Shadowlands

Shadowlands

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Director: Richard Attenborough

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, Edward Hardwicke

     
 

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This lavishly mounted adaptation of the play by William Nicholson tells the true story of the doomed love affair between novelist and noted Christian scholar C.S. Lewis and a Jewish-American poet. Anthony Hopkins stars as C.S. "Jack" Lewis, an Oxford professor and successful author of the Chronicles of Narnia series of children's fantasy novels. A confirmed bachelor,… See more details below

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This lavishly mounted adaptation of the play by William Nicholson tells the true story of the doomed love affair between novelist and noted Christian scholar C.S. Lewis and a Jewish-American poet. Anthony Hopkins stars as C.S. "Jack" Lewis, an Oxford professor and successful author of the Chronicles of Narnia series of children's fantasy novels. A confirmed bachelor, Jack's existence is an inward life of the mind. Somewhat detached from the world, his only social outlet is evenings out at a local pub discussing philosophy and religion with his fellow lecturers. Jack has been corresponding with a bluntly intelligent American woman, Joy Gresham (Debra Winger), who arrives to visit him, with her young son Douglas (Joseph Mazzello) in tow. She tells Jack that she has actually fled from an abusive marriage and plans to divorce, and Jack astonishes friends and family by agreeing to a platonic marriage with Joy so that she can obtain British citizenship. As their friendship deepens and Joy discovers that she has a terminal illness, the relationship between Joy and Jack becomes a genuine romance, and their marriage turns into a real commitment. Shadowlands (1993) had previously been filmed as a well-regarded British television movie in 1985 starring Joss Ackland as Lewis.

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One of the best qualities of Richard Attenborough's adaptation of William Nicholson's play is the way it doesn't feel like a play at all. This is an excellent quality to possess, especially in a film that is in part about a middle-aged man discovering the joy of being alive. About halfway in, Winger's Joy takes Hopkins' Jack on vacation, a sequence shot in typically lush Attenborough fashion but made truly memorable by the inexperienced Jack's joy upon discovering that he can order cocktails sent up to his room. Extremely well-acted by both leads (note the way Winger slowly absorbs English inflections in her speech the more time her character spends there), Shadowlands steers away from the maudlin territory typically inhabited by doomed romances, emphasizing instead the emotional journeys of each character, both in terms of their time together and apart. Winger subtly plays a woman whom life has continually disappointed, and who is faced with the prospect of leaving it just as her fortunes have turned around. Hopkins' character is one who's come to think he's solved life's mysteries and must suddenly admit how little he knows. Teamed with Attenborough's restrained direction, they create a deeply memorable drama of unexpected renewal.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/1995
UPC:
0026359096839
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Hbo Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Jack Lewis
Debra Winger Joy Gresham
Edward Hardwicke Warnie Lewis
Michael Denison "Harry" Harrington
John Wood Christopher Riley
Peter Firth Dr. Craig
Joseph Mazzello Douglas Gresham
Lucy Boulting Actor
Roddy Maude-Roxby Arnold Dopliss
Chris Williams Julian
Tim McMullan Nick Farrell
Julian Fellowes Desmond Arding
Andrew Seear Bob Chafer
Andrew Hawkins Rupert Parrish
Peter Howell College President
Robert Flemyng Claude Bird
James Frain Peter Whistler
Charles Simon Barker
Giles Oldershaw Marcus
Roger Ashton-Griffiths Dr. Eddie Monk
Pat Keen Mrs. Young
Howard Lew Lewis Tea Room Waiter
John Quentin Station Acquaintance
Alan Talbot College Porter
Sylvia Barter Woman in Bookshop
Pauline Melville Committee Chairwoman
Sophie Stanton Lecture Committee
Ninka Scott Lecture Committee
Walter Sparrow Fred Paxford
Gerald Sim Superintendent Registrar
Norman Bird Taxi Driver Witness
Abigail Harrison Staff Nurse
Julian Firth Father John Fisher
Karen Lewis Hotel Receptionist
Terry Rowley Registrar

Technical Credits
Richard Attenborough Director,Producer
Jonathan Bates Sound Editor
Patrick Clayton Asst. Director
Terence A. Clegg Executive Producer
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Brian Eastman Producer
George Fenton Score Composer
Diana Hawkins Co-producer
Simon Kaye Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Lamont Art Director
Stephenie McMillan Set Decoration/Design
William Nicholson Screenwriter
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Michael Roberts Camera Operator
Penny Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Stevenson Asst. Director
Lesley Walker Editor
Brian Warner Special Effects
Norma Webb Makeup

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