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Rebecca 

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A British gentleman's innocent bride grapples with intrusive reminders of his deceased wife.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Charles Dance ...  Maxim de Winter 2 episodes, 1997
Diana Rigg ...  Mrs. Danvers 2 episodes, 1997
Geraldine James ...  Beatrice 2 episodes, 1997
Jonathan Cake ...  Favell 2 episodes, 1997
Emilia Fox ...  The Second Mrs de Winter 2 episodes, 1997
Tom Chadbon ...  Crawley 2 episodes, 1997
Denis Lill Denis Lill ...  Giles 2 episodes, 1997
John Branwell John Branwell ...  Ben 2 episodes, 1997
Lucy Cohu ...  Rebecca 2 episodes, 1997
John Horsley ...  Frith 2 episodes, 1997
Jonathan Stokes Jonathan Stokes ...  Robert 2 episodes, 1997
Kelly Reilly ...  Clarice 2 episodes, 1997
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Storyline

Based on the Gothic romance novel by Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca is a classic tale of love and hate. Maxim De Winter marries a woman half his age only a year after his first wife, the beautiful and accomplished Rebecca, dies. She finds herself in an aristocratic social world her middle class upbringing did not prepare her for, and housekeeper Mrs Danvers despises her for taking her darling Rebecca's place. But these are not the only problems to face... Written by <rosie@ihug.co.nz>

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PBS [United States]

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UK | Germany | USA

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English

Release Date:

13 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(1 Episode) | (1 Episode)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Dance and Geraldine James previously acted together in the mini series The Jewel in the Crown (84) See more »

Goofs

Emilia Fox has both ears pierced, twice, in each ear lobe, and this was clearly visible while portraying the character of the second Mrs de Winter, even though she only had one pair of earrings in at a time. In the 1920s piercing the ear multiple times was unheard of, and did not come into fashion until the 1980s. See more »

Quotes

Maxim de Winter: "... let him chase his own tail if he wants to, it's something dogs do."
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Alternate Versions

Version aired on PBS and subsequently released to home video in the USA has 13 minutes cut from episode one. Cut scenes: Max and Mrs de Winter are shown spending another afternoon together, in between Mrs Van Hopper's party and her making plans to leave for New York. (2 min.) Mrs de Winter and Max in the hotel lobby after the proposal. (30 sec.). Max and Mrs de Winter on board a cruise ship before returning to England -- includes a bedroom scene and Mrs de Winter getting a makeover that displeases Max. (4 min.) Various scenes of scenery around Manderley, and Mrs de Winter walking around the house and gardens. (2 min.) Beatrice and Mrs de Winter lunching with Max's senile grandmother (Jean Anderson). (4 min.) While in the garden, Mrs de Winter sees Mrs Danvers and Jack at the window. (30 sec.) Episode two has approx. 10 seconds edited out of the scene when Mrs de Winter and Max are talking while lying in bed. Although all the dialogue still remains, the nudity was censored. See more »

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Version of Broadway Television Theatre: Rebecca (1952) See more »

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Music by James P. Johnson
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Wonderful version, great performances.
31 December 2008 | by jhsteelSee all my reviews

I have always found Lawrence Olivier's portrayal of Maxim de Winter to be distant and forbidding, which detracted from the Hitchcock version of Rebecca, although that film has so much to recommend it. This lovely, warm adaptation is blessed by Charles Dance who makes Maxim a much more attractive man worth fighting for and Emilia Fox is a wonderful actress, even at this young age. The difference in their ages is important to the story and the casting here is so convincing that the book is really brought to life. I am glad it lacks the sinister quality of Hitchcock because it's refreshing to see a different approach and in some ways a more modern take on the story, even though it is set in the correct period. Although I knew the story well, I was still gripped by it, and was surprised by some twists. I saw this when it was originally shown on TV in 1997, and have just seen it again - I think I liked it better this time. Well worth 4 hours of anyone's time, to do justice to such a great novel.


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