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The Secret Garden (1987)

When a spoiled English girl living in nineteenth century India loses both parents in a cholera epidemic, she is sent back to England to live in a country mansion. The Lord is a strange old ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan Grint

Writers:

Blanche Hanalis (teleplay), Frances Hodgson Burnett (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gennie James ... Mary Lennox
Barret Oliver ... Dickon Sowerby
Jadrien Steele Jadrien Steele ... Colin Craven
Michael Hordern ... Ben Weatherstaff
Billie Whitelaw ... Mrs. Medlock
Derek Jacobi ... Archibald Craven
Lucy Gutteridge ... Mrs. Lennox
Colin Firth ... Adult Colin Craven
Julian Glover ... Colonel McGraw
Cassie Stuart ... Martha Sowerby
Philip Locke ... Pitcher
Karen Archer Karen Archer ... Mrs. Crawford
Irina Brook ... Adult Mary
David Waller David Waller ... Dr. Craven
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Mrs. Sowerby
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Storyline

When a spoiled English girl living in nineteenth century India loses both parents in a cholera epidemic, she is sent back to England to live in a country mansion. The Lord is a strange old man, frail and deformed, immensely kind, but so melancholy. She wishes to discover what has caused him so much sorrow and to bring joy back to the household. It all must have something to do with the screams and wails which echo through the house at night and no one wants to talk about. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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Genres:

Family | Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Secret Garden (#37.1) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Alison Doody and Julian Glover appeared in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Adult Colin Craven: When I was at Oxford, I asked you to marry me. When I was in France I wrote to you and asked you to marry me. Why didn't you answer me, Mary?
Adult Mary: Because I wanted you to ask me here in our garden.
Adult Colin Craven: [smiles] Of course. I should have known.
[pause]
Adult Colin Craven: Will you marry me, Mary Lennox?
Adult Mary: Yes.
[they kiss]
Adult Mary: Come see our garden.
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Follows The Secret Garden (1975) See more »

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Excellent Family Entertainment!
26 November 2006 | by eitltd-1See all my reviews

This is the BEST movie version of the classic story. The one complaint I have with most book-to-movie adaptations is how they totally change the story. This one, however, is true to the story. The 1993 version may have more polish, but this version has more soul. It has become a "keeper" in our family's video library. As my children have grown up and moved out, they make sure I buy them a copy. It was no surprise when this movie won the Emmy for "Outstanding Children's Program" in 1988. Gennie James' portrayal of Mary Lennox is excellent, and her transformation is totally believable. For the most part, the supporting cast is excellent. Michael Hordern (Ben Weatherstaff), one of the best character actors of all time, was the perfect choice for this role. His scenes with Gennie and Irina Brook (adult Mary) were flawless. Barret Oliver (Dickon) gives a wonderful performance, which was typical of this young actor. The only exception would be Jadrien Steele's portrayal of Colin Craven. His acting is almost as stiff as his legs are supposed to be. If you have children, you want this movie.


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