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Clarissa [VHS]

Sean Bean , Lynsey Baxter , Robert Bierman    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Bean, Lynsey Baxter, Hermione Norris, Frances Viner, Cathryn Harrison
  • Directors: Robert Bierman
  • Producers: Kevin Loader, Michael Wearing
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Odyssey
  • VHS Release Date: 26 May 2003
  • Run Time: 194 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008YNI5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,939 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A BBC drama based on Samuel Richardson's novel. Clarissa Harlowe (Saskia Wickham) is a young, beautiful and virginal heiress whose virtue is well-known. However, the handsome but ruthless Lovelace (Sean Bean) has picked her as his prey and sets out to seduce her (thereby destroying her). But he has not counted on Clarissa's strength of character and also his own weakness; he very soon finds himself falling in love with her which drives him into ever higher forms of decadence and ultimately his own destruction.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling Bean 12 Jun 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The authenticity of this series was stunning; the care and attention not only to sets and costume but also mannerisms and language. But most of all anyone who saw the series on TVremembers Sean Bean. He positively sets the TV set on fire as the ultimate cad, Lovelace. A great girls' night in special.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarissa 24 May 2003
I saw this fine picture when it was released on the BBC in 1991 and have just recently purchased the DVD. I had forgotten how fine the acting was by Sean Bean and Sacha Wickman, the two main characters of Clarissa and Richard Lovelace. In fact the whole production and cast were excellent and should be shown again on television just to emphasise the quality of actors and actress we have in Britain.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performance 15 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Ten years after the first viewing of Clarissa on TV I finally managed to buy this DVD and it still fascinates me. The scenery is magical, the performance of Saskia Wickham and Sean Bean beyond reproach. The whole cast is magnificent. This is a must see for every lover of costume productions. Clarissa's struggle to remain pure and to convert adulterous Lovelace is all inspiring, Lovelace's fight to subdue her on one hand and to stay (unsucessfully) unaffected by his growing feelings for her on the other makes your knees week. Absolutely delicious work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Mr. Lovelace! 19 Sep 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Superb work produced by the BBC. It gives us a hint of how women were treated in those times. But I want to speak mainly of the film, or series, itself. Fine music, clothing, actresses and actors. And Sean Bean is amazing, as usual, and utterly beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star performances all round! 19 Nov 2010
well, I have been trying for years to get hold of this DVD. I wasn't disappointed! I had already seen the drama twice on television in the 90's and loved it soooo much! Watching it again after all these years it has definately withstood the test of time and could have easily been made recently! The story line is fantastic, with this drama being the making of Sean Bean. He is wonderful as the villain of the story and was perfectly cast. For me ALL the cast are fabulous in their roles. A must see for any period drama fanatic and a must see for all Sean Bean fans. Highly recommended viewing!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this each time it was shown on the BBC and have been trying to buy it for years! As a massive Sean Bean fan it has an obvious attraction for me, but even without that it is a story that will have you totally absorbed from beginning to end. The cast is a good one and the characters they depict will make you loathe, love, despise and admire as the story takes you through Clarissa's involvement with the dastardly Lovelace. If you like stories that do not always end how they should then this is a film for you to see. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic drama at its best 14 April 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I watched this series when it first aired on the BBC many years ago. I was hooked then by the mesmerising performances and the strength of the script. I was delighted that, on purchasing this DVD, that none of the programmes charm had diminished. This is a tale of passion, love, betrayal and sacrifice. A must for any fan of quality costume drama.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all you Bean fans 8 Feb 2008
I'm A big Sean Bean Fan, Clarissa is a must for all of you Sean Bean fan's.He is so sexy and dashing he can give Mr Darcy a run for his money. I personally wouldn't have lasted very long in his company. Well acted and not one of Sean Bean's well known parts it is super and well worth a watch.
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One of the very few occasions when I cannot fault a production. Career best performances from Sean Bean (Sharpe, Lord of the rings) as the dissolute rake Robert Lovelace and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marianne Cupit
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
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Published 10 months ago by Angie Robertson
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing after reading the original novels
I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with this after reading the original 9 novels, I suppose you can't expect 9 novels of approx million words to fit into 200 mins without... Read more
Published on 25 April 2012 by scamp
5.0 out of 5 stars the kiss
The usual plaudits apply to this interpretation.
What is especially moving/significant/moving is the kiss. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2004 by ;-Descartes
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
A truely magnificent drama and superb acting. Having said that I was somewhat confused as to the consant letter writing between each character when the series was first shown on... Read more
Published on 11 July 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars viewer from barrowford, uk
Whoa!!! Sean Bean tries hard to seduce virginal Saskia Wickham!!! much heavy breathing, lots of straining bosoms and some rather nice pearl earrings. Read more
Published on 22 April 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Saskia Wickham
In the age of Satalite Tv it is very hard to find anything thats worth seeing more than once.
CLARISSA is the exception. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2004 by Tyrone Quin
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