The Return of the Native

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Unlike the barren and forbidding moors elsewhere in England, Return of the Native's Egdon Heath attires itself in vibrant wildflowers, mossy hillsides, winding streams, arching footbridges, and undulant meadows. An enchantress would be at home in this place, but not Eustacia Vye, portrayed by Zeta-Jones. Though coveted by every man in Egdon Heath -- and every boy old enough to stare -- the beautiful Eustacia longs for the smoking chimneys and broad stone buildings of Paris. When a native of Egdon Heath, Clym ...
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Unlike the barren and forbidding moors elsewhere in England, Return of the Native's Egdon Heath attires itself in vibrant wildflowers, mossy hillsides, winding streams, arching footbridges, and undulant meadows. An enchantress would be at home in this place, but not Eustacia Vye, portrayed by Zeta-Jones. Though coveted by every man in Egdon Heath -- and every boy old enough to stare -- the beautiful Eustacia longs for the smoking chimneys and broad stone buildings of Paris. When a native of Egdon Heath, Clym Yeobright Ray Stevenson, returns from his job in Paris as a jeweler, Vye stuns him with her beauty and marries him in hopes of persuading him to take her to Paris. But, alas, Clym is a clod at heart. He vows to remain in Egdon Heath to teach and edify. After his eyesight deteriorates, Eustacia turns her attentions to rakish Damon Wildeve Clive Owen, and the plot begins to churn and curdle.
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All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
The producers of this 1994 adaptation of The Return of the Native adorn their mise-en-scène with two astonishing beauties: Egdon Heath and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Zeta-Jones is a marvel as Eustacia. Her raven hair, her darting eyes, her manipulative smile, and the ambiguity of her pledges of love all spellbind the viewer. All of the acting in this drama, based on a Thomas Hardy novel written in 1888 but set in 1842, is strong. In particular, Joan Plowright as Clym's mother knows how to nag, annoy, and -- while climbing a hill -- die. Stevenson is a perfect Clym: earnest, thoughtful, warm. And Owen is wonderfully roguish as the bewhiskered Wildeve. The cinematography and costumes are first-class.
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  • Release Date: 1/12/1999
  • UPC: 707729801030
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: HALLMARK
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Zeta-Jones Eustacia Vye
Clive Owen Damon Wildeve
Ray Stevenson Clym Yeobright
Steven Mackintosh Diggory Venn
Claire Skinner Thomasin
Paul Rogers Captain Vye
Joan Plowright Mrs. Yeobright
Celia Imrie Susan Nunsuch
Peter Wight Timothy
John Boswall Granfer Cande
Britta Smith Olly Dowden
John Breslin Vicar
Daniel Newman Mummer
Technical Credits
Jack Gold Director
Carl Davis Score Composer
Nick Gillott Producer
Alan Hume Cinematographer
Derek Hyde Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert W. Lenski Screenwriter
Peter Mullins Production Designer
Jim Oliver Editor
Richard Welsh Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding!

    The Return of the Native is a wonderful and beautifully told adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel. Catherine Zeta-Jones is perfect in the role of Eustacia Vye, giving her both a wit and a subtle sadness that is both heartbreaking and endearing. She plays the role in a way that makes it hard to not like Eustacia, or at least not feel sorry for the character. A definite must for fans of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Clive Owen, or the novels of Thomas Hardy.

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