The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Agnieszka Holland (1993)

97min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Originally filmed in 1949, Frances Hodgson Burnett's enchanting children's classic is given a new lease of life in this imaginative adaptation by Polish film-maker Agnieszka Holland, making her English-language debut. Always a skilled director of children, she draws a spirited performance out of Kate Maberly as the orphan who sweeps away the cobwebs from Misselthwaite Manor. Scripted by Caroline Thompson - who wrote Edward Scissorhands and directed the 1994 version of Black Beauty - the film retains the gothic atmosphere of the book and looks amazing, thanks to Roger Deakins's scintillating photography. Stealing the show is Maggie Smith as beastly housekeeper Mrs Medlock.

Summary

An orphan is sent to live with her uncle in his forbidding Yorkshire mansion, where she meets her bedridden cousin - a boy she knew nothing about. She also stumbles across a marvellous but neglected garden, and sets about nursing them both back to health, with the help of a lad from a nearby village. Children's drama, based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's book, with Kate Maberly, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott, Maggie Smith and John Lynch.

Cast & Crew

Mary Lennox Kate Maberly
Colin Craven Heydon Prowse
Dickon Andrew Knott
Mrs Medlock Maggie Smith
Martha Laura Crossley
Lord Craven John Lynch
Ben Weatherstaff Walter Sparrow
Mary's mother / Lilas Craven Irène Jacob
Government official Frank Baker (4)
Cook Valerie Hill
Betty Butterworth Andrea Pickering
Will Peter Moreton
John Arthur Spreckley
Major Lennox Colin Bruce
Ayah Parsan Singh
Grandmother at dock Eileen Page
Grandfather at dock David Stoll
Girl at dock Tabatha Allen
Director Agnieszka Holland
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Children's Drama