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Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)

Rating:PG
Genre:Drama
Release Date:October 18, 1967
Running time:168 minutes
Cast:Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch, Alan Bates, Fiona Walker
Director:John Schlesinger
Writer:Thomas Hardy, Frederic Raphael

Description: This 1967 version of Thomas Hardy's novel should have done better at the box office than it did, given the star power of Julie Christie and the visual and aural fidelity to its source material. Julie Christie plays Bathsheba Everdene, a country heiress who is loved by three different men: Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates. Convinced that she is the intellectual superior of all three, Bathesheba loses many early opportunities for lasting happiness. Finally shedding herself of her haughty attitude, Bathsheba unconditionally accepts the love of Bates. The euphoric exuberance of Nicolas Roeg's photography is matched by the direction of John Schlesinger and the screenplay by Frederick Raphael. Only the nittiest of nitpickers would complain that some of the medium shots don't match the closeups (watch Terence Stamp's clown makeup in one scene).~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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