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Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)

Bathsheba Everdene, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and is romantically pursued by three very different men.

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (from the novel by), Frederic Raphael (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Christie ... Bathsheba
Terence Stamp ... Sergeant Troy
Peter Finch ... William Boldwood
Alan Bates ... Gabriel Oak
Fiona Walker ... Liddy
Prunella Ransome ... Fanny
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Mrs. Hurst
Paul Dawkins Paul Dawkins ... Henery Fray
Julian Somers Julian Somers ... Jan Coggan
John Barrett ... Joseph Poorgrass
Freddie Jones ... Cainy Ball
Andrew Robertson ... Andrew Randle
Brian Rawlinson Brian Rawlinson ... Matthew Moon
Vincent Harding ... Mark Clark
Victor Stone Victor Stone ... Billy Smallbury
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Storyline

Based on Thomas Hardy's nineteenth century novel, Bathsheba Everdene is a willful, passionate girl who is never satisfied with anything less than a man's complete and helpless adoration, and she captures the lives and loves of three very different men: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer, who is captivated by her beauty and proposes marriage; William Boldwood, a prosperous man in his early forties, and a confirmed bachelor; and Sergeant Frank Troy, a handsome, reckless swordsman given to sudden fits of violence. Written by alfiehitchie

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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lejos del mundanal ruido See more »

Filming Locations:

Abbotsbury, Dorset, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2018, the Friar Waddon House in Weymouth, used for the exteriors of Boldwood's house is a bed and breakfast establishment. Bloxworth House in Dorset, used for Bathsheba's house, was built in 1608, and has remained in private hands ever since. At the time of the movie, it had fallen into a state of disrepair, but has since been restored, and as of 2018, is valued at four million pounds sterling. See more »

Goofs

During the "pie in the face" circus scene, the cream is piled on contemporary 1960s white paper plates with fluted edges. Disposable paper plates were invented in the early 1900s. The movie time frame (which differs slightly from the book) ends around 1868. See more »

Quotes

Gabriel Oak: At home by the fire, whenever I look up, there you will be. And whenever you look up, there I shall be.
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Alternate Versions

For the UK version, a cockfight had to be deleted to comply with that country's laws on animal cruelty on film, as stated in the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Bushes and Briars
Traditional folk song (adapted by Richard Rodney Bennett)
Sung by Julie Christie (dubbed by Isla Cameron)
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2 August 2009 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

In this sprawling adaptation of the Hardy novel, a beautiful woman in 19th century English countryside must select a suitor among three men. It has become fashionable to bash this film but it is quite an impressive production. Although she may not be exactly what Hardy had in mind, Christie is radiant as the heroine. The men pursuing her are well played by Finch as a rich landowner, Stamp as a cad, and especially Bates as a poor sheep farmer. Schlesinger's direction is leisurely and meticulous but he sustains interest despite the nearly three-hour length. The cinematography by Roeg is breathtaking and Bennett's score adds a haunting quality to the film.


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