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The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003)

At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day,... See full summary »

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David Thacker

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (novel), Ted Whitehead (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ciarán Hinds ... Michael Henchard (as Ciaran Hinds)
Juliet Aubrey ... Susan Henchard
Jodhi May ... Elizabeth Jane
James Purefoy ... Donald Farfrae
Polly Walker ... Lucetta Templeman
Darren Hawkes Darren Hawkes ... Auctioneer
Jean Marsh ... Furmity Woman
Michael Beint Michael Beint ... Coachman
Clive Russell ... Newson
John Surman John Surman ... Tent Auctioneer
Susan Jane Tanner Susan Jane Tanner ... Staylaces Dealer
Tony Haygarth ... Solomon Longways
David Bradley ... Councillor Vatt
Richard Moore Richard Moore ... Councillor Chalkfield
Elliot Head Elliot Head ... Waiter
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At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day, realizing his loss, he swears not to touch liquor again for as many years as he has lived so far. Eighteen years later, Henchard has become Mayor of Casterbridge, a man well respected but not well liked. The unexpected return of his wife and daughter Elizabeth Jane sets off a turn of events that force him to face the consequences of his selfish impulses and violent temper. Written by Raya Jacob

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Drama

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burmistrz Casterbridge See more »

Filming Locations:

Askerswell, Dorset, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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DVD far superior to A&E
7 September 2003 | by oshelley55See all my reviews

I bought the DVD of "The Mayor of Casterbridge." The film on the DVD is far superior to what A&E aired in August 2003. There are numerous important scenes that were completely eliminated and other vital portions of scenes edited out in what A&E aired. I was really frustrated with the film I saw on A&E; I liked the film on the DVD. While I would have loved this to be even longer, as is the older Alan Bates BBC version, and I still have some problems with it (the ending feels slightly rushed, for example, and some of the stagings seem too pedestrian), its generally a well acted and told story. I recommend the DVD. I definately do not recommend watching this on A&E, if they air it again in the same form as previously.


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