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Jude (1996)

Christopher Eccleston , Kate Winslet , Michael Winterbottom  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Eccleston, Kate Winslet, Liam Cunningham, Rachel Griffiths, June Whitfield
  • Directors: Michael Winterbottom
  • Writers: Hossein Amini, Thomas Hardy
  • Producers: Andrew Eaton, Mark Shivas, Sheila Fraser Milne, Stewart Till
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Latin
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Polygram/Usa Home Entertaiment
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2000
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y7JN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,851 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jude" on IMDb

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jude the Obscure - English Novel Brought to Life May 8, 2000
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In this 1996 adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel, Jude the Obscure, a sad, archetypal story plays itself out across the rainy English landscape, helped along by brilliant acting and directing alike.
Though the film is admittedly incredibly bleak, and the ending sad beyond words, it is all-told a brilliant, classic film.
After a short opening sequence introducing us to the young Jude, the viewer is quickly drawn into the parameters of Jude's adult world. Almost at once, we begin to feel his pain, his longing, his hope, and his persistence. We understand well what is driving him in his journey through life. This is a novel brought to life, a story in motion.
As a die-hard fan of Kate Winslet, I have to say that this film one of my Winslet favorites. In my view, 1997's blockbuster Titanic was not only a success as a box office triumph or well-loved film in its own right, but also because it opened the world's eyes to the talent of this young British actress, whose consistently fine performances and willingness to break through barriers as an actress have brought the world great joy on the silver screen, and will surely continue to do so well into the new millenium. In Jude, Winslet is charismatic and beautiful (as usual), and plays Sue Brideheard to a tee. Introduced to her in a small, well-loved photograph, we soon come to understand what Jude sees in her. Her beauty, her intelligence, her promise of a better life. Her laughter still echoes in my head, like the flashbacks in the film. She is youth, she is carefree, she is unattainable, she is a vision, a memory, love.
Eccleston is perfect for the role of the ever-yearning Jude, his face a landscape of green hills, rain, cobblestone streets and stone carvings, and green hills yet again.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do not expect a happy end February 4, 2001
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This screen adaptation of the classic by Thomas Hardy (Jude the Obscure) stars Christopher Eccleston as Jude Fawley and a slim Kate Winslet as his cousin, Sue Bridehead. Strong supporting roles are provided by Rachel Griffiths, June Whitfield and Liam Cunningham.
The film starts like many American films: someone poor and disadvsntaged has a driving ambition to succeed. If this were an American film, we would be sure of a happy ending: Jude finds a well-paid job and lives happily ever after with Sue and the children. Anyone familiar with the work of Thomas Hardy will expect fate to intervene and somehow make it impossible for the protagonists to realize their dreams. If Thomas Hardy had been born somewhat later and worked as a screenwriter, I cannot help thinking he would have specialized in the film noir genre.
My main criticism is that none of the actors manages an authentic Dorset accent, with the possible exception of June Whitfield. Christopher Eccleston attempts one but invariably goes back to his Manchester accent. Rachel Griffiths produces something that sounds more like an Irish accent whilst Kate Winslet usually speaks like she does in Titanic.
The film contains a few very strong scenes: a pig being slaughtered and disembowelled as well as a close-up of Kate Winslet giving birth.
As a screen adaptation of one of the classics of English literature there is a lot of material, feeling pain and suffering, crammed into 110 minutes, so much so that I kept finding new meaning after four viewings. Perhaps those familiar with Hardy will prefer to read the novel whilst those who are not will find this adaptation slow and depressing.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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While I realize a filmmaker can't be expected to slavishly follow the original text word for word, most go too far in remaking the characters as they see fit. "Jude" is a good example. In this version, Sue has been crystalized from a flighty woman "in love with being loved" to an opinionated pre-feminist. Arabella has peeled off several layers of crassness to reveal a pragmatic, self-sufficient person who is simply trying to get by. Even Aunt Drusilla must have found better living through medication; she's now a basically good-hearted person who cares deeply for her adopted nephew! After I got past those little changes, I had to take a skeptical look at Jude himself -- with everyone around him now presented in such a sympathetic light, you start wondering, "What's HIS problem?"
For example, since Arabella's basic lack of compassion is never exposed, one can only wonder why Jude leaves the house as she's butchering the pig: Is he sickened by the sight of blood? Is he repulsed by seeing his bride up to her elbows in pig entrails? In the book version, the issue was that Arabella wanted to prolong the pig's death to make the meat tastier, while Jude insisted on putting the poor creature out of its misery. In the movie, you might assume he'd thought bacon grew on trees.
Another change from book to film: "Jude the Obscure" was considered scandalous when it was published, but what can shock a jaded '90s audience? Hmm... *ponder*... Oh, I know! More sex scenes! Suffice it to say, if you've ever wondered what Kate Winslet looks like in the buff, you need wonder no more. As for Christopher Eccleston, a fig leaf would've covered everything we didn't see. There's a lot more eroticism here than the book called for.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Cut /Censored version
Cut Version... they don't tell you that as nothing on cover except name is in English. I would call it misrepresented
Published 4 months ago by Larry B
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreakingly Wonderful
I cannot tell you how much I love this movie. Christopher Eccleston is pure genius, playing Jude with such honesty and raw conviction he fairly exudes warmth! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jackjeanh
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a gift
This was given as a gift to a friend. They had seen it before and wanted to see it again. They like it.
Published 11 months ago by kathleen cupples
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD (Jude) will not play in my DVD player.
The movie would not play in my DVD player, the wording that was on my TV screen was (Region Error). I have not mail the DVD back at this time.
Published 19 months ago by George Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough for one viewing
You don't need to see this more than once; it just isn't that fantastic. The actors are serviceable and the story plays out the way you might expect it to. Read more
Published on July 16, 2012 by Viva
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, But as Depressing as Hardy Often Is
Based on the book "Jude the Obscure" by Thomas Hardy.

Jude Fawley (Christopher Eccleston) is a stonemason who wants more than anything to take a college degree. Read more
Published on May 11, 2012 by Barbara Frederick
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional sledgehammer of a film
My reaction is the complete opposite of the Tom Keogh editorial review on this page. This film captured a poignant, fatalistic, bleakly powerful tone better than most films I've... Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by BOB
1.0 out of 5 stars Too depressing to call entertainment
I can't believe this movie has such a high rating. If you want to see decent people's lives totally destroyed by making poor decisions, class distinction and religious prejudice,... Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by Reacass
2.0 out of 5 stars only threequarters told
Unless i had a duff copy the movie ends in the graveyard with Jude pleading to a departing Sue...then the credits??? Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by titanic
2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless Pursuit of Love
A movie of forbidden love between cousins. I wish I could say I enjoyed the story, but when you watch individuals making pointless choices in life, I often don't find it very... Read more
Published on November 27, 2011 by Vicki Hopkins, Author
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