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Wuthering Heights 

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | TV Mini-Series (2009)
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Foundling Heathcliff is raised by the wealthy Earnshaws in Yorkshire but in later life launches a vendetta against the family.
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Complete series cast summary:
Tom Hardy ...  Heathcliff 2 episodes, 2009
Charlotte Riley ...  Cathy 2 episodes, 2009
Andrew Lincoln ...  Edgar 2 episodes, 2009
Sarah Lancashire ...  Nelly 2 episodes, 2009
Burn Gorman ...  Hindley 2 episodes, 2009
Rosalind Halstead ...  Isabella 2 episodes, 2009
Rebecca Night ...  Catherine 2 episodes, 2009
Tom Payne ...  Linton 2 episodes, 2009
Andrew Hawley ...  Hareton 2 episodes, 2009
Kevin McNally ...  Mr. Earnshaw 2 episodes, 2009
Des McAleer Des McAleer ...  Joseph 2 episodes, 2009
Shaughan Seymour Shaughan Seymour ...  Doctor Kenneth 2 episodes, 2009
Sia Berkeley ...  Frances 2 episodes, 2009
James Harper James Harper ...  Vicar 2 episodes, 2009
Barnaby Kay ...  Saul 2 episodes, 2009
Jack O'Connell ...  Shepherd Lad 2 episodes, 2009
Simon Kassianides ...  Gypsy Horse Trader 2 episodes, 2009
John Hollingworth ...  Robert 2 episodes, 2009
Declan Wheeldon Declan Wheeldon ...  Young Heathcliff 2 episodes, 2009
Alexandra Pearson Alexandra Pearson ...  Young Cathy 2 episodes, 2009
Joseph Taylor Joseph Taylor ...  Young Hindley 2 episodes, 2009
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[PART I] Braving her father Edgar Linton's warning not to cross the estate border, young Catherine discovers her charming, but sickly cousin and the manly Hareton are the heartlessly scorned and abused sons of wealthy Heatcliff on the Earnshaw estate. This launches a flashback how Heathcliff was raised as Cathy's best friend by her kind father, Mr. Earnshaw. After his death, the son and heir returns from boarding school, married, and reduces Heathcliff to the rank of stable boy, enduring constant abuse in order to remain with Cathy. After an accidental meeting with elegant gentleman Edgar Linton, she falls in love. To Hindley's delight, this drives Heathcliff away. [PART II] Three years later, Heathcliff returns wealthy enough to buy the estate, a day after Cathy married Edgar. He takes revenge, which instead of satisfaction brings misery to all. After Cathy and later Edgar's death, his scorn includes the next generation, which nevertheless finds each-other striving for nobler values. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Romance

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ITV [UK] | PBS [United States]

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UK

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English

Release Date:

18 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Wuthering Heights See more »

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Mammoth Screen See more »
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(2 episodes)

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Color
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Two actors in this film later play in TV series "The Walking Dead ". Andrew Lincoln plays Rick Grimes and Tom Payne plays Jesus. See more »

Goofs

The drive leading to the Manor has grass in the middle, a modern phenomena. In the 1840's the drive would be churned up and bare as a result of horses pulling wagons. Also numerous modern tracks visible. See more »

Quotes

Heathcliff: We will wander these moors for all eternity.
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Version of Wuthering Heights (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonies and Fanfares for the King's Supper: Rondeau
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Written by Jean-Joseph Mouret
Performed by Collegium Musicum de Paris
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Muddled melodrama
26 January 2009 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

For me, the most compelling bit of film in this version of WUTHERING HEIGHTS was the opening credit sequence, which uses lots of steadicam shots to propel us into the first scene.

After that, things become more muddled. The script bounces us back and forth between the various generations of the story, tossing in characters willy-nilly but not providing us with a scorecard to keep track of who's who. Most of the main characters are so close in age that it's hard to remember who's supposed to be younger or older than the next person.

I've never understood the attraction of the Heathcliff character to generations of romance- starved women. He's nasty, vindictive, abusive, and obsessive. Is that the kind of guy you ladies really want? Cathy is just as reprehensible for marrying a decent man and making his life miserable (like the Holly Hunter character in THE PIANO).

Burn Gorman, who has played quite a variety of characters in series ranging from BLEAK HOUSE to TORCHWOOD, gives us a well-rounded character whose decline is palpable. Tom Hardy's mystique is lost on me, with his lips like slabs of raw meat; his abilities aren't up to the demands of a role that calls for the character to age a generation in 2.5 hours.

Some of the minor characters also do a fine job with the material. But the production, with its gorgeous scenery and fine building locations, is burdened by a weak script and not helped by yet another drum-heavy, Lord-of-the-Dance-inspired score.


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