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LORNA DOONE

3.4 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

A classic story of romance, revenge, and adventure

"Lavish" --The Guardian (U.K.)
"Fine performances" --The Sun (U.K.)
"Authentic atmosphere" --London Evening Standard

John Ridd was just a boy when the villainous Doones murdered his father. Now a young man, John has two driving passions: his thirst for revenge against the outlaw Doones, and his love for the beautiful Lorna, daughter of his sworn enemies.

Clive Owen (Children of Men, Closer), Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, Sharpe), and a luminous Polly Walker (Rome, State of Play) star in this action-packed adventure set in lawless 17th-century England during the Monmouth rebellion. Spectacular scenery, a stellar cast, and realistic period details ornament R.D. Blackmore’s beloved novel, one of the greatest love stories of all time.

With Billie Whitelaw (Quills, Napoleon and Love), Robert Stephens (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), Hugh Fraser (Agatha Christie’s Poirot), and Miles Anderson (House of Cards).


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Cast filmographies
R.D. Blackmore biography
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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael MacKenzie, Andrew Ferguson, Sean Bean, Claire Madden, Clive Owen
  • Directors: Andrew Grieve
  • Writers: Matthew Jacobs, R.D. Blackmore
  • Producers: Alan Horrox, Antony Root, Peter Richardson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KK3IIC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "LORNA DOONE" on IMDb

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By Claudia Kurzyna on February 14, 2002
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Lorna Doone is the story of the banished"Doone" clan, and it is a period film that Sean Bean does very well. Sean plays Carver Doone a man who must live by his wits after he and his clan are banished. Its the story of the love also between John Ridd and Lorna Doone, who was married to Carver. Sean's character is masterfully played, he is a man who is a product of his environment, who must hunt, hurt and yes steal in order to have his family survive! Its Sean Bean at his best, and it also stars his castmates from "Patriot Games" Polly Walker and Hugh Fraser, its a period film that should be seen! Its Sean Bean with the walk and the language of a man who is forced to become an outlaw so that he can survive, its a man who does what he hates to do in order to live, and its the story of Carver's love for Lorna as well as John Ridd's love for her. Enjoy the film! Sean Bean does wonderful work for the BBC and English TV.
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To appreciate this video you must have an intrest in old England and the period around the 'Monmouth Rebellion' It is a tale of Love overcoming barriers in the West of England in the Counties of Devon and Somerset. Realistic shooting captures the era well and avoids Holywood 'glitz'. Worth watching.
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I own the other Lorna Doone Movie and this one was not in the same league. It was too short, first of all. It was like they were in a hurry to tell the story. It was not romantic at all. Beside the handsome Clive Owen and Sean Bean, the other characters were not good at all. It was a bad movie!!! I recommend the other Lorna Doone - DVD starring Richard Coyle and Amelia Warner. This was bad, not worth buying, just renting!
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Although this film features three very fine actors, it is far too short to do justice to the story. There wasn't enough urgency in the script to bring interesting action to the screen. Granted it was filmed in 1990, early in the careers of the three actors, and did have strong, established actors in the supporting roles, it did not deliver. Best thing about it is Sean Bean in his "bad guy" guise.
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I like period drama, I like British drama, and I like Sean Bean. That makes this a perfect triple header. And Mr. Bean delivers. While I would have liked the characters fleshed out a bit more, and WHY Lorna would prefer that dry stick John Ridd I don't know. That is never understood. He looks and acts like a Puritan. What makes the movie interesting is the character of Carver Doone, the illegitimate son and supposed heir to the Doones. The Doones are a clan of reivers, for all intents and purposes, disenfranchised and having to make their way outside the law, and Carver does all he can to hold them together, doing whatever it takes, usually under his father's orders. He has lost his wife and lives for his young son. But in a fit of charity, he rescued and brought to the Doones to raise, young Lorna, and that is his downfall. While Carver never seems to feel much romantic connection to Lorna, he is protective, and the character of Carver, as Mr. Bean plays it, is protective of those he cares about. Lorna comes off as a bit silly and willful. Her attraction to John Ridd seems inexplicable and more in line of a Romeo and Juliet forbidden fruit combined with teenage rebellion scenario, except she and John are not teenagers. The look Carver gives his father when, after all he has done for the Doones, his father proposes to set Carver, as a bastard, aside in favor of Lorna and her lover, Carver's enemy, is pure pathos. And it sparks all that comes after and costs Carver all he has cared about and protected, and the ultimate betrayal. If you're a fan of Sean Bean, watch this for his performance alone. But don't expect it to be like the book. (But then so few movies are).
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The video quality was not up to Amazon standards. The movie itself was not worth buying, poor development of the main characters, very disappointed. With such good actors, the director obviously did not do his job to bring the novel to life. Save your money. Thanks!
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I agree with the reviewer who said the A&E 2001 version of this story is much better. While the actors in this version are better known, there was no chemistry at all between Clive Owen and the female lead. Also, the way the "romance" was handled created no dramatic tension. In fact, the pacing seemed off for the entire movie. What should have been adventurous and daring ended up flat, boring, and slightly confusing. I don't think it was the brevity of the film itself--I found myself waiting for it to end--but rather that the elements that make up good story telling were markedly absent. I was glad I had gotten this out of the library and neither rented nor bought it.
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This version does not have the authentic, I-feel-like-I'm-there aspect of the A&E movie. The actors are, for the most part, wooden (with Sean Bean the exception) and the "romance" seems forced and contrived. In fact, there is no kissing until the end of the movie! The triangle between John Ridd, Lorna Doone (or Lady Lorna Dugal, whichever you prefer)and the evil Carver Doone isn't mentioned or expanded upon. We don't get much insight into Carver here, or as to why he has some (if any) romantic feelings for Lorna. This movie cuts out many of the key and interesting characters of the novel, such as Counsellor Doone, and John's sharp-tongued youngest sister Lizzie which were crucial to the plot. The screenplay itself is lacking in conviction. The political intrigue also doesn't figure in the script. The way Lorna came into being with the Doones isn't true to the original story. Now, don't get me wrong, Clive Owen is a handsome and accomplished actor (watch Gosford Park and King Arthur for confirmation) but he comes across as bland and stoic throughout, and long hair (it may have been a bad wig) just doesn't suit him. Polly Walker is a lovely and accomplished actress (see Enchanted April and Patriot Games, in which she also costarred with Sean Bean), but she appears colorless and lackluster. She has a cold sore on her lip that make-up can't hide, and the costumes don't seem authentic. The late Robert Stephens does a respectable turn as Sir Ensor Doone, although he only refers to Lorna as his favorite rather than his granddaughter, which she was reputed to be in the book. Also, it seems to me that Owen and Walker are too old for their roles (maybe it's the make-up) and the scenery is brown, cold, gray and barren, without so much of a hint of a sunny sky.Read more ›
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