The Mayor of Casterbridge Movie Review 2003

Information and Film Reviews for The Mayor of Casterbridge the Movie

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Appropriately brooding adaptation of Thomas Hardy's dark novel of regret. Farm worker Michael Henchard (Hinds) gets drunk and sells his wife Susan (Aubrey) and their baby daughter at a country fair. Since her husband is an abusive drunk and the buyer (Russell) is a good-natured sailor, Susan decides to take her chances. Suffering from a drunkard's remorse, Henchard searches fruitlessly for his family. He eventually settles in Casterbridge where, through sobriety and hard work, Henchard becomes the town's mayor. Then his past returns to haunt him when Susan and his now-grown daughter, Elizabeth-Jane (May), seek him out. But when young rival Farfrae (Purefoy) romances his daughter, Henchard's darker nature resurfaces.

Distribution

A&E Home Video, PO Box 2284, South Burlington, VT 05407, Toll-free: 888-423-1212, Fax: (802)864-9846, Email: homevideo@aetv.com, URL: http://www.aetv.com

Available on DVD
Running time 200 minutes.
Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Books to Film: Thomas Hardy, Period Piece: 19th Century, Family Reunions
Screenplay
Ted Whitehead
Cast
Ciaran Hinds, James Purefoy, Jodhi May, Juliet Aubrey, Polly Walker, Clive Russell
Cinematography
Ivan Strasburg
Director
David Thacker
Music
Adrian Johnston

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