Richard Attenborough (1993)

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Wednesday 7:30am - 9:45am Sky Cinema Drama & Romance


Our Score
After the sweeping, noble scale of Gandhi and Cry Freedom, Richard Attenborough directed this more intimate drama, set far from the world stage, which remains one of his best pictures to date. Based on William Nicholson's play, it charts the tragic love affair between the author CS Lewis, creator of the Narnia Chronicles, and Joy Gresham, an American poet. Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger give performances that you dream about but rarely see - in a word, perfection. The tone is set by Winger's entrance into Oxford's Randolph Hotel: "Anyone here named Loowis?" she rasps - upsetting the decorum of academe and rattling Hopkins's tea cup - and thereafter, Hopkins's life as an emotionally frigid bachelor is transformed. With its immaculate 1950s setting, the film creates a totally convincing world and Attenborough gets beneath the skin of his characters like never before. You'll be gripped, you'll laugh and, be warned - you'll cry.


Fact-based drama about the later life of novelist CS Lewis, detailing how he fell in love with American poet Joy Gresham, only to see his new-found happiness marred by tragedy and illness. Directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, Edward Hardwicke, John Wood, Michael Denison and Joseph Mazzello.

Cast & Crew

CS `Jack' Lewis Anthony Hopkins
Joy Gresham Debra Winger
Warnie Lewis Edward Hardwicke
Christopher Riley John Wood
Douglas Gresham Joseph Mazzello
Desmond Arding Julian Fellowes
Arnold Dopliss Roddy Maude-Roxby
Harry Harrington Michael Denison
Peter Whistler James Frain
Director Richard Attenborough
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Language: EnglishColourGuidance: May be edited for language. Available on: video and DVD