French Lieutenant's Woman, The (1981)
Front Cover Actor
Meryl Streep Sarah/Anna
Jeremy Irons Charles/Mike
Hilton McRae Sam
Emily Morgan Mary
Charlotte Mitchell Mrs. Tranter
Lynsey Baxter Ernestina
Jean Faulds Cook
Peter Vaughan Mr. Freeman
Colin Jeavons Vicar
Liz Smith Mrs. Fairley
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Romance
Director Karel Reisz
Producer Leon Clore; Geoffrey Helman
Writer John Fowles; Harold Pinter
Studio MGM (Video & DVD)
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 2 hr 7 mins
Country UK
Color Color
Writer Harold Pinter (Betrayal) and director Karel Reisz (Isadora) take an experimental spin with John Fowles's magnificent novel set in Victorian England, and come up with something puzzling. Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep play the forbidden lovers in Fowles's story, but in a parallel story line they also play contemporary actors performing those characters in a movie production and having an affair of their own during off-hours. Got that? Considering that Fowles himself presents alternative endings in his novel, something equally eccentric is called for here. But little is accomplished by this intertwining of a fictional past and present, and the opportunity to do justice to a great story is lost. On the plus side, Irons and Streep are instantly striking as a natural couple on screen, and their presence makes watching this film easy enough despite the larger problems. --Tom Keogh
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Index 1398
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 7/27/04
Store Copy
Owner NF
Links Amazon US
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Folder 012
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 027616866653
Release Date 9/4/01
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen