The Secret Garden

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Overview

This made-for-TV adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden stars Gennie James as spoiled-rotten Mary Lennox. When her parents die of cholera, Mary is whisked from her home in India to live in the forbidding Victorian mansion of her flint-hearted uncle Derek Jacobi. Thanks to the friendship--and vivid imagination--of gardener's son Jadrien Steele, Mary learns that life is lived best when one cares for others. At the same time, her uncle begins to act like a human being. The only false note in this ...
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Overview

This made-for-TV adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden stars Gennie James as spoiled-rotten Mary Lennox. When her parents die of cholera, Mary is whisked from her home in India to live in the forbidding Victorian mansion of her flint-hearted uncle Derek Jacobi. Thanks to the friendship--and vivid imagination--of gardener's son Jadrien Steele, Mary learns that life is lived best when one cares for others. At the same time, her uncle begins to act like a human being. The only false note in this otherwise flawless production was the decision to clumsily frame the story with the narration of the adult Mary Lennox. Blessed with a top-rank British cast, including Michael Hordern, Billie Whitelaw, Lucy Gutteridge and Alison Doody Harrison Ford's vis-a-vis in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, this 1987 Secret Garden was first telecast as a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/12/1999
  • UPC: 707729852834
  • Original Release: 1987
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  • Source: HALLMARK
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alison Doody Lilias
Lucy Gutteridge Mrs. Lennox
Derek Jacobi Archibald Craven
Gennie James Mary Lennox
Karen Archer Mrs. Crawford
Irina Brook Adult Mary
Stephen Dillane Captain Lennox
Colin Firth Adult Colin Craven
Julian Glover
Alan Grint
Pat Heywood Mrs. Sowerby
Michael Hordern
Philip Locke Pitcher
Carmel McSharry Mrs. Gordy
Barret Oliver Dickon Sowerby
Tony Selby Sgt. Barney
Jadrien Steele
Cassie Stuart Martha
Sophie Thursfield Betty
Edward Tudor-Pole John the Footman
David Waller Dr. Craven
Billie Whitelaw
Margaret Whiting Nurse Boggs
Technical Credits
Alan Grint Director
John Cameron Score Composer
Blanche Hanalis Screenwriter
Diane Holmes Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Lanning Producer
Keith Palmer Editor
Robert Paynter Cinematographer
Norman Rosemont Executive Producer
John Stoll Production Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2006

    Loved it! My favorite!

    I loved this version of the video. This was my favorite movie version of it. I've seen the others, and didn't think they stood a chance against this one. For small children, this is just scary enough to keep them interested, but not too scary to bother them. Perfect balance of good magic and interesting/scary people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    The worst adaptation of the book ever filmed!

    There is a great deal wrong with this video, mainly Mary, who is not frail, hurt, and furious -- like the birds that Dickon heals and tames (which is the point), but instead she is robust, obnoxious and so untrue to the meaning of the story, bad accent, too! (and tha dark hair, as well -- Mary is a pale, almost white-haired child). It has also been "Americanized" to some extent, sort of a squeaky-clean version of the book. I really found it to be a disappointment. The best was a British version made in 1975, a BBC rendition which is among the most acclaimed for its understated British elegance, superb performances, and faithful adherence to the book’s essence. Wonderful Yorkshire accents. They say about it: "Impeccably mounted, with a literate script and superb performances." So go find that one if you can, Sarah Hollis Andrews stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic

    Having watched three different versions of this film I would have to say I think this one is the classic. I used to watch it at my friends house when I was younger and it scared me to death! I later saw the 1993 version and then the earlier version made with only the garden scenes in colour. The middle one however is far more magical and in parts creepy, Mary Lennox is more bratty too, this is a great film which should be seen by all children, it is a classic and shouldn't be skipped over purely for the latest Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The sad secret garden

    i didn't the secret garden cause it was boring and it had no real point and all of the charicters where very very moody and people like to watch happy movies not dull ones

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An alright film

    I thought that The Secret Garden was ok because sometimes it got a bit boring and dragged on a bit. Though the storyline was pretty good. The actors could have been better. Some bits were a bit far fetched.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a good story:)

    i liked this film because i thought it had a good story line. The only scene i didnt like was when they were dancing around the fire. The acress who played mary was very good and the same with Mrs.Medlock character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun for every one to watch!!

    I liked ''The Secret Garden'' because it is different to other movies. I liked the bits were she went into the garden and when she was in Indiaand when she was the one telling the story. I liked it because it was a happy moive along side a sad movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The secret garden

    I like this movie because it ruly represented how life was in the 1800's, which is when the movie was set. You could relate to the characters of the children and how they felt about each other. You could understand the film without misleading yourself and your judgements. I felt that the characters were portrayed extremely well

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    an adventure

    i liked the secret garden because it had a good story line and it was interesting and youb always wanted to stay and watch to see what will happen next.And it was good how they made mary a bit mean because if she wasnt and she was nice it would have changed the whole story and it wouldn't have been as good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fantastic Book, A Fabulous Movie

    I enjoyed the story line of the movie and it kept me interested. It kept you wanting to keep watching it because there were always new things happening. I can understand what was happening and why people acted the way they did. Although Mary was a bit spoilt, she was a fantastic character. i felt quite sad that mary thought her parents didn't love her and died so suddenly but i really enjoyed this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    like no other

    i liked the film because it teaches you to be kind and friendly and it is good from ages 7and 8 up. it was a fair story and it had great settings. the scene i liked was when dicken and mary were on the swing and collin was to take a photo.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magic Happens!

    I think everyone agrees that this all time favourite is one of a kind. With its enchanting magical ways, being a most enjoyable movie. I really enjoyed watching Little Miss Mary, from being a very stubborn, unfriendly soul, involving into a young girl with many dreams. The music was extremly well suited to the movie, and i must comment on the great storyline. I loved the actors, who were very deserving of their parts, and i also enjoyed the beautiful details, which turn a great movie into a fantastic one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun for Everyone to watch!!

    I liked 'The Secret Garden' because I thought the storyline was very interesting. In a way this movie is sad, because of the fact that Mary Lennox loses her parents at such a young age. But after she has moved to her uncle's mansion, Mary starts to rebuild her life. Things are very different in England, compared to India, where Mary lived. The maid, Martha, has a younger brother who forms a friendship with Mary. For the first time, Mary has a friend. The story goes on, and I really liked the way the movie ended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A quiet but wonderful film!

    There are quite a few film adaptations of ''The Secret Garden.'' I have seen them all, but this one is my favorite. The children are superb. Derek Jacobi (as the father) is a man haunted by the loss of his wife and by his own physical handicap. Derek Jacobi is wonderful as usual. There is a slight twist at the end of the film. It added a scene (not in the novel or in the other adaptations) of Mary & Colin returning to their Secret Garden. They are now in their early 20's (both in uniform - World War I). If you bought this movie to see COLIN FIRTH, then you may be rather disappointed. He is very young and handsome, and is fabulous as usual. However, he only appears for a 2-minute cameo with a couple of lines. (Hence, the disappointment!) The movie may be a bit too quiet and slow-paced to many modern kids used to loud and quick-paced movies. It is a gem though. Spend a lazy afternoon watching, and your spirits will be healed too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2002

    The beautiful tale is told wonderfully!

    I believe this version of the Secret Garden is told so well. I have seen the older version and the newer versin and I always come back to this one, told to us from Hallmark. I loved it so much as a child and I find I still love it many years later.

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