Cold Comfort FarmDirector: John Schlesinger
Stella Gibbons' popular novel was published in 1932, and it has been adapted twice for British television, first as a miniseries in 1971, then by director John Schlesinger in 1995. That version proved so popular that it was released to theaters in the U.S. The heroine of Gibbons' story, Flora Poste (Kate Beckinsale), is an aspiring young writer with two needs:… See more details below
Stella Gibbons' popular novel was published in 1932, and it has been adapted twice for British television, first as a miniseries in 1971, then by director John Schlesinger in 1995. That version proved so popular that it was released to theaters in the U.S. The heroine of Gibbons' story, Flora Poste (Kate Beckinsale), is an aspiring young writer with two needs: material for her first novel, and a cheap place to live and work. A wealthy friend encourages her to take advantage of her country cousins and impose upon them for lodgings. Flora finds Cold Comfort Farm to be a ramshackle affair populated by eccentrics including the imperious Ada Doom (Sheila Burrell), her daughter Judith (Eileen Atkins), Judith's rough but handsome son Seth (Rufus Sewell), and Amos (Ian McKellen), an amateur preacher whose sermonizing seems to release some kind of demons within him. Undaunted by this menagerie, Flora gets to work organizing the household, and she comes to realize that the material for her book is right in front of her.
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Cast & Crew
|Kate Beckinsale||Flora Poste|
|Sheila Burrell||Ada Doom|
|Eileen Atkins||Judith Starkadder|
|Ian McKellen||Amos Starkadder|
|Rufus Sewell||Seth Starkadder|
|Fred Jones||Adam Lambsbreath|
|Maria Miles||Elfine Starkadder|
|Joanna Lumley||Mrs. Smiling|
|Miriam Margolyes||Mrs. Beetle|
|Angela Thorne||Mrs. Hawke-Monitor|
|Jim Greenhorn||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Jim Holloway||Art Director|
|Robert Lockhart||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Amy Roberts||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Malcolm Thornton||Production Designer|
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This book is one of my all time favourites. My aunt gave it to me to read, and I couldn't put it down. You get drawn in to this weird and wonderful household, and you REALLY want to know what Aunt Ada Doom saw in the woodshed, I'm not giving it away, read it and laugh!
This is the review for the movie adaptation of the book Cold Comfort Farm. It is a very good movie about a woman from the city named Flora Poste who after losing her parents trys to find relatives to take her in and the only ones who respond with an invitation are her wacky relatives in the country at Cold Comfort Farm which includes a domineering woman who hasn't come out of her room in years all because she says she saw something nasty in the woodshed! This is a weird but very good movie and the cast is great, but I especially liked Kate Beckinsale, Rufus Sewell and the actors who played Elfine, Ada Doom, and Judith. By the way: Just be aware while watching this movie that if sometimes you don't understand what the people at Cold Comfort Farm are sayng that it is intentional because sometimes the character of Flora doesn't understand what they are saying and just pretends that she does! 4 1/2 stars!
This is such a pleasant surprise! It is now one of my favorite movies. Great story, the characters are hilarious, as the plot unfolds there are always surprises to the very end.
This is a movie for anyone who took English Literature classes, or who just enjoys subtle - and not so subtle satire. The performances are all excellent especially Eileen Atkins and Ian McKellen. It should be a requirement for English majors.
I owned it as a VHS tape, now I own it as a DVD after renting it twice from Netflix. Simply wonderful. A friend who read the book first prefers that - after she loaned me the book, I still prefer the film. The book does clear up some not-so-clear points of the film (some of it simply accent-related), but the film condenses the multitude of characters in the book, in a way that makes more sense at the ending. SO funny, especially if you're familiar with British folkways. Love Lord Peter Wimsey? You'll be ga-ga over Cold Comfort Farm.