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Wuthering Heights 1998

NR
3.7 out of 5 stars (69) IMDb 6.7/10

The Yorkshire moors form the bleak setting for Emily Brontë's timeless tale of a passion so powerful it defies all social boundaries, and finally challenges death itself.

Starring:
Robert Cavanah, Peter Davison
Runtime:
1 hour, 52 minutes

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Format: VHS Tape
Wuthering Heights is very nearly unfilmable - as three major film versions over the last 60 years have admirably proved. The 1939 version was a great film, but it wasn't Wuthering Heights. The 1970 version came closer to the spirit of Emily Bronte's novel and had a fine Heathcliff in Timothy Dalton, but was very much a child of its time and massacred by post-production cuts. The less said about the 1992 version, the better.
You could, therefore, be forgiven for approaching a made-for-television version with a cast of comparative "unknowns" with scepticism. You would, however, be wrong. This version of Wuthering Heights is stunningly good. More than that, Emily Bronte would have recognised it as the book she wrote.
No major characters are missing. No major events are missing. The book has been filmed faithfully, from beginning to end. The script is based closely on the novel and was plainly written by someone intimately acquainted with it. It keeps up the narrative pace throughout and even manages to incorporate the haunting links between past and future, future and past that the author intended, but no-one else has ever picked up on.
The performances are uniformly excellent. Robert Cavanah is breathtakingly good in that Everest of roles, Heathcliff. He scales the histrionic heights necessary to tackle the part without once toppling over the edge into melodrama - showing us the man's psychosis, and its origins, without ever quite letting go of his humanity. His Cathy, Orla Brady, matches him stride for stride - and it`s wonderful to see the "delirious" scene, where Cathy rips apart her pillow and starts sorting the feathers out, played in full and as written.
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No movie should be allowed to escape the stigma of infidelity to her literary origin. What possessed the makers of the Olivier/Oberon "WH" to ravage and brutalize Bronte's masterpiece (chopping off the last 17 chapters, by God!)I'll never know...THANK GOD for filmmakers and screenwriters of integrity. They have brought us such worthy adaptations of classics as this Mobil Masterpiece Theatre WH. The following are my complaints, concerning the minor flaws of the film: 1. Nelly does not narrate the film, as she does for most of the novel. Bronte's skill in interweaving the different POVs of different narrators is one of the novel's signatures, and contributes greatly to our perspective of the stories' events. 2. Sadly, too short! I could sit through a 4-hour rendition if it were executed with the finesse this movie was. But here are some of the many strengths of this, the best screen adaptation of WH: 1. The screenwriters have not played God with the script. In modest deference to the genius of Bronte, the writers start with a bare-bones version of the ENTIRE story, with the complete, intact plot and subplots outlined, with all major incidents and dialogues included, and add just enough details to make us nod with recognition (e.g. Cathy sorting feathers on her bed). The scenes included in the script have been carefully and well chosen with the time constraints in mind. 2. The actors have all been well-cast, especially Heathcliff-dark and cruel and vulnerable at once-and Cathy,a refreshingly wild,strong,and intense portrayal, especially compared to Juliette Binoche's silly, simpering Cathy of 1992's big-screen WH. 3. The scenes are elegantly filmed on location in Yorkshire, inobtrusively providing the barren backdrop for the pseudo-Gothic story. 4.Read more ›
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I find that this 1998 Masterpiece theater TV version follows the novel of the same name pretty faithfully. One who has never read the novel may find the action moving too quickly, so that the flow of the movie may seem slightly abrupt or choppy. However, the movie is only 2 hours long, which is probably why they had to cut out parts of the book and take some liberties with ages and certain details. That does not detract too much from the enjoyment of this movie, which despite its choppiness, has excellent acting, beautiful cinematography (the landscapes are breathtaking), and a wonderfully wrought out, bitter plot which focuses on three generations of two families who are intimately interlocked with each other. Heathcliff definitely comes off as the cruel, embittered man he is in the book, and it's great to see a TV movie capture the personalities of all the characters so well. Highly recommended movie and I'm so glad it's finally out on DVD, though I find the quality is hardly digital quality. But DVD is still a more enduring format than VHS and will most likely last longer.
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Format: DVD
Wuthering Heights, a tale of forbidden love and revenge, has fascinated readers for generations. Heathcliff, a young vagabond, is charitably brought to the estate of Wuthering Heights to live by the kind Mr. Earnshaw. His son Hindley repudiates the boy, while daughter Cathy latches on to the young Heathcliff, and they soon become inseparable. The love story that follows transcends time, as Heathcliff will stop at nothing to be with the love of his life.

London Weekend Television has done a wonderful job in bringing Emily Bronte's famed classic novel to the screen. There have been many adaptations, but this is the first one that I know of that remains wholly faithful to the book.

Orla Brady gives a wonderful performance as the spirited Cathy, while Crispin Bonham Carter truly shines as Cathy's husband Edgar Linton. Robert Cavanah does the role of Heathcliff justice, but I believe he looked a bit old for the part; especially against the youthful looking Brady.

For anyone who wants a complete and faithful adaptation of Emily Bronte's wonderful story, look to this version of Wuthering Heights.
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