Masterpiece Theatre: Wuthering Heights (2009) 2009 CC

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In Emily Bronte's classic and haunting tale, Heathcliff is tormented by his love for Cathy. Will Cathy choose a life of comfort and wealth with Edgar Linton or will she succumb to her love for Heathcliff? Starring Tom Hardy (The Virgin Queen) as Heathcliff and Charlotte Riley as Cathy.

Starring:
Tom Hardy, Charlotte Riley
Runtime:
2 hours 19 minutes

Masterpiece Theatre: Wuthering Heights (2009)

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Coky Giedroyc
Starring Tom Hardy, Charlotte Riley
Supporting actors Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Lancashire, Burn Gorman, Rosalind Halstead, Rebecca Night, Tom Payne, Andrew Hawley, Kevin McNally, Des McAleer, Shaughan Seymour, Barnaby Kay, Steve Furst, Sia Berkeley, James Harper, Jack O'Connell, Simon Kassianides, John Hollingworth, Declan Wheeldon
Studio PBS
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Great adaptation of the book.
Sonal U.
Tom Hardy is a great actor and really embraced his role portraying Heathcliff.
Rosemary
The scenery and the acting was very well done.
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134 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Diana F. Von Behren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 28, 2009
Format: DVD
Director Coky Giedroyc provides the newly thrice-spliced Masterpiece Theatre with a two and a half-hour remake of Emily Bronte's Gothic classic, "Wuthering Heights (Signet Classics)" that adequately depicts the passionate love/hate relationship made famous by Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff for readers since 1847.

I have not had the pleasure of rereading the novel for a few years, but this adaptation seems remarkably true to the overall spirit of the story. It includes the two generations of Earnshaws and Lintons most noticeably removed from the 1939 film version starring Lawrence Olivier as Heathcliff and Merle Oberon as Catherine (Wuthering Heights 1939 Classic Black and White with Original Theatrical Trailer (Import, All-Region)). The non-linear time sequencing of the film's plot mirrors the timeline of the novel; the only real difference here is the absence of the novel's first person narrators, Mr. Lockwood (Heathcliff's tenant) and Nellie (housekeeper of both Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange). Giedroyc's version employs a third person technique in both the flashback and present day storyline to retell the Earnshaw/Linton history rather than rely on the biased comments of Bronte's storytellers.

Lockwood's absence also means the sequence of events revolving around the apparition of Catherine's ghost does not move the plotline. Instead the opening scene treats us to a vengeful Heathcliff, manipulating his sickly son Linton's marriage to the second generation Catherine, daughter of Edgar and his love.
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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Margo on February 2, 2009
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This adaptation is a fresh rendering that focuses on the complex passions of the two main characters. As a former college professor, I found it difficult to engage my students in reading the novel instead of Cliff's Notes. I think this film version of the novel would definitely inspire those not used to reading 19th century lit to attack the novel with new eyes. I say fresh rendering because the torrid love/hate relationship between Heathcliff and Cathy is the core of the film. It is also about abandonment, including Cathy's. The film is not burdened by the triple narratives of the book. The novel is a Gothic one, but the film dispenses with the supernatural elements that would seem distracting if included. Heathcliff's plea to the dying Cathy to haunt him so they can still be together, Cathy's plea that he let her die in his arms,imagining that she would be tossed out of heaven for loving him too much, the etchings on the wooden wall reading Catherine Earnshaw, Catherine Linton, Catherine Heathcliff, all of these hint at the resignation of the lovers that their lives together are doomed.
I am appreciative of the inclusion of carnal scenes, implicit and explicit, that are merely intimated in the novel. Heathcliff and Cathy tearing each other apart on the crag where they had earlier "lay with each other" and Heathcliff's anguished lovemaking to Isabella where he attempts to feel Cathy's body instead of his wife's. "Turn your face away," he tells her.
I thought the actors wonderful. Tom Hardy's embodiment of the brooding, obsessive Heathcliff is remarkable and the newcomer playing Cathy very good despite shrinking a bit in Hardy's tour de force.
Purists will probably not endorse this version, but it is far and away the best film to capture the essence of the novel, the raw, violent passion between the lovers which is the lynchpin of the story.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Raine on August 12, 2009
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Before watching this movie, I had never read the book or seen any other movie versions, and had no idea what the story was about. I didn't know what I was missing all these years. It inspired me to actually read the book. There are some differences between the book and movie, and some things have been rearranged, but the overall theme of Cathy and Heathcliff's love for each other, is powerful in both the book, and this movie version. It is not a happy story, and I felt so sad at the end, but I still loved it. It was so realistic to me I had to remind myself that it was based on a fiction novel, and these were not real people. I also enjoyed the music, and felt it set the overall mood. I think all the cast were perfect in their roles, and I can't imagine anyone doing a better job as Heathcliff than Tom Hardy. Charlotte Riley plays Cathy and is such a natural beauty that it is easy to believe the undying love that Heathcliff has for her. I would have loved it to be longer, to include some things from the novel that were left out, and I didn't see the need to change the way Heathcliff dies, but overall I loved it. It is sad and haunting, and yet I have watched it several times. It deserves five stars and more!!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By HiMe on January 6, 2010
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While the book offers a treat for your imagination, the film delivers its own delights. I will definitely watch this again to see the characters, costumes, and scenery, which kept me fascinated throughout. The plot twists and turns its way towards a dramatic ending, and left me wanting to see more period films. It's definitely worth your time to watch this movie.
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