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.