The Wedding Gift

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Overview

This British drama was originally created for British television, but was later released in the U.S. It is based on a true story and chronicles the struggles of Deric and Diana Longden, a happily married couple who try to cope with Diana's inexplicable degenerative disease which causes occasional paralysis of her extremities and periodic blackouts. The doctors have no clue as to what ails her. Their love sustains them, but finally Diana comes to grips with the fact that the illness may prove fatal. She decides ...
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Overview

This British drama was originally created for British television, but was later released in the U.S. It is based on a true story and chronicles the struggles of Deric and Diana Longden, a happily married couple who try to cope with Diana's inexplicable degenerative disease which causes occasional paralysis of her extremities and periodic blackouts. The doctors have no clue as to what ails her. Their love sustains them, but finally Diana comes to grips with the fact that the illness may prove fatal. She decides that before she goes, they should find Deric a replacement.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions
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Editorial Reviews

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Richard Loncraine's The Wedding Gift is a touching portrait of uniquely British character traits: a playful sarcasm borne from years of married partnership, coupled with a gallows humor that serves as the more jovial alternative to stoicism. Longtime screen veterans Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters are the actors managing this rapport, drawing from a reservoir of wit to deflect the pain of Diana Longden's incurable illness. And so it's genuinely devastating when these characters succumb to moments of sad desperation; they're not only unaccustomed to self-pity, they're actively repulsed by it. Walters is a revelation, willful in spirit if not body, while Broadbent lies forever on the verge of a weary wink, demonstrating his enduring good humor. It's the introduction of an alternate love interest for Deric Longden -- at the behest of his current wife, no less -- that calls to mind a similar funny and tragic British love story from the same period, Anthony Minghella's Truly, Madly, Deeply. Both films deal intelligently with the prospect of starting anew after the death of a loved one, but in Minghella's film, Alan Rickman's Jamie has already died, returning from the afterworld as a guide for his grieving mate. Deric Longden's task is far more difficult. In the blind author Aileen Armitage Sian Thomas, he must envision his future even before his beloved wife has died -- an outcome that's nearly certain, since doctors can't determine the cause of her consistent deterioration. In both women, though, Deric has an able sparring partner for his wry outlook on the world -- physically limited, but mentally acute, and capable of reciprocating his warmth and intellect. Thora Hird, playing Deric's mother, deserves special mention for her uniquely humorous take on the senile old woman who can't remember whether she answered the phone or dialed it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • UPC: 717951005304
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Rating:

  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Walters Diana Longden
Jim Broadbent Deric Longden
Andrew Lancel Nick Longden
Anastasia Mulrooney Sally Longden
Thora Hird Deric's Mother
Sian Thomas Aileen Armitage
Moya Brady Sheila
Paul Codman Workman
Joanna McCallum Doctor Roper
Michael Raeburn VAT man
Andy Rashleigh Chemist
Ann Rye Joan
Angela Walsh Karen
Martin Wenner Young Doctor
Technical Credits
Richard Loncraine Director
Remi Adefarasin Cinematographer
Richard Broke Producer
Tony Burrough Production Designer
David Lascelles Producer
Margaret Matheson Producer
Ken Pearce Editor
Jack Rosenthal Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Heads or Tails [3:33]
2. What's Up, Doc? [6:20]
3. Wedding Announcement [4:59]
4. Profit and Loss [6:14]
5. Another Fall [6:53]
6. A Bunch of Quacks [5:30]
7. Baby Steps [4:43]
8. Sounds Like a Rolls [6:53]
9. Deric and Diana's Day Out [6:27]
10. Tea and Crumpets [3:23]
11. A Family's Pain [7:31]
12. Visit With Aileen [4:38]
13. Well Done, Diana [5:26]
14. Second Skin [4:59]
15. Wake Up! [3:36]
16. The Funeral [4:30]
17. End Credits [1:27]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Select
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Miramax New Golden Age
      Pinocchio
      Rabbit-Proof Fence
   Captions
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      Captions: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2002

    The Wedding Gift

    I rented this movie a few months ago, and I really enjoyed it and cried when Diana died. I thought it was cute in the way Diana, Derick's first wife, wanted to find him a new wife before she died. I think she knew him better than he knew himself. Whether Deric wanted to admit or not he needed Diana more than she needed him. Especially when she talked about suicide. Deric would never have know about the sleeping pills she horded, if it hadn't been for his mother calling asking him to pick up a new prescription. I also thought it was couragous of Diana to hold on to life until after her son's wedding. It was wonderful to see her work at being able to walk down the church aisle for the wedding.

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