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Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)

Bathsheba Everdene, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and is romantically pursued by three very different men.

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (from the novel by), Frederic Raphael (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Christie ... Bathsheba
Terence Stamp ... Sergeant Troy
Peter Finch ... William Boldwood
Alan Bates ... Gabriel Oak
Fiona Walker ... Liddy
Prunella Ransome ... Fanny
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Mrs. Hurst
Paul Dawkins Paul Dawkins ... Henery Fray
Julian Somers Julian Somers ... Jan Coggan
John Barrett ... Joseph Poorgrass
Freddie Jones ... Cainy Ball
Andrew Robertson ... Andrew Randle
Brian Rawlinson Brian Rawlinson ... Matthew Moon
Vincent Harding ... Mark Clark
Victor Stone Victor Stone ... Billy Smallbury
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Storyline

Based on Thomas Hardy's nineteenth century novel, Bathsheba Everdene is a willful, passionate girl who is never satisfied with anything less than a man's complete and helpless adoration, and she captures the lives and loves of three very different men: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer, who is captivated by her beauty and proposes marriage; William Boldwood, a prosperous man in his early forties, and a confirmed bachelor; and Sergeant Frank Troy, a handsome, reckless swordsman given to sudden fits of violence. Written by alfiehitchie

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A willful passionate girl and...the three men who want her! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lejos del mundanal ruido See more »

Filming Locations:

Abbotsbury, Dorset, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,750,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

DIRECTOR_CAMEO(John Schlesinger): Briefly spotted as an extra in the harvest celebration at about the midway point, before the Intermission. See more »

Goofs

During the "pie in the face" circus scene, the cream is piled on contemporary 1960s white paper plates with fluted edges. Disposable paper plates were invented in the early 1900s. The movie time frame (which differs slightly from the book) ends around 1868. See more »

Quotes

Bathsheba Everdene: [to her farmhands] There's ten shillings for anyone who wants to stay, and no hard words for anyone who wants to go.
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Alternate Versions

Although the cinema version was uncut all UK video releases were cut by 12 secs by the BBFC to remove a cockfighting scene. The cuts were expanded to 24 secs for the later wide-screen DVD releases. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Evening Shade: Far from the Madden Crowd (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Far From The Madding Crowd (Main Title)
Composed and Arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett
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An excellent film with a haunting soundtrack.
16 May 2011 | by MrOllieSee all my reviews

If you are wanting fast action and thrills then this film is not for you, however, if you enjoy a good drama with a haunting score then look no further. Bathsheba Everdine (Christie)has three suitors in the form of the dashing Troy(Stamp) the dependable Oak (Bates) and the brooding/obsessed Boldwood (Finch). The story revolves around her relationship with each of these three men with rural Victorian England as the backdrop. I particularly enjoyed Terrence Stamp's performance as Sergeant Troy whose real love is Fanny Robbin and not Bathsheba. Richard Rodney Bennett creates a lovely haunting soundtrack which conjures up the English countryside. A smashing film!!


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