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The Mayor of Casterbridge

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4.3 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews

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Ciaran Hinds, James Purefoy, Jodhi May. In a moment of alcoholic despair, a farmhand sells his wife and daughter to pay a debt. Years later he is a reformed and respected member of society-until his long-lost family returns seeking redemption. 2001/color/3 hrs., 30 min/NR/fullscreen.


Common sense suggests that no good can come of auctioning off your wife in a drunken fit, but Thomas Hardy's classic novel The Mayor of Casterbridge turns this dark story, set in rural England in the mid-1800s, into a compelling, compulsive ride. The discarded wife (Juliet Aubrey) returns after 19 years with her daughter (Jodhi May) in tow, only to discover that her former husband, Michael Henchard (Ciarán Hinds) has risen as a merchant and a politician. But though he welcomes her back and arranges to renew their bond without public shame, Henchard's pride and fear remain intractable; the struggle for love and happiness collides with shame and secrets as Hardy's complex tale unfolds. While the 1978 miniseries with Alan Bates is much less abridged and gives a fuller immersion into the novel and life at the time, the swiftness of this two-part adaptation makes it more immediately emotionally engaging, and the superb, compact performances by the entire cast (including Polly Walker and James Purefoy) give this version a potent punch. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Thomas Hardy biography and bibliography

Product details

  • Actors: Ciarán Hinds, Juliet Aubrey, Jodhi May, James Purefoy, Polly Walker
  • Directors: David Thacker
  • Writers: Ted Whitehead, Thomas Hardy
  • Producers: Delia Fine, Georgina Lowe, Sally Head
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, 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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  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000AQS3P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,612 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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