When spoiled English girl Mary Lennox (Gennie James), living in nineteenth century India loses both parents in a cholera epidemic, she is sent back to England to live in a country mansion. ... See full summary »
Return to the magical place where hope and friendship grow. Back To The Secret Garden, the sequel inspired by the classic children's tale, The Secret Garden, leads us into a magical world ... See full summary »
In 19th-century India, little Mary Lennox is suddenly orphaned by cholera. Her only living relative is her crook-backed uncle, Archibald Craven, so Mary is sent to live at his estate on the... See full summary »
Sarah Hollis Andrews,
A girl is sent to live with her uncle on his estate when her parents die. There she discovers much intrigue, family history and secrets and personal baggage. In particular, a screaming child and...a secret garden.
Fred M. Wilcox
Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's estate. It is a fairly isolated existence and she has to find things to keep herself occupied. She finds a sickly young boy...and a secret garden.Written by
When Colin throws a temper tantrum after being exposed to an open window, the camera returns to focus on Colin for reaction shots several times during the argument. In some shots, he's dry and his face is pale; in others, he's flushed and sweaty. See more »
[pointing to a swing]
Look, there's a picture of my mother and my aunt sitting here.
They say that's how she died.
My aunt? How?
Falling off it.
See more »
The book warmed my middle-aged calloused heart. This movie just doesn't quite make it and a couple of things really irritated me. Sets and scenery were awesome, but the pacing moved much too quickly, giving no time for reflection on the core issues of loneliness and pain. Kate Maberly's acting was at times alive, but overall not nearly as intense as the Mary Lennox of the book. And the transition from spoiled brat to humble, glowing and excited girl was never really evident. Dickon's character is good, but the romantic triangle implied with Colin is ridiculous and foreign to the relationships in the book. Mrs. Sowerby is totally overlooked (a critical role in the story as a healer, and the source of Dickon's and Martha's joy of life) and Mrs. Medford is made out to be too much of a villain. The tribal dance does violence to the original story's quest for "supernormal" help -- in the book they sing the Doxology, for goodness' sake! That wouldn't be politically correct now, I suppose. Overall, it was a charming, beautifully picturesque movie, but the unnecessary departures from the real story left me unsatisfied. On to the other versions & hope for the best.
8 of 13 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this