Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd

Director: John Schlesinger Cast: Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch

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This 1967 version of Thomas Hardy's novel should have done better at the box office than it did, given the star power of Julie Christie and the visual and aural fidelity to its source material. Julie Christie plays Bathsheba Everdene, a country heiress who is loved by three different men: Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates. Convinced that she is the intellectual superior of all three, Bathesheba loses many early opportunities for lasting happiness. Finally shedding herself of her haughty attitude, Bathsheba unconditionally accepts the love of Bates. The euphoric exuberance of Nicolas Roeg's photography is matched by the direction of John Schlesinger and the screenplay by Frederick Raphael. Only the nittiest of nitpickers would complain that some of the medium shots don't match the closeups (watch Terence Stamp's clown makeup in one scene).

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2009
UPC: 0883929036233
Original Release: 1967
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:51:00
Sales rank: 12,208

Special Features

Extended version with nearly 3 minutes of International Release footage not shown in North American theaters; Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Christie Bathsheba Everdene
Terence Stamp Sgt. Troy
Peter Finch William Boldwood
Alan Bates Gabriel Oak
Prunella Ransome Fanny Robin
Fiona Walker Liddy
Paul Dawkins Henry Fray
Andrew Robertson Andrew Randle
Julian Somers Jan Coggan
Pauline Melville Mrs. Tall
Vincent Harding Mark Clark
Laurence Carter Laban Tall
Margaret Lacey Maryann Money
Harriet Harper Temperance
Denise Coffey Soberness
Brian Rawlinson Matthew Moon
John Garrie Pennyways
Owen Berry Old Smallbury
Michael Beint Laborer
John Barrett Joseph Poorgrass
Bryan Mosley Barker
Alison Leggatt Mrs. Hurst
Fred Jones Cainy Ball
Derek Ware Corporal
Peter Stone Teddy Coggan
Jonathan Newth Gentleman at Cockfight
Peggy Ann Clifford Fat lady at Circus
Alba Gentleman at Party
Frank Duncan Farmer at Corn Exchange
Hugh Walker Farmer at Corn Exchange

Technical Credits
John Schlesinger Director
Alan Barrett Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Rodney Bennett Score Composer
Malcolm Cooke Editor
Marcus Dods Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Janni Producer
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
Frederic Raphael Screenwriter
Nicolas Roeg Cinematographer
Roy Forge Smith Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Far From the Madding Crowd
1. Overture [2:58]
2. Credits [2:34]
3. Country Courtship [7:47]
4. Lost Sheep [4:01]
5. Soldier's Girl [2:28]
6. Looking for Work [4:21]
7. Leadership Under Fire [4:00]
8. Mistress Will Manage [5:04]
9. No Passionate Parts [4:45]
10. Fanny's Mistake [3:33]
11. Grabbing His Attention [3:36]
12. Boldwood's Proposal [5:03]
13. Unwanted Opinion [3:02]
14. Healing Touch [5:40]
15. Bushes and Briars [6:35]
16. Night Beauty [3:18]
17. Swordplay [7:14]
18. The Things They Say [4:03]
19. Passerby [:06]
20. 50lb Price [4:35]
21. Newlyweds [4:06]
22. Harvest Home [5:00]
23. Sleepy and Stormy [6:47]
24. Intermission [4:53]
25. Entr'Acte [1:06]
26. Mourning After [1:40]
27. Fanny's Return [4:32]
28. Repent of Marrying [4:52]
29. Mother and Child [2:54]
30. Secret Pried Open [4:44]
31. His Very Wife [4:37]
32. The Bold Grenadier [2:53]
33. Sad News [5:35]
34. Promise Me [2:51]
35. Big-Top Blackmail [2:02]
36. Turpin's Ride to Town [3:03]
37. Pre-Party Jitters [5:17]
38. Ringed for Tonight [2:53]
39. Unwelcome Guest [3:32]
40. Bound to Go [3:55]
41. Whenever You Look Up [4:17]
42. Cast List [1:47]

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Far from the Madding Crowd 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Celia_Cristina More than 1 year ago
It's a difficult sort of movie to explain, but what's great about it is that it isn't black and white where the main characters are concerned- but then, I don't thnink Thomas Hardy is a fan of the good guy-bad guy storylines. That said, it doesn't end in a giant cloud of moral ambiguity, but it does give the characters reasons for having behaved in certain ways, particularly Bathesheba. It's beautifully shot, as well, and beautifully scored. While I originally felt some scenes could have been shortened for time, if you read the book first, and pay attention to the title, it becomes a sort of necessity (excepting the sword skills scene). Great movie. I don't know why it doesn't get more attention.
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