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A Tale of Two Cities (1980)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | TV Movie 2 December 1980
An ex-aristocrat from France and an alcoholic English lawyer find themselves crossing paths and in love with the same woman during the French Revolution.

Director:

Jim Goddard

Writers:

Charles Dickens (novel), John Gay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Sarandon ... Sydney Carton / Charles Darnay
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Alexander Manette
Kenneth More ... Dr. Jarvis Lorry
Barry Morse ... St. Evremonde
Flora Robson ... Miss Pross
Billie Whitelaw ... Madame Therese Defarge
Alice Krige ... Lucie Manette
Nigel Hawthorne ... Mr. CJ Stryver
Norman Jones ... Monsieur Ernest Defarge
George Innes ... Jeremiah 'Jerry' Cruncher
David Suchet ... John Barsad
Bernard Hug Bernard Hug ... Gaspard
Valérie de Tilbourg Valérie de Tilbourg ... Seamstress (as Valerie de Tilburg)
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ... Attorney General
Anna Manahan Anna Manahan ... The Vengeance
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Storyline

Dissolute barrister Sydney Carton becomes enchanted and then hopelessly in love with the beautiful Lucie Manette. But Lucie loves and marries Charles Darnay, and remains oblivious to Carton's undimmed devotion to her. When Darnay is ensnared in the deadly web of the French Revolution and condemned to die by the guillotine, Sydney Carton concocts a dangerous plot to free the husband of the woman he loves. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. A time of blinding vengeance. Of soaring passions. Of private honor and public executions. A time when one man's love for a woman was so great, war itself couldn't quench it! See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: A Tale of Two Cities (#30.1) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Terry Gilliam planned an adaptation of the novel in the mid 1990s with Mel Gibson starring. When Warner Brothers reduced the budget and re-cast the lead with Liam Neeson, Gilliam left the project. See more »

Quotes

Sydney Carton: It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.
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Version of A Tale of Two Cities (1907) See more »

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A Reasonable Adaptation
13 January 2005 | by schweinhundt1967See all my reviews

Seeing as how this was made for television,we need to judge this particular production and the standards required for that medium.

For the most part,the cast is very competent.Indeed,Peter Cushing does better as the doctor than ANYONE else that I've seen.Carton,Darnay,Lucy,and the supporting parts are all quite capable.And Kenneth More does a fine job as Mr. Lorry.(Has anyone ever commented on the fact that he's starting to sound and look like Basil Sydney?)Robson is a worthy successor to Oliver.

I had trouble recognizing Suchet as Barsad.The actor playing Defarge come across as depressed and somber,and this isn't quite right.Defrage is a hulking,wounded,inarticulate animal,caught between love and loyalty to his former master,and devotion to his cause.And Madame Defarge is a fat,flabby,clumsy,nasty snake,lacking the fire of Blanche Yurka.Her scenes at the fight and fall of the Bastille were totally unconvincing.And why did they trim down the role of Jerry Cruncher?That sly, funny rogue is perfect for the talents of that splendid character actor George Innes.

Still,it's a worthy effort,and a nice way to see a new slant on the story.


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