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Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)

NC-17 | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 16 April 1993 (USA)
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A young female landowner in 1840s Jamaica marries a just-arrived Englishman to avoid losing her property. All seems to be perfect, love arises, and happiness is on the way, but she is ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karina Lombard ... Antoinette Cosway
Nathaniel Parker ... Edward Rochester
Rachel Ward ... Annette Cosway
Michael York ... Paul Mason
Martine Beswick ... Aunt Cora (as Martine Beswicke)
Claudia Robinson Claudia Robinson ... Christophene
Huw Christie Williams Huw Christie Williams ... Richard Mason
Casey Berna Casey Berna ... Young Antoinette
Rowena King ... Amelie
Ben Thomas Ben Thomas ... Daniel Cosway
Paul Campbell ... Young Bull
Audbrey Pilatus Audbrey Pilatus ... Drummer
Ancile Gloudon ... Nelson
Dominic Needham Dominic Needham ... Pierre
Kevin Thomas Kevin Thomas ... Benbow
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A young female landowner in 1840s Jamaica marries a just-arrived Englishman to avoid losing her property. All seems to be perfect, love arises, and happiness is on the way, but she is hiding an old secret regarding her childhood and her mother. Slowly, this secret begins to erode this perfect relationship and, perhaps, her mother's story will begin again...with her. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for strong, explicit sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wide Sargasso Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Jamaica

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,806, 18 April 1993

Gross USA:

$1,614,784

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,614,784
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The "Sargasso Sea", according to website Wikipedia, "...is a region in the gyre in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is bounded on the west by the Gulf Stream; on the north, by the North Atlantic Current; on the east, by the Canary Current; and on the south, by the North Atlantic Equatorial Current. This system of ocean currents forms the North Atlantic Gyre. All the currents deposit the marine plants and refuse they carry into this sea". See more »

Alternate Versions

Unrated version runs a few seconds longer than the NC-17 version. See more »

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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Bottle Deposit (1996) See more »

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Quartet
Written by Franz Schubert
Arranged by Charlotte Georg (as Lee Ashley)
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The film that gives Mr. Rochester his motives and makes Jane Eyre more understandable
9 June 2003 | by countryway_48864See all my reviews

Anyone who has ever read Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte's brooding masterpiece, knows the adult, world-weary Edward Rochester. They also know about the secret locked in the tower room of Thornfield Hall. What Charlotte never fully explains is how Mr. Rochester came to be the aloof, stony man he is and how is wife came to be mad.

Well, The Wide Sargasso Sea attempts to answer those questions. In my opinion The Wide Sargasso Sea does an excellent job.

This is a vivid and sensual film, and depending on the version you see, VERY explicit. But in this case I think the nudity and sexual activity is justified and not gratuitous.

Nathaniel Parker gives a stunning performance as Rochester. I recommend this one.

I like to watch The Wide Sargasso Sea first and then put on my VHS of the splendid A&E production of Jane Eyre with Ciarn Hinds as Rochester. The two follow each other beautifully and seen together, the puzzle of Edward Rochester is solved, at least to my satisfaction.


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