual. I did, however, feel hate for Alec D'Urberville right from the beginning. Flemyng played that role very convincingly. [b]SYNOPSIS:[/b] Made for the Arts & Entertainment network; based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel of the same name. Tess, an ambitious, well-spoken girl who dreams of becoming a teacher someday, have her plans derailed when an accident caused by her carelessness kills the family horse. Her parents, desperate for transportation, seize upon the one thing that sets them apart from their fellow peasants: their family name. Although it's been countrified into Durbeyfield, the name is based on an ancient lineage of the French D'urbervilles. Tess' mother, Joan (Lesley Dunlop), has located some distant relatives of the same name, and sends Tess over to seek help from them. things don't work out for Tess.

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