ShadowlandsDirector: Richard Attenborough
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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Cast & Crew
|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|
|Roddy Maude-Roxby||Arnold Dopliss|
|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|
|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|
|Jonathan Bates||Sound Editor|
|Patrick Clayton||Asst. Director|
|Terence A. Clegg||Executive Producer|
|Stuart Craig||Production Designer|
|George Fenton||Score Composer|
|Simon Kaye||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Michael Lamont||Art Director|
|Stephenie McMillan||Set Decoration/Design|
|Michael Roberts||Camera Operator|
|Penny Rose||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Michael Stevenson||Asst. Director|
|Brian Warner||Special Effects|
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I was intrigued with an article I'd read on a column regarding the play where this was based on (it also turned into a book). I didn't regret watching this movie. I considered this as my top two on my MOST ROMANTIC FILM OF ALL TIME. Anthony Hopkins played the legendary C. S. Lewis. Hopkins slipped away on his landmark role as Hannibal. For me, it is the best performance of his career. He also appeared as the sexually - repressed butler Mr. Stevens in "The Remains of the Day" Remains is a very serious film. Unlike "Shadowlands",it's a light but heartwarming film. On the other hand, Debra Winger portrayed the ill - fated Joy Gresham. Lewis (Hopkins) finally learns to love even at his age after meeting this wonderful lady. The scene where Joy Gresham died made me cry. I highly recommend this film.
This is a beautiful and touching story that certainly does C.S. Lewis justice. Very memorable.
Is it better to never love, than to love and suffer loss? This is the question that this poignant and heartwarming film chooses to address. Winger & Hopkins at their finest. The pacing of this love story couldn't be better & you truly feel the emotions of the actors wrap you in their arms.
This is a wonderful lovestory with gorgeous photography and a terrific intelligent script. Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger are perfect depicting the two opposite ends of the human emotional spectrum. A fabulous achievement in that it will make you feel the depths of sadness and the heights of human joy in the same breath. Best movie since ''Unbearable Lightness of Being'' and ''Immortal Beloved''.
Anyone who has questioned the why behind the transiency of this life, the meaning behind suffering might also question why we should hold anyone dear..that is 'Why should we love'when ultimately parting and loss of our loved ones can not be avoided? In the face of this dreary portrait of reality how does one find the courage to love? One of the conclusions one may reach after watching this movie might be the saying that ''it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all''
This was part of a class reading assignment, for English which I thought was going to be boring. I will never prejudge again. I bought this movie because it is awesome.