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Silas Marner, The Weaver of Raveloe (2007)

Sir Ben Kingsley , Patsy Kensit  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sir Ben Kingsley, Patsy Kensit, Jenny Agutter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M2E322
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Silas Marner, The Weaver of Raveloe" on IMDb

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Silas Marner, a member of a strict religious community, is wrongly accused of theft and has no choice but to move to a faraway village. For 15 years he lives alone, hoarding the money he makes from his weaving and gaining a reputation as a recluse, a miser, and perhaps even a witch. Marner's life changes dramatically one Christmas season, when his gold is stolen and a mysterious woman dies in the woods outside his cottage. She leaves behind a child that Marner, to the surprise of the other villagers, takes into his home to raise as his daughter. The arrival of the infant, whom he names Eppie after his mother, transforms Marner. His bitterness evaporates; he no longer cares about his lost money; and he commits himself completely to his adopted child, who grows up into a loving and beautiful daughter. But Marner's happiness may be threatened, because Eppie is really the daughter of the local squire, who was secretly married to the woman whose body Marner discovered. Remarried, but childless, the squire decides he wants to claim Eppie as his own.

Ben Kingsley gives a subtle and moving performance as the simple weaver, and a strong cast gives him ample support in this 1985 BBC adaptation of George Eliot's novel. Silas Marner is not particularly complex--it's certainly a more modest undertaking than Eliot's most famous novel, Middlemarch--but this sentimental Victorian tale, filled with historical detail, potential tragedy, heartless villains, and the redeeming power of childhood, makes for a very satisfying film. --Simon Leake

Product Description

Silas Marner was a man who had everything - until he lost it all. Falsely accused of theft and driven out of his town, Silas starts life anew. One day, upon arriving home, he discovers a foundling child asleep on the hearth. Could this young girl be the redemption to love and happiness that Silas has been looking for?

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic literature becomes a classic movie June 10, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
If it weren't for movies based on books today, many of us would never become acquainted with classic literature. Silas Marner is a gem of a movie, obviously based on a classic, and after seeing it, I understand why the book is required reading in many English classes. I myself have never read the book, and therefore appreciate becoming acquainted with it through this movie.
The setting appears to be in the 1600-1700s England. Silas Marner is wrongly accused of murder and is exiled from his community. When he arrives in another village, he becomes the mysterious weaver of fine cloth, who lives alone and rarely speaks to anyone. The squire from whom he rents his cottage meanwhile, is providing for his opium-addicted wife that he has secretly married. He keeps her and their baby daughter hidden from the public in a tiny apartment in the village. Struggling to the squire's mansion one night to reveal her existence to his family, the woman dies in the snow, and Silas Marner finds the toddler in his cottage. Immediately he takes to her, and convinces people he should adopt her. The following part of the movie of his developing relationship with this adorable little acress is precious.
Marner lives frugally, raising the child, but when she is 16, the squire steps in, and Marner and his daughter must make a decision that will test their relationship. There is a subplot concerning the squire's wayward brother whose actions affect all their lives, forcing all the characters to a turning point.
Ben Kingsley's acting is excellent as he goes through the different periods of his life, and the movie does a fine job of portraying the era. The movie, like the book, may not be top-draw, but like the book, it also deserves classic status.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silas Marner Stays True To Book May 24, 1998
Format:VHS Tape
After reading George Eliot's masterpiece, Silas Marner, I rented this video from my local library. I was presently surprised to see that the movie followed the basic pattern of the book. Though there were a few variances, for the most part Ben Kingsley did a masterful job of bringing Silas Marner to life. Kingsley's portrayal of the old miser was stunning. However, the best acting came from the young lady who portrayed the heroin-addicted wife of Godfrey Cass. The love between Eppie and Silas was almost felt by the viewers. Kingsley is a most remarkable actor, and this is one movie that you should purchase for your own collection. END
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful adaptation October 17, 2004
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This is a fantastic, and very accurate adaptation of George Eliot's novelette, Silas Marner. The acting is superb, and with its fairy-tale like quality, very enchanting. One of Eliot's most creative pieces, often wasted on the young who cannot appreciate the storyline, it becomes more endearing as you age! This definitely needs to come out on DVD!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Piece Of Work December 17, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Having watched this drama, I can recomend it highly to anyone who wishes to purchase it. It catches the characters in there historical background perfectly and the acting is superb. You will be delighted with it should you buy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly faithful adaptation February 13, 2010
George Eliot is one of my favorite authors of English literature, and my favorite of her novels is Middlemarch.
I confess Silas Marner (1985)is not my favorite of Eliot's works, but this adaptation does stay faithful to the novel for the most part. Sir Ben Kingsley does a credible job in the title role of Silas Marner, who despite having led a reclusive life for many years, changes dramatically when he decides to raise a motherless infant girl whom he names Eppie. Kingsley's performance is both touching and heartbreaking and Eppie's romance feels altogether real. This is a recommended watch for fans of George Eliot's works as well as those who love watching period dramas.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silas Marner, The Weaver of Raveloe August 26, 2007
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George Eliot's classic, _Silas Marner_, is masterfully recreated by the BBC, and the character of Marner is superbly performed by veterian actor and Academy Award winner, Ben Kingsley. This charming story is about a man, Silas Marner, who is wrongly accused of theft and is then ostracized by his religious community. Silas takes up residence in a faraway town, continuing his means of livelyhood as a weaver. Marner becomes a recluse and a miser, his gold becoming an obsession. When Marner's gold is stolen, see how Silas Marner experiences Redemption.Silas Marner, The Weaver of Raveloe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silas Marner April 20, 2009
By Amy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I read this book for the first time a couple of years ago. I didn't really think that all of the pertinent information in the book could be included in a 90 minute movie...but I can think of nothing left out.

