Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

William Wyler (1939)

99min
U Certificate
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Review

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Laurence Olivier's Heathcliff is even more handsome than the Yorkshire moors across which he howls his doomed love for Cathy (Merle Oberon) in this stirring melodrama of seething, brooding and smouldering passion set in England in the 19th century. Produced by Sam Goldwyn, directed by William Wyler, and also starring David Niven, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Flora Robson, this is still the best by some way of the many big-screen versions of Emily Brontë's novel (including Spanish and Egyptian productions). It garnered eight Oscar nominations, including best picture, but only won one, for Gregg Toland's stunning black-and-white cinematography. Had there also been an Oscar for best smouldering, Olivier would have walked it.

Summary

The head of a Yorkshire family takes in a mysterious boy, who is treated cruelly by the rest of the household but develops a close bond with his foster sister. As they both grow up, their relationship grows more intense, with devastating repercussions for all concerned. Period drama based on Emily Bronte's novel, starring Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven and Flora Robson.

Cast & Crew

Cathy Merle Oberon
Heathcliff Laurence Olivier
Edgar Linton David Niven
Ellen Dean Flora Robson
Dr Kenneth Donald Crisp
Isabella Linton Geraldine Fitzgerald
Hindley Earnshaw Hugh Williams
Joseph Leo G Carroll
Lockwood Miles Mander
Earnshaw Cecil Kellaway
Judge Linton Cecil Humphreys
Director William Wyler
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama