My Brother Jonathan (1985/BBC)
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Daniel Day-Lewis plays Jonathan, the ungainly, neglected eldest son of a family living in the Black Country. His younger brother Harold is everything he is not - athletic, handsome and clever. Despite the favoritism shown to Harold, the two boys build a close friendship that lasts a lifetime and ends in tragedy. Based on the novel by Francis Brett Young.]]>
Top Customer Reviews
It's a wonderful story, once we catch up to its first scene. The parents are rather comic characters, and a bit distracting. Overall, this is a wonderful drama, especially through the first four episodes. The fifth brings everything to an all but too hasty and tragic conclusion. Day-Lewis, Barbara Kellermann, and the other leads are excellent, and I would award this a good four and one-half stars.
With hindsight, I find the plot a bit melodramatic, but it is very much a 19th Century story, so you have to see it in the context of the period.
I'm very glad to have this DVD in my collection anyway - great to find it too, I'd been looking for it for ages...
As to a young Daniel Day-Lewis busting his acting chops on this drama...well, he will NOT DISAPPOINT! It's a very good but sad tale that is bloody good!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the most memorable of BBC productions, but being a BBC production, it doesn't disappoint, eitherPublished 1 month ago by Chimmy
This series is sweet, tender, and sentimental. Lewis is at his young best here in a role that makes him a hero all 'round. There is a surprise ending. Bring a hankie.Published on June 27, 2013 by Krandall Kraus
A young Daniel Day-Lewis is a wonder to behold. Seeing him so young is truly a great experience for anyone.Published on June 16, 2013 by H. F. Coleman