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Brontes of Haworth (1973)

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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00662CFVI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,026 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This finely crafted portrait explores the soaring artistic achievements and personal tragedies of England's most accomplished literary family. Under the care of their father, the Reverend Patrick Bront‰ (Alfred Burke, Public Eye), siblings Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne have a childhood rich in learning and imagination. As the precocious youths grow into adults, however, son Branwell (Michael Kitchen, Foyle's War) struggles to live up to his family's high expectations, and the women have difficulty adapting to the world outside of Haworth. While the sisters eventually find commercial success and critical acclaim for their writing, Branwell descends into self-destruction, triggering a series of misfortunes that beset the family. Written by poet and playwright Christopher Fry (The Lady's Not for Burning), this period drama authentically explores the tender and tragic family history that is as much the Bront‰ legacy as their literary works. Also starring Barbara Leigh-Hunt (Pride and Prejudice), Vickery Turner (The Good Soldier), and Benjamin Whitrow (Tom Jones).

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A commendable dramatization of documentary content December 17, 2011
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This is an educational and emotional look at the Bronte family, not just 3 author siblings. Although beginning in 1826, it primarily covers two decades (1835-55) when ambition, creativity, successes, failures, and heartache mingles together as is true for normal families of any period. Having first aired in 1973, the Yorkshire production offered almost a documentary timeline, but performed in a drama mode. It is as good as filming was capable of producing nearly a half-century ago. It used the actual family home Hayworth Parsonage as well as the surrounding landscape (Pennine moors) to make the viewer travel back into the days of Bronte mastery of words. Not being an expert in the biographical aspect of the Bronte family, I hesitate to declare the characterizations as authentic, but I can say they are extremely alluring and captivating. Each sibling, even the brother, plus Pa become an endearing person who you empathize with through the thick and thin of life.

A most fascinating part of this DVD set is the cast. Most would have been considered unknowns, certainly not "BIG NAME" stars at the time of filming. For instance the son, Branwell, was played by quite young Michael Kitchen, of course known around the world today for so much, including Foyle's War: Series 1-5 - From Dunkirk to VE-Day . The narrator is Barbara Leigh-Hunt (Pride and Prejudice), while Rev Bronte, Pa, is Alfred Burke (Enemy at the Door). The sisters: eldest Charlotte by Vickery Turner (Good Soldier); Emily by Rosemary McHale (A Time to Dance); and youngest Anne, by Ann Penfold (Cranford). The maid/nanny Tabby is Sheila Raynor (South Riding).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest dramatization of the amazing Bronte family October 27, 2012
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This series bowled me over. You almost have to know the Bronte story in order to realize how well it's done. It is certainly the finest dramatization of the amazing Bronte family I have ever seen. Casting, acting, writing...show me better. Excellent actors who LOOK the part. Amazing!

This program was made with great care. If it looks like the 1970's, well no mystery there, it was made in the 1973. But don't hold that against it . There have been more lavish, more polished and of course very good productions of the story since 1973. But none are as fine on all points as " Brontes of Haworth" imo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Brontes March 1, 2014
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I am very familiar with the Bronte family, having read many biographies and taught about them several times. This product is amazingly true to life; I could swear the actors were the actual Brontes themselves! They looked and acted exactly like their pictures and biographical portraits. The only thing missing was Charlotte's thwarted romance with M. Heger, whom she loved ardently and hopelessly. He never answered her letters, in which she begged for just a crumb of friendliness after she returned to Haworth from Brussels. She alludes to the heartache of unanswered letters later in the miniseries, when Arthur Bell Nichols sent her letters that her father would not allow her to answer. The deaths of all the Bronte children, including Branwell, Anne and Emily, were poignantly presented. Charlotte's demise was the saddest of all, as it ended her brief happy marriage with Nichols. I cannot recommend this film highly enough to anyone interested in the Bronte family. The long-lived father was perhaps the star, and presented so believably that I though he was the real Patrick, still living!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have found this DVD June 11, 2012
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The Brontes are seen as they were, very extraordinary people living very ordinary lives. The film does an excellent job in getting that point across. As was true of their day, the family's hopes and dreams were set on the son who was never able to fulfill his destiny. Melancholy and sadness abound but it was true of the Brontes' lives. A very good film indeed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best dramatization of the Brontës ever October 24, 2012
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I stumbled across this series by accident and I'm very glad I did! I think it's by far best dramatization of the Brontë family's story I've ever seen. Made in 1973, by Yorkshire TV , its sets are simple as are the costumes...but imo that adds to the realism...the Brontës and other people at this time lived much more simply than is usually depicted today.

The cast is superbly suited, everyone is wonderful. The writing is excellent, those involved knew thier subject and loved them I think.

This last ep. shows the crushing loneliness Charlotte had to endure after her 3 siblings died, one after another within 8 months. One has to wonder how she did it. Such a loss would be terrible for anyone. But for a Bronte, it was like being the last of her race. Even with others, you are alone. Two other sisters had died years earlier, so of a family of six children , Charlotte was the last.

Charlotte has to choose, not simply between marrying Arthur Bell Nicholls or remaining single, but will her life be London centered, or Haworth centered? Because as Mrs.Nicholls, she knew it would be the later. However by this time she was getting somewhat weary of London. I believe that is why she finally accepted Arthur and then worked on her father to make the marriage happen. A disenchantment with London had to happen first.

It sadly seems the producers didn't have time to show the 3rd time Mr. Nicholls broke down over his love for CB. It was at the parsonage garden gate after handing over the school deeds to Mr. Bronte. Arthur believed he would not see her again. She came out to find him sobbing. Their love story has as many twists and turns as any Bronte novel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Didn't know much about the family but found this DVD most interesting
Published 1 month ago by Christina Toon
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic portrayal of the Brontes' life as it was back then
Even though this presentation is decades old, it is a wonderful stage play that translates well into film and television. What struck me most is the mood that it conveys. Read more
Published 2 months ago by midwest25
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brontes of Haworth
I think this series is an accurate presentation of the lives, times and characters of the Bronte family and worth viewing for those who love their writing and want to know more of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by JOHN WHITTER
3.0 out of 5 stars 1970's BBC Drama
Another excellent production by the BBC made in the 1970s, which follows the Bronte sisters and the start of their brief literary careers. Read more
Published 8 months ago by crazy about movies
4.0 out of 5 stars very sad
A family full of tragedy, daughters and son live with his father and have a lot of talent to write poems and novels. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Maria A. Perez
4.0 out of 5 stars Is there a Kitchen in the house?
I am a big fan of Michael Kitchen. But not until I was well into the series did I recognize him as the brother of the Bronte sisters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lillian F. Devin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brontes Of Haworth with Michael Kitchen
A very young Michael Kitchen plays a role only a sensitive actor like he could. Very good movie for MK fans.
Published 9 months ago by Rebecca K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely photos
These photos of Haworth and its environs give us a clearer picture of the landscapes which were so much a part of the Bronte sisters' lives. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Judith Tejani
5.0 out of 5 stars Brontes of Haworth
Bought this as a gift for my daughter. She really enjoys it and I borrowed it and it is a great movie.
Published 20 months ago by Fernando Gonzalez
2.0 out of 5 stars English drama
The acting was poor and the cast was one of the worst, I have evern seen. It did not compare with Cramford or Mansfied Park aqll three edition that I have seen. Al Ryan
Published 20 months ago by Alan J. Ryan
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