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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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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

Château de Vincennes, Vincennes, Val-de-Marne stood in for the Bastille. 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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Wonderful movie, full of emotion
17 February 2005 | by notperfect_justlovedSee all my reviews

I thought this was an incredible movie, especially for being an '80's movie. Most movies from the '80's hardly impress me, but this was an undoubtable exception. We watched this in my history class and I was honestly shocked at the emotion and feeling put into every part and the realism represented by the film-makers. Very historically correct, which especially impressed me. It was a very good representation of Dickens' wonderful book, which I read last summer and plan on reading again as a result. I was literally in tears, and in front of my history class, too! It was very moving and aroused a feeling of sympathy in my heart. The theme of absolute love was shown well and made a great impact. Wonderful movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was surprised just how closely it followed the book and history as well.


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