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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit 

Jessica's extraordinarily strong will and heart enables her to rebel against her fanatical, cult-like upbringing. From seven to seventeen Jess is brainwashed to be one of the 'saved', to ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Geraldine McEwan ...  Mother 3 episodes, 1990
Elizabeth Spriggs ...  May 3 episodes, 1990
Freda Dowie ...  Mrs. Green 3 episodes, 1990
Peter Gordon Peter Gordon ...  William 3 episodes, 1990
Charlotte Coleman ...  Jess 3 episodes, 1990
Margery Withers Margery Withers ...  Elsie 3 episodes, 1990
Kenneth Cranham ...  Pastor Finch 3 episodes, 1990
Barbara Hicks ...  Cissy 3 episodes, 1990
Pam Ferris ...  Mrs. Arkwright 3 episodes, 1990
Cathryn Bradshaw ...  Melanie 3 episodes, 1990
Tamar Swade Tamar Swade ...  Church Pianist / ... 3 episodes, 1990
Celia Imrie ...  Miss Jewsbury 3 episodes, 1990
Emily Aston ...  Small Jess 3 episodes, 1990
David Thewlis ...  Doctor 3 episodes, 1990
Richard Henders ...  Graham 2 episodes, 1990
Darren Scott Darren Scott ...  Boy Next Door 2 episodes, 1990
Sophie Thursfield Sophie Thursfield ...  Jess's real mother 2 episodes, 1990
Katy Murphy Katy Murphy ...  Mrs. Virtue 2 episodes, 1990
Sharon Bower Sharon Bower ...  Mrs. Vole 2 episodes, 1990


Jessica's extraordinarily strong will and heart enables her to rebel against her fanatical, cult-like upbringing. From seven to seventeen Jess is brainwashed to be one of the 'saved', to devote her life to Jesus, to follow the discriminatory teachings of Pastor Finch and his understanding of Revelations. As her warm personality dictates she succeeds in fitting into this regime and spreads the word of Jesus in a fairly content manner. But when her friendship with Melanie develops into something a little more 'unnatural' she easily realizes the error of the Pastors teachings. The girls are subjected to terrible treatment to convince them to repent. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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10 January 1990 (UK) See more »

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Based on the book, "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" by Jeanette Winterson. See more »


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Decently but Plainly Executed Winterson Adaptation
11 March 2004 | by jazzestSee all my reviews

Because the filmmakers obviously tried to make a close adaptation of Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical novel, as an avid Winterson fan, I cannot help comparing the film with the book. It would be extremely challenging to preserve Winterson's unique, postmodern literary quality in the adapted film.

In the original novel, Winterson objectively examines coming-of-age experiences of an orphan who is adopted to evangelist parents and finds herself a lesbian. The objectivity remains in the film to some extent; a lot of dramatic happenings are quietly described and never get emotional. However, the nature of the film media inevitably forces the audience to identify themselves with protagonist Jess. The analytical aspect of reading Winterson is lost, and if compared, the film just follows the plotline more plainly than the novel does.

Aside from Winterson, the film is a decently executed prototypical British film, on the tradition of British New Wave and Channel 4 productions, and worth watching.

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