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Under the Greenwood Tree (2005)

In this lighthearted romance from Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy, the beautiful new village school teacher is pursued by three suitors: a working-class man, a landowner, and the vicar.

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Elias Spinks
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Anne Roebuck
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Young educated beauty Fancy Day comes to town to teach school and care for her ailing father. Soon gossip around town turns to who Miss Day will marry. The lead contender is wealthy Mr. Shinar. Fancy, however, has also caught the attention of poor Dick Dewy and Parson Maybold. Poor Fancy is also caught in the middle of a feud between the parson and the former church choir when the parson introduces a harmonium to provide the church music, effectively usurping the choir, and asks Fancy to play. Written by Kim

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Goofs

When Fancy is playing the harmonium alone in Parson Maybold's house, the movement of her hands fails to sync up with the sound of the harmonium. See more »

Quotes

Parson Maybold: I offer you the world and your answer is no?
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Edited into Masterpiece Classic: Under the Greenwood Tree (2006) See more »

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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Music by Richard Storrs Willis (as Richard S. Willis)
Lyrics by Edmund Hamilton Sears (as Edmund H. Sears)
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A delightful film, but...
23 December 2007 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Overall I liked this film: it was visually beautiful and the story was enthralling. The one criticism I have, and it is a big one, is that Keeley Hawes is miscast as Fancy Day. She is too old and world-wise. I understand she was born in 1977, which would make her 29 when playing the part. Hardy describes Fancy as "a young girl","oscillating between courage and shyness". At times the lines around Hawes' eyes and mouth give away her age, but the main failure is that she comes across as a self-assured, mature woman rather than an uncertain girl beginning her adult life, dominated by her father and dismayed by the attentions of three suitors.


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