Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea

Director: John Duigan Cast: Karina Lombard, Nathaniel Parker, Rachel Ward


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Director John Duigan brings Jean Rhys' difficult 1966 best-selling novel to the screen. It's a story meant to be a prequel to Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre, surmising what drove the first Mrs. Rochester mad in that novel. In Jamaica in the 1840s, slavery has been recently outlawed. Plantation owner Annette Cosway (Rachel Ward) has become so poor that she marries a rich, boorish Englishman whom she does not love. Her husband, Paul Mason (Michael York), is a sexist, racist tyrant who mistreats his servants and his wife. Paul flees to England after the servants and their countrymen revolt and burn down the mansion, killing Annette's young son. Annette goes insane and is consigned to the care of a servant. Her daughter Antoinette (Karina Lombard) is placed in a convent until she is old enough to inherit the property, but the inheritance depends on her marrying a proper husband. By previous arrangement, she marries Edward Rochester (Nathaniel Parker). At first they are lustily in love, but Rochester proves to be as elitist who is as disrespectful as Mason. Rochester has title to all of Antoinette's property, but he despises Jamaica and wants to return to England. He also fears the black magic of Christophene (Claudia Robinson), who mixes up a voodoo potion which ends up driving the couple farther apart. ~ Michael Betzold

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/2015
UPC: 0888574320676
Original Release: 1992
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 25,682

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Karina Lombard Antoinette Cosway
Nathaniel Parker Edward Rochester
Rachel Ward Annette Cosway
Michael York Paul Mason
Martine Beswicke Aunt Cora
Claudia Robinson Christophene
Rowena King Amelie
Huw Christie Williams Richard Mason
Dorothy Cunningham 2nd Woman
Ben Thomas Daniel Conway
Paul Campbell Young Bull
Kevin Thomas Benbow
Bobby Smith Machete Man
Naomi Watts Fanny Grey

Technical Credits
John Duigan Director,Screenwriter
Gabriel Beristain Cinematographer
Susan Bolles Art Director
Geoff Burton Cinematographer
James Cohen Asst. Director
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
Shelagh Delaney Screenwriter
Anne Goursaud Editor
Michael Howells Production Designer
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects
Karen Koch Producer
Norma Moriceau Costumes/Costume Designer
Sara Risher Executive Producer
Jan Sharp Producer,Screenwriter
P.J. Voeten Asst. Director
Noriko Watanabe Makeup

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Wide Sargasso Sea 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies and book; the movie is so lush, beautiful, sad. If I have any complaint it's that the sex scenes are too steamy to watch with a daughter, but then, I think they are necessary. I am surprised that this movie was not a hit--perhaps it was too close to the truth, which is not reflected in the reviews below. Antoinette did not go crazy because of the loss of her parents or other family/social tragedy; she was driven out of her mind after having everything taken from her by her husband--including love--and being taken from her home in Jamaica and locked in an attic in England. Part of the message of Jean Rhys (the author) is how men seize control of women--and in this era their fortune--and she is at his mercy. Even if he hates her, he will not let her go. She is his personal property, and he would prefer to lock her away, to ruin her, than to let her go. Another is how it is that our greatest women, the exotic woman, the uppity woman, the non-conforming woman, the woman too beautiful for her own good, will always be destroyed. Then and now. The most important theme, however, is the power of rumor, of false accusations. To be called what you are not and treated accordingly strips one of their identity and imposes a false identity, that is the key to psychic destruction, not hard times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt so sorry for Antionette(Katrina Lombard)To lose your father and brother to a early traumatic death is bad enough,but to lose your mother is worse. No wonder the poor woman went crazy. Nathaniel Parker is the elitist who marries her and then later fearing he will lose control,coldly turns away from her. A movie to drag your boyfriend to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wide Sargasso sea is different from the book. Paul mason does not mistreat his wife in the book - he loves her but from what i gathered annette doesn't love him. Rochester doesn't mistreat Antoinette, he is just indifferent to her. I dislike movies that don't really stick to the novels much and I definately was not impressed with this version of Wide Sargasso sea.