Wuthering Heights: Masterpiece TheatreDirector: David Skynner
Emily Bronte's enduring tale of a love struggling against all odds is brought to the screen once again in this adaptation created for British television. Cathy (Orla Brady) is the daughter of the goodhearted Hareton Earnshaw (Matthew MacFadyen), who allows a lost soul, Heathcliff (Robert Cavanah), to move into their home. While Cathy and Heathcliff outwardly appear to have little in common, they soon feel a strong attraction to one another, and Heathcliff pledges his undying love to her. However, circumstances conspire to keep them apart; Cathy's brother doesn't want Heathcliff to see her, her wealthy family sees a marriage between them as unthinkable, and in time Cathy agrees to an arranged marriage with Edgar Linton (Crispin Bonham-Carter). But none of this changes the desire Heathcliff feels for the woman he loves. Wuthering Heights first aired in the United States as part of the award-winning anthology series Masterpiece Theatre.
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Cast & Crew
|Crispin Bonham Carter||Actor|
|Warren Bennett||Score Composer|
|Jo Wright||Executive Producer|
|Emily Brontë||Source Author|
1. Introduction [1:51]
2. A Social Call [8:27]
3. We'll Call Him Heathcliff [9:09]
4. A New Master [13:46]
5. A Proposal Accepted [9:48]
6. A Person From Gimmerton [13:45]
7. Cathy in a Fever and Edgar Disowned [14:22]
8. Cathy Gone to Heaven [7:28]
9. Believe in Ghosts [15:22]
10. Heathcliff Is Inconsolable [6:46]
11. A Strange Change Approaching [13:14]
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After 60 years or more of trying by the major film studios, little London Weekend Television did what no-one else could - turned Emily Bronte's awkward masterpiece into a film worthy of its source material. Everything about it - from Robert Cavanah's central performance as Heathcliff, through Warren Bennett's hauntingly beautiful score to the authentic North Yorkshire locations - is absolutely right. Orla Brady matches Cavanah step for step as his Cathy - and the younger generation don't let the side down, with spunky performances from Sarah Smart as the younger Catherine and Matthew MacFadyen as the coltish Hareton. The household servants, too - are excellent. Polly Hemingway's pivotal Nelly Dean holds the whole narrative together, and it's good to see Joseph (Tom Georgeson) reinstated as a major character. Crispin Bonham Carter's Edgar Linton is a thoroughly decent man caught up in a situation he can neither understand nor control - and is a long way from the feeble wimp he is usually portrayed as. A word of praise, too, for Ian Shaw's superb Hindley - dragging our sympathies with him as he turns from tormentor to tormented ... As if all that weren't enough - they even managed to film the WHOLE novel, not half of it. True - the 1992 Fiennes/Binoche debacle tackled the whole book too - but with truly disastrous results. If you only want to buy one version - or if you are studying the novel - don't waste your money on the others. This is the closest anyone is ever likely to come to a definitive version.
Best adaptation period. Acting is superb.
Finally someone produced a movie worthy of this great book. They included all materials in the book, the acting was wonderful. It's just an all around good movie.
Very vicious sex scene that it resembled rape. Disturbing, dark movie. After my husband and I watched this DVD, he threw it in the trash. I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone!
Nothing like my recollection (from the book). Heathcliff totally out of control, he's utterly despicable--not one ounce of sympathy or connection towards him (not even when he's a little orphan kid). Characters should have brought some humanness that connected the viewer... only part I liked was that of Mathew MacFadyen (reason I bought it to start with).
I have to agree with another review as this being the closest adaption of the book. Hollywood romanticized Heathcliff and Cathy for us to "like" them. The story is about loves dark, dark side..and it is not romantic most of the time. The selfishness, loss, and crulety is all there just like the book. Read the book again, this is why it is timeless. I am not in love with this version, it's hard to watch at times, I did'nt like to see Heathcliff so tortured and in turn be so cruel. But again, he was in the book. I did enjoy the young Cathy and Hareton, they needed to spend a bit more time with them. You can see even then how Matthew MacFadyen as Hareton shines with just a look in his eyes, then the voice. All the actors were very good. But, yes, hard to watch even though it is the most accurate.
This was so great to watch! But I would recommend you read the book first otherwise you probably wont understand the dark passion. (very much like the book)