Star-crossed lovers, feuding family, royal plots, noble destinies, and salt-of-the-earth heroes. No wonder R.D. Blackmore's romantic classic has been a perennial favorite. Amelia Warner (Michael Caine's innocent child bride in Quills) is Lorna, the beautiful young brunette "queen" of the feral Doone clan in this latest adaptation, a handsome 2.5-hour co-production between the BBC and A&E. The once noble line now lives out of a swamp fortress and preys off the local farmers and tradesmen, but the family patriarch (Peter Vaughan) has hatched a plot to win back his title and his land. Handsome John Ridd (Richard Coyle) swears vengeance against the Doones when they murder his father, but he falls for Lorna, and the rakish, ruthless Doone scion (Aiden Gillen, who swaggers through the drama with a perpetual sneer) refuses to give up his claim on the girl without a fight.
This is the kind of British romantic adventure that decries the tradition of nobility and privilege while rewarding its heroes with those very privileges, all within a grand framework of melodramatic twists, thrilling battles, and chivalrous heroics. Director Mike Barker creates an appropriately larger-than-life world at once pastoral and savage for his little epic--shot in the verdant British countryside, where a lush forest green permeates every outdoor scene, while the dusky interiors glow with candlelight--giving in completely to the sweeping emotional melodrama at the core of the story. --Sean Axmaker
This movie was purchased twice, both movies did not play past scene 8. Still waiting on reimbursement on both purchases. marsaliPublished on June 30 2012 by marsali
The DVD stopped half way through this movie. The sound continued but the visual was stuck.
So was unable to view the end.
Movie started out great but the DVD ended up being defective so I was unable to finish watching the movie. Terribly disappointing.Published on March 3 2012 by nomer
some very good performance (micheal kitchen,martin clunes)but overall too predictable.It felt like a bad copy of romeo and juliet. Read morePublished on July 18 2010 by claudette lafontaine
I felt like it was quite true to the novel and recommended it to friends. The acting is not Hollywood, but the story is very entertaining and "fresh" for an old story anyway :)Published on June 4 2010 by Tera Rift
I got this DVD as part of the A&E Literary Classics Romance Collection, and it's one of the few weak links in that otherwise superb box set (a must for lovers of period films... Read morePublished on June 29 2004
If you like romance, you will like this one! All I can say is Richard Coyle is a HOTTIE!!! The plot was good, but I was left with wanting more. I would have made it longer. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by The Unknown