Secret Garden 1993

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Bringing the Francis Hodgson Burnett classic to the big screen; Mary Lennox is the young orphan sent to stay with her uncle in a forbidding mansion. She not only discovers an invalid cousin she never knew she had but also a secret garden in need of repair.

Starring:
Maggie Smith, Kate Maberly
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

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Secret Garden

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Children & Family
Director Agnieszka Holland
Starring Maggie Smith, Kate Maberly
Supporting actors John Lynch, Andrew Knott, Laura Crossley, Heydon Prowse
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Taran Wanderer on 3 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
I had never seen any versions of 'The Secret Garden,' nor had I read the original book by Frances H. Burