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The difficult realities of life in Britain during the early Industrial Age are explored in this made-for-television adaptation of the novel by Charles Dickens. Thomas Gradgrind (Bob Peck) is a schoolteacher working in Coketown, a grim industrial town in the North of England, who believes that facts are of supreme importance and imagination is folly. Gradgrind imposes his philosophies on his children, arranging for his daughter, Louisa (Beatie Edney), to marry Josiah Bounderby (Alan Bates), a businessman old ...
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The difficult realities of life in Britain during the early Industrial Age are explored in this made-for-television adaptation of the novel by Charles Dickens. Thomas Gradgrind (Bob Peck) is a schoolteacher working in Coketown, a grim industrial town in the North of England, who believes that facts are of supreme importance and imagination is folly. Gradgrind imposes his philosophies on his children, arranging for his daughter, Louisa (Beatie Edney), to marry Josiah Bounderby (Alan Bates), a businessman old enough to be her father, who also employs her brother, Tom (Christien Anholt). As Louisa tries to find a way out of her relationship with Bounderby, she finds herself pursued by the even more repellant James Harthouse (Richard E. Grant).
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Special Features

Closed Caption; The Signalman: A lonely railwayman is warned of disaster by a phantom in this classic Dickens ghost story starring Denholm Elliott
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2005
  • UPC: 794051233622
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard E. Grant Harthouse, James Harthouse
Alan Bates Bounderby, Josiah Bounderby
Christien Anholt Tom
Timothy Bateson Childers
Peter Bayliss Sleary
Christopher Benjamin Slackbridge
Fergus Brazier Young Kidderminster
Patsy Byrne Old Woman
Beatie Edney Louisa
Christopher Ettridge Miner
Alex Jennings Bitzer
Dilys Laye Mrs. Sparsit
Emma Lewis Sissy
Bill Paterson Blackpool
Bob Peck Gradgrind, Thomas Gradgrind
Harriet Walter Rachel
Technical Credits
Peter Barnes Director, Adaptation, Screenwriter
Stephen Deutsch Score Composer
Rebecca Eaton Producer
Richard Langridge Producer
Bruce Macadie Production Designer
Rex Maidment Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hard Times
1. Facts [3:13]
2. Unreason Has Crept In [5:34]
3. Where's Father? [5:10]
4. Political Economy [5:41]
5. For Better or Worse [4:57]
6. Pains of Withdrawal [5:35]
7. Misplaced Love [5:16]
8. Social Scale [3:01]
9. What Will Be [7:39]
10. A Better Life [7:35]
11. Wild and Dissipated [4:52]
12. Helping Hand [7:34]
13. Hunger and Thirst [7:02]
14. My Enemy [8:11]
15. Surprise Witness [5:39]
16. All a Muddle [9:44]
17. Generous Man [6:10]
18. End Credits [1:19]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Faithful but dull

    I watched this movie to discern whether or not it would be useful for a book discussion on Hard Times. I found it generally faithful to the story, but lacking. The horrors of the polluted factory town as well as the impoverishment and dehumanization of the workers wasn't really shown. It also seemed poorly cast in places, with acting that was awkward. They did a terrific job casting Louisa, though, and Hard Times is not the most "cinematic" of Dickens' novels, since it is far more satirical and thematic and the characters do sometimes fade into the background of his social criticism.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a keeper!

    I love watching BBC productions of all the literary classics. However, this particular movie is now my number one least favorite of all the ones I have seen. I was very disappointed in the acting and overall production of this film. Extremely disappointing. Do not waste your time or money to see this! Skip it and watch Our Mutal Friend!

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    Posted January 12, 2010

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