The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Mayor of Casterbridge

Director: David Giles Cast: Alan Bates, Jack Galloway



Originally telecast by the BBC from January 22 to March 5, 1978, The Mayor of Casterbridge was a seven-part adaptation of the novel by Thomas Hardy. Alan Bates played the title character, Michael Henchard, the wealthy and popular mayor of the Wessex community of Casterbridge. Things had not always gone so well for Michael, however; some 20 years earlier, in a drunken stupor, he had auctioned off his woebegone wife Susan (Anne Stallybrass) to a sailor named Newsom at a traveling carnival. Unexpectedly, Susan resurfaced in Casterbridge, accompanied by her now-grown daughter Elizabeth-Jane (Janet Maw). Demanding financial assistance from Michael, Susan tells him that Elizabeth-Jane is his own child, and that she will "make trouble" for him unless he cooperates. The strain of the situation drives Michael back into the bottle, while his onetime assistant Farfae (Jack Galloway) not only takes over as Mayor, but also claims Elizabeth-Jane as his sweetheart. The 11th-hour appearance of Susan's common-law husband Newsom (Richard Owens), long believed dead, results in a number of startling and mortifying developments. After its initial British TV run, The Mayor of Casterbridge was shown in America as part of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre anthology beginning September 3, 1978.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2003
UPC: 0054961611096
Original Release: 1978
Rating: NR
Source: Acorn Media
Time: 6:08:00

Special Features

Cast filmographies; Thomas Hardy materials; Scene index

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Vol. 1
1. Flashback [8:25]
2. Auctioned Off [12:02]
3. I Don't Drink [10:13]
4. Right Time [6:12]
5. Still Alive [15:22]
1. Wedding Day [9:11]
2. Overslept [9:43]
3. Surprise Meeting [9:48]
4. Who Is Master? [13:35]
5. No Appetite [9:03]
1. I'm Your Father [10:30]
2. Susan's Secret [10:54]
3. Lucetta [9:32]
4. Depends on Harvest [12:17]
5. Farfrae Visits [8:45]
Side #2 -- Vol. 2
1. Proposal [11:24]
2. I Have Seen [9:42]
3. Secret Revealed [9:32]
4. Saving Lucetta [11:58]
5. Wedding Bells [7:53]
1. Bankruptcy [10:22]
2. Way of the World [13:54]
3. He Hates You [10:07]
4. New Mayor [7:25]
5. Distressed Woman [9:06]
Side #3 -- Vol. 3
1. Request Denied [12:24]
2. Royal Visit [4:48]
3. Argument [9:05]
4. Skimmity-Ride [14:01]
5. Shocked [9:48]
1. Narrowed Grief [10:51]
2. Don't Worry [11:17]
3. Denied Truth [6:02]
4. Facing the Past [15:06]
5. Finding Henchard [9:15]

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The Mayor of Casterbridge 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like a one time viewing, 2 at the most, this movie is not for you. This movie takes time to comprehend. If you like very serious life stories that deal with the good and the bad in us all, you will find it in all these wonderful personalities. When I first watched the movie I was sorry, I bought it. I have watched it now 4 times. and the more I watch it, I breathe the word's, What a awesome story. Every Actor and Actress is wonderful in the part they play. I can not choose to mention one above the other. They are equally responsible for portraying the charactors so perfectly. The acting is what bring's out the awesome story. I am surprised there is not a long list of reviews on this, most interesting movie.