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Masterpiece: Wuthering Heights

Robert Cavanah , Peter Davison , David Skynner    Unrated   DVD
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Emily Brontë’s timeless tale of love, obsession, and revenge returns in this dark new adaptation. Divided by birth, class, and a jealous brother, Cathy and the mysterious Heathcliff are bound from childhood by a bond that defies convention–even her marriage to a wealthy older man. Only a mystery from beyond the grave can threaten their love. Starring Orla Brady and Robert Cavanagh.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Closest Version Yet Aug. 15 2003
By Elysia
Format:VHS Tape
I am a fan of Emily Bronte. Her book, "Wuthering Heights", is probably the most misunderstood book of it's time. This made-for-TV version is a timeless classic in itself.
The only problem with it is that people try to humanize Heathcliff too much. His character was not as humane as people seem to think. The man was evil in its purest form, and Robert Cavanagh plays him to almost perfection. I'm sorry, I'm a huge fan of Fiennes as well and he was a horrible Heathcliff!
Orla Brady was the only actress that I think portrayed Cathy as she really was. Her ability to go from sunshine to madness in a single facial expression is stunning.
Yes, the movie was choppy. If you haven't read the book, you probably won't understand some of what's going on. You'll get the drift, though. Then again, if you haven't read the book first you're cheating yourself on the real experience. There are some things that irritated me; scenes were played out with an explanation that differed from the novel and didn't have to. And Nelly was too old in the beginning. But you won't find a closer version to the original work than this one.
It is by far the best Masterpiece Theatre movie of 1998.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights May 14 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I read this book again after having read it back in 1980 and was keen to see it in film. I was most disappointed with this movie. Materpiece Theater is well know for excellence and unfortunately this films depiction of the book fell short. The cast and acting was superb but the film is not completly true to the book. If you haven't read this book, you should. The richness and depth of the characters was not fully developed in this film thus rendering a rather choppy, shallow and disjointed story line. Upon reflection, I don't think film could do this story justice. The characters lives are interwoven is such an intricate and complex way making it difficult to portray that visually. Heathcliff is an evil and complex character. Getting inside his head is best left for the book to portray. Stick with reading the book, you won't be disappointed!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not even this one could cut it... Jan. 6 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I'm sorry, but I'm absolutely perplexed at all those people who claim that this is the most accurate film adaptation of Wuthering Heights. It is NOT at ALL!! As a devout reader of Emily Bronte and beloved fan of the novel(I've managed to read it three times in less than a month) I can safely say that this adaptation doesn't come close to capturing the spirit of Emily Bronte or the structure of the novel. I agree with one poster who said that Nelly and Joseph's parts are drastically reduced. I mean, I was atleast expecting for Nelly to really narrate the damn movie. But she doesn't, in fact, she hardly appears in the movie at all. (by the by, they also chose a really old actress to play Nelly. She is supposed to be Hindley's age but instead looks 50 throughout the entire film).
Aside from this, they also didn't put much consideration into the age continuity. In the novel, Cathy and Heathcliffe are both around 12 when they meet the Lintons. In this film, they skip 10 years altogether and introduce them as adults from the start. Other characters that were cut included Hareton, Cathy Linton, and Linton himself. In fact, the entire second half of the film is as far away from the context of the novel as possible. I dunno, it's just too many faults to list. All I know is that I kept grumbling and shouting "NO! that's not the way it went in the novel!" or "Hey, they said more than that!" I give credit to the director for atleast attempting to make a semi-accurate adaptation...even though he failed miserably. I'm beginning to think that Wuthering Heights really is an IMPOSSIBLE novel to film...or at least film it in a way that can satisfy the true Bronte fans. Maybe if they made it into a mini-series/soap opera...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasure to Watch June 26 2001
By Melinda
Format:VHS Tape
The film, Wuthering Heights, is a sturring adaptation of the book. Raplh Fiennes gives yet another powerful performance as the lovelorn Heathcliff. He captures the wild sprit of the character and the heartache brilliantly. Juliette Binoche is beautiful as Catherine and her daughter, playing duel roles. The film truly is a gem that not many are aware of. Teaming a very compatible couple of Fiennes and Binoche. Enjoy !
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