Wuthering Heights details
|Starring:||Flora Robson, Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Geraldine Fitzgerald, David Niven, Donald Crisp|
|Collections:||American Film Institute's top 100|
|Run time:||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 Jul 2004|
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There is a gap in your life...this movie will fill itBy fintan (3 reviews) from UK , 17 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This is my favourite story. It takes the strongest emotions we have beyond the norm, beyond the grave. I love this particular version as it is so innocent and pure, yet all the time, envy and hate are just around the corner. It's a shame they only managed to include half the book but the strength of the acting from the two central stars more than makes up for it. I struggle to watch the other versions because of this. Merle Oberon is beautiful and has the most expressive eyes I have seen. She swings from the two extremes of her character: the desire to be wild and free with the love of her life to the vanity of wearing silk dresses and need of acceptance into society, in a moment. Laurence Olivier is tall, moody and very sexy and deftly shows how rejection and the need for revenge can take over a person making them blind to the truth.
Watch this film with a duvet, lots of chocolate and a box of tissues. You will be enchanted by it and it will touch your heart forever.
Trivia Time: Merle apparently had the time the movie was set in changed to fit with the dresses she wanted to wear.
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If you're a fan of the novel - avoid the movieBy AshleighandLysander (3 reviews) from Ramsgate , 28 May 2009As a massive Wuthering Heights fan I found the film really disappointing. Other reviews stated that this was a good film to watch if you're studying the novel for A Level - which I am not - but I atleast expected, with that in mind, for the movie to tell the same story the novel did! Not so!
For a start Isabella manages to outlive Heathcliffe, Cathy does not give birth to Catherine, and the character of young Linton (Heathcliffe and Isabellas son) does not exist - thus the who half of Brontes novel concerning Catherine the second, and her marriage to Linton, her cousin, is omitted entirely. I therefore think this would make a pretty aweful A Level guide! There are other flaws with the plot and layout, such as that Ellen is living at Wuthering Heights when Mr. Lockwood gets caught out in the storm, when she should be living at The Grange, this was one of many niggly faults that Wuthering Heights fans will pick up on.
Gothic Tearjerker!By gothprincess (1 review) from Sheffield , 28 Apr 2009An awesome adaptation of the novel, set in amazingly beautiful settings. The black and white heightens it's sense of the gothic. One of the best films I have seen in a while, and probably an acquired taste too...
The Best VersionBy a customer from East Grinstead , 19 Apr 2009Such a beautiful film. Such a beautiful story. One can never beat reading the book, but apart from that this version beats the socks off all later film versions to date. A Classic.
Fantastic!By a customer from Cambridge , 03 Apr 2009Olivier at his best. Wonderful story brought to life in a well-made and well-acted adaptation.
Best version aroundBy a customer from Colwyn Bay , 01 Mar 2009Excellent performances, great black & white photography and excellent direction, what's not to like?