The Mill On the Floss

The Mill On the Floss

Director: Graham Theakston Cast: James Frain, Nicholas Gecks, Bernard Hill



Graham Theakston directed this Hugh Stoddart adaptation of the 1860 George Eliot novel about the strong bond between Maggie Tulliver (Emily Watson) and her brother Tom (Ifan Meredith) of Dorlcote Mill on the river Floss. The mill has been in their family for 300 years, but their father, Edward Tulliver (Bernard Hill), loses it to shrewd businessman Lawyer Wakem (Nicholas Gecks). His son, sensitive, deformed Philip Wakem (James Frain), loves Maggie. Tom opposes the relationship, and the emotional Maggie, who adores her brother, yields to his authority. Her cousin Lucy Deane (Lucy Whybrow) is engaged to the charming Stephen Guest (James Weber-Brown). On a visit, Stephen and Maggie are immediately attracted to each other, creating a scandal during a boating expedition and prompting Tom to throw her out of the house. Events then lead toward a tragic conclusion. Earlier film versions were released in 1915 and 1937. Shown at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, this movie had its U.S. premiere 10/12/97 on PBS as part of Masterpiece Theatre.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2008
UPC: 0783421339095
Original Release: 1997
Rating: NR
Source: Wgbh
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:52:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Frain Philip Wakem
Nicholas Gecks Lawyer Wakem
Bernard Hill Edward Tulliver
Ifan Meredith Tom Tulliver
Emily Watson Maggie Tulliver
James Weber-Brown Stephen Guest
Lucy Whybrow Lucy Deane
Cheryl Campbell Bessy Tulliver
John Scott Conductor

Technical Credits
Graham Theakston Director
Brian Eastman Producer
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Henry Harris Art Director
Sam Harris Asst. Director
Anne Henderson Casting
David Johnson Cinematographer
Alan Jones Editor
Laura Julian Associate Producer
Sandy Macrae Sound/Sound Designer
John Scott Score Composer
Adrian Smith Production Designer
Hugh Stoddart Screenwriter
Jill Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
George Eliot Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Masterpiece Theatre: The Mill on the Floss
2. Introduction [1:42]
3. Arbitration [14:52]
4. At School With Tom [12:41]
5. Seven Years Later [14:42]
6. The Red Deeps [20:48]
7. Conspiring For Love [21:31]
8. Too Far [11:26]
9. On the Mend [13:19]
10. Credits [1:34]

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The Mill On the Floss 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Based on the classic novel of love and loss by George Eliot, this movie version captures all of the beauty of Dorlcote Mill and explores the love/hate relationship between Maggie Tulliver and her brother Tom. I liked Emily Watson as Maggie, and she brought just the right intelligence and reserve to the role. The childhood sequences were particularly moving, and very accurate to the novel. James Frain is also magnificent as Phillip Wakem, and his character is portrayed very true to the novel. While remaining loyal to the original for most of the movie, the ending is slightly different from that of George Eliot. But the difference is not drastic, and does not effect the overall meaning behind the tragic end. This is a great movie for anyone interested in classic literature, and I highly recommend it!