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Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999)

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Somerset, 1958. Eva enters adulthood with good humor, keeping house for her absent-minded father, letting her younger sister Janie in on the secrets of growing up, working at a furniture ... See full summary »

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Eric Styles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Graves ... Joseph Lees
Samantha Morton ... Eva
Nicholas Woodeson ... Mr. Dian
Lee Ross ... Harry
Felix Billson Felix Billson ... Robert
Lauren Richardson Lauren Richardson ... Janie
Frank Finlay ... Father
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Italian Doctor
Miriam Margolyes ... Signora Caldoni
Holly Aird ... Maria
Frederick Stuart ... Danny (as Freddie Douglas)
Richie Tongé Richie Tongé ... Nude Model
Harry Selby Harry Selby ... First Boxer
Juan Thomas Juan Thomas ... Referee
Emma Cunniffe ... Red-Haired Girl
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Storyline

Somerset, 1958. Eva enters adulthood with good humor, keeping house for her absent-minded father, letting her younger sister Janie in on the secrets of growing up, working at a furniture factory, and dreaming of Joseph Lees, her second cousin who's off in Africa and Italy as a geologist, but has lost a leg in an accident. She's also considering the advances of a local farmer, Harry Flite, ebullient and head over heels for Eva. She agrees to live with him and seems happy, then at a family wedding, Joseph appears, she asks him to dance, and her fantasy begins to clash with Harry's obsession. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Even with her eyes wide open, she was...

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El sueño de Joseph Lees See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Man

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Box Office

Budget:

£2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,680, 31 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,680, 31 October 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Although set in the English county of Somerset, this was actually made on the Isle of Man. See more »

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Fever
Written by Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport), Eddie Cooley
Performed by Peggy Lee
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poignant and beautiful
4 November 2000 | by gretch-4See all my reviews

i rented dreaming of joseph lees as a fan of rupert graves. i was not disappointed. samantha morton portrays eva as fragile, passionate, and naive, pining after her cousin joseph while living with the local pig farmer harry. harry's dependency and mental illness is disturbing and vaguely unexplainable; however, graves steals the film, sympathetically and realistically playing the mysterious joseph lees, carrying his own burden of a terrible accident in which is lost his leg. the ending is powerful and worth wading through the last half hour of harry's violent, pointless insanity and eva's maddening indecision.


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