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Cold Comfort Farm (1995)

A recently orphaned young woman goes to live with eccentric relatives in Sussex, where she sets about improving their gloomy lives.

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Malcolm Bradbury (screenplay), Stella Gibbons (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eileen Atkins ... Judith Starkadder
Kate Beckinsale ... Flora Poste
Sheila Burrell Sheila Burrell ... Ada Doom
Stephen Fry ... Mybug
Freddie Jones ... Adam Lambsbreath
Joanna Lumley ... Mrs. Mary Smiling
Ian McKellen ... Amos Starkadder
Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Beetle
Rufus Sewell ... Seth Starkadder
Ivan Kaye ... Reuben Starkadder
Jeremy Peters Jeremy Peters ... Urk
Maria Miles Maria Miles ... Elfine Starkadder
Christopher Bowen ... Charles Fairford
Louise Rea Louise Rea ... Meriam Beetle
Sophie Revell Sophie Revell ... Rennet
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Storyline

In England in the early 1930s, twenty-year-old Flora Poste, recently orphaned, and left with only one hundred pounds a year, goes to stay with distant relatives on Cold Comfort Farm. Everyone on the gloomy farm is completely round the twist, but Flora tries to sort everything out. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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She discovered a new branch of her family tree... the one with all the nuts.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Comfort Farm See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,139,000, 19 July 1996

Gross USA:

$5,596,906, 4 October 1996
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, Mybug claims that a quote spoken by Flora can be attributed to Jane Austen. Kate Beckinsale, who plays Flora, has twice starred as an Austen heroine: as the title character in Emma (1996) and as Lady Susan Vernon in Love & Friendship (2016). See more »

Goofs

The candlestick on breakfast table during the first breakfast scene changes places depending upon the shot. See more »

Quotes

Ada Doom: I saw something nasty in the woodshed!
Earl P. Neck: Sure you did, but did it see you, baby?
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Connections

Version of Cold Comfort Farm (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Tara's Theme
Composed by Max Steiner
Published by MCPS/Bourne Inc.
Performed by The London Festival Orchestra and Chorus
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extremely funny
30 May 2005 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

Absolutely terrific movie is an interesting take on the popular theme of people who come into a mess of unhappiness and create joy. Often these movies rely on a central character who is magical, or has great charm and a love for life, but Flora achieves her ends through pure English practicality, and it is very amusing to see someone approaching misery as a mess to be cleaned up. Flora, excellently portrayed by Beckinsale, is pretentious and rather smug but also well-meaning and likable. In a way she seems to be the personification of British imperialism, although that's probably a bit of a stretch.

Much of the fun of the movie is the ridiculous level of misery and squalor represented by Cold Comfort Farm, which is a parody of the sort of grim worlds one can find from writers like Dickens. Eileen Atkins does a great job, but then they all do. The only real weak point in the movie is Mybug, who seems completely unnecessary. Perhaps he was a significant character who served some purpose in the novel, but here he is just this annoying peripheral character, and had he been cut entirely out of the movie it would have been all the better for it (although I generally like Stephen Fry). In spite of that, an excellent film.


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