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  • Actors: Diana Rigg, Pamela Brown, Gwen Watford, Denis Quilley, Judi Bowker
  • Directors: George Schaefer
  • Writers: James Costigan, Rumer Godden
  • Producers: George Schaefer, Paul Cameron, Philip Barry Jr.
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305986932
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "In This House of Brede" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Inspirational adaptation of Rumer Godden novel starring Diana Rigg.

Customer Reviews

Still, human beings are human beings!!
Gertrude
This was a very interesting and touching story.
Kayla P.
I have still not received a replacement.
Charles A Marino

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Judith Miller VINE VOICE on March 6, 2004
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IN THIS HOUSE OF BREDE is based on the novel written by that most talented author, Rumer Godden. She's also the author of BLACK NARCISSUS, another great novel that was made into a wonderful film.
This movie begins when an attractive, well-dressed woman leaves her home and travels to an abbey. Phillipa Talbot (Diana Rigg) is a lady who has a successful career and a man who loves her, but is unhappy in that life, and enters the cloistered world of Benedictine nuns.
This is a beautiful production and Diana Rigg gives an outstanding performance as a very worldly and sophisticated person who chooses the religious life. The film is spellbinding and it's one of the few stories that really seem to take you into that unknown world where women become nuns. The relationships among the nuns and postulants were interesting and close friendships were not encouraged since everyone was to be loved equally. This story also shows how committed religious deal with their peers when jealousies arise and personalities are conflicted.
Yes, the book examines the characters more than the film, but that's always the case, and this is a marvelous production
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gertrude on January 31, 2004
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Having lived several years of my life as a religious and a Benedictine, I can state that, for under two hours long, this movie gives quite a good picture of religious life. Nuns, like everyone else, are human beings with all the weaknesses that come with that. Attachments and dependancies on one another do happen, although discouraged, and they aren't necessarily negative. The strong can work through them. And postulants and professed are allowed to speak to each other, at appropriate times of course. Still, human beings are human beings!! Overall a pretty good movie.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SR9 on November 28, 2004
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I have not read the book that this movie was based upon, but from the perspective of watching the movie by itself, I have to say that it was enjoyable! The location they chose for the filming was a perfect stage to tell this gentle story on, and the acting was pleasing. The characters are fleshed out fairly well, and the long time-span that they use to demonstrate the evolution of the main character's vocational life is a nice element.

It's difficult to speak in greater detail without giving too much away, but I can say that this movie is worth a rental for anyone who enjoys stories that focus on interaction, reflection and the dynamics of working and platonic relationships. The characters were authentic and flexible. A good nun movie!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By teachermom on November 3, 2003
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I have not yet read the book, so cannot compare the film to it. But, on its own, I found it so compelling and beautiful. This is what true devotion to Christ is about--love. And about trying and trying again until one does finally get it right. The nuns were all very real, in their demeanor, in their foibles, in their interactions and in their strivings to live a holy life. I watched "The Nun's Story" shortly after seeing "In This House of Brede" and was disgusted with its unrealistic portrayl of devotion to Christ, allowing selfishness and pride to triumph over self-giving love. "In This House of Brede" shows us a good deal of the beauty of the Catholic Church through the devotion of the religious life.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kayla P. on June 13, 2005
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This was a very interesting and touching story. There a few flaws,but I think one would have to be familiar with monastic life to spot them.Also, the film is very slow at the beginning, and one might lose interest before the plot is revealed. There are also some other odd things. For example, even though these nuns consecrate themselves to God and serve Him through prayer, God was only mentioned a few times.Their lives seemed mostly to consist of recreation,talking,and little hard work. Also, in this film almost has a "soap opera" style of acting and plot progression. I think melodrama is narrowly avoided in several scenes. All that said, it is an enjoyable film.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2000
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If you love the book as much as I do, you'll probably see the video/movie as a pale imitation. Granted, the media differ--no film could ever include all the episodes in the book. But, we never learn why Phillipa decided to enter the monestary, there's no Abbess Hester, no Keith, no Sister Polycarp, no Duranski, no motive for the entry of the Japanese postulants and so forth.
The theme of the film is that Phillipa must learn to love everyone equally. Mercifully, the screen writer did leave us Dame Agnes, if only so Phillipa could have a difficult person to learn to love. The theme is therefore "monastic." Therefore this film is a cut above far too many movies about nuns.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Hayslett on February 14, 2002
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Late one night, quite a few years ago, I saw this gem on the tube and enjoyed it so much, I vowed I'd eventually buy it. After reading the book (which is fantastic, if religious cloistered life, complex characters, and picturesque details interest you at all) I was motivated to see it again. After buying it, I found it to be all I remembered, and with the added texture provided by the book, the film was especially entertaining. I grew up with Avenger re-runs and was not surprised to see "Mrs. Peele" had lost none of her appeal in those regal habits.
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