And the fact that it stays true to the book was important to me, also. Very touching, very believable acting.

Interesting and informative George Eliot biography bonus feature is also included.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good July 20, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I enjoyed this well-made version of the novel. It was intelligently made and very moving, especially toward the end. It is a stirring testimony to loyalty and love. I am hoping the film will soon be available on DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best of the old PBS originals. A must have for your collection of DVDs
Published 2 months ago by LA
1.0 out of 5 stars didn't work on any machine
didn't work on any machine, but only realised when went to view after about 3 weeks - need to play immediately
Published 3 months ago by jan clayton
3.0 out of 5 stars Well....
I purchased this for use in a high school classroom. I wasn't expecting much - Silas Marner the novel is so philosophical - the real depth of the situations cannot possibly be... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Don Hollister
5.0 out of 5 stars George Eliot: A Scandalous Life
This DVD includes a very special bonus: the BBC 60 minute production of "A Scandalous Life." This is a stunning video biography of George Eliott that alone is worth the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. E. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
The photography and acting in this classic is amazing. If you love period pieces with characters you can admire and root for, this is it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by zinnia
3.0 out of 5 stars Different from book
I bought this to help my daughter do a school paper on the book, it is too different from the book to have been of use.
Published 4 months ago by Kare
5.0 out of 5 stars From Masterpiece Theater
One of my favorite books and movies. It is faithful to the story and very well acted. Love the costuming and views of the countryside.
Published 7 months ago by lori
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!
We use this as an introduction to literature for our 8th grade students. They enjoyed the entire story. We'll show it again next school year.
Published 7 months ago by Bonnie LeCates
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Such a tender story about a man who was misunderstood because of a seizure-type ailment. I have watched it over and over. Goodness and gentleness are shown by a humble man.
Published 8 months ago by Linda C. Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars George Eliot Lite
Fans of Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda will not be disappointed in Silas Marner. The main character has all the complexity of the characters in her other and longer novels but the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Laura Campbell
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