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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

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A middle-aged spinster falls in love with a fellow resident of her boardinghouse, who mistakenly believes she has the money to help him start a new business.

Director:

Jack Clayton

Writers:

Brian Moore (novel), Peter Nelson (screenplay)
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Smith ... Judith Hearne
Bob Hoskins ... James Madden
Wendy Hiller ... Aunt D'Arcy
Marie Kean ... Mrs. Rice
Ian McNeice ... Bernard Rice
Alan Devlin Alan Devlin ... Father Quigley
Rudi Davies ... Mary
Prunella Scales ... Moira O'Neill
Áine Ní Mhuirí Áine Ní Mhuirí ... Edie Marinan
Sheila Reid ... Miss Friel
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Mr. Lenehan
Kate Binchy Kate Binchy ... Sister Ignatius
Martina Stanley Martina Stanley ... Sister Mary-Paul
Veronica Quilligan ... Mrs. Mullen
Frank Egerton Frank Egerton ... The Major
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Storyline

A penniless middle-aged spinster scrapes by giving piano lessons in the Dublin of the 1950s. She makes a sad last bid for love with a fellow resident of her rundown boarding house, who imagines she has the money to bankroll the business he hopes to open. Written by Morganalee

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An unlikely relationship based on love, faith, and a little deception.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Paixão Solitária de Judith Hearne See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$523,091
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987) was the second back-to-back consecutive cinema movie directed by Jack Clayton which had a long title with Clayton's previous feature film being Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983). See more »


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My brief review of the film
11 December 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

Playing an atypically quiet character for the most part, Maggie Smith is excellent in this film, and she deservedly won the BAFTA award for Best Actress for her role. As for the film itself, it is also powered by some fine acting from Marie Kean, and the motivations are interesting for each and every character - the film is a study of why different persons do what they do and what they expect in return. Sadly the snail's pacing is a bit slow for the material to have vigor, and some techniques used do not come off well, such as the melding of flashbacks and double narration with two characters each saying their thoughts. The gloom and anger in the film tend to verge on the excessive, but yet these sad emotions bring extra power to the story, and there really is not much of a story - in terms of events - to work with, but the film manages to do a satisfactory job. However, to call Smith satisfactory would not be justice at all. She is simply wonderful, in one of her last great performances, and the film is worth seeing for her work in it alone.


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