Hard Times

Hard Times

Director: John Irvin Cast: Patrick Allen, Timothy West, Jacqueline Tong



Strange as it seems, the 1977 adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel Hard Times was the first full-scale adaptation of this work ever seen on British television. Set (of course!) during the Industrial Revolution, the multiplotted story line was held together by the travails of Louisa Gradgrind (Jacqueline Tong), a former circus employee who was adopted by a stern businessman and whisked off to a bleak industrial village called Coketown. With four-hour-long episodes at its disposal, this TV version managed to retain most of the characters and incidents of the Dickens original, and also kept sight of the author's indictment of the iniquitous social conditions which determined the behavior and the destinies of the main figures. Produced by Granada Television, Hard Times later aired in America via PBS. The 1994 BBC TV version, sometimes also referred to as a "miniseries," was actually intended to be seen in a single showing.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2007
UPC: 0054961917990
Original Release: 1977
Rating: NR
Source: Acorn Media
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 3:23:00

Special Features

Charles Dickens bio and cast filmographies

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hard Times
1. Facts [6:48]
2. Vagabonds [9:29]
3. A New Family [11:45]
4. Different Worlds [9:10]
5. It's a Muddle [5:38]
6. My Darling, My Love [6:54]
1. A Proposal [8:56]
2. Mr. & Mrs. Bounderby [6:57]
3. A Guest Arrives [8:10]
4. Opinions [11:13]
5. She Does Not Care [9:07]
6. A Helping Hand [7:38]
Disc #2 -- Hard Times
1. Intentions [10:03]
2. Financial Difficulties [4:52]
3. Loss [10:31]
4. It Doesn't Matter [7:53]
5. Rendezvous [9:27]
6. Changes [7:59]
1. No Longer Welcome [8:40]
2. Demands [6:49]
3. Accusations [7:44]
4. It's Over Now [8:14]
5. Where's Tom? [9:38]
6. Making It Right [8:30]

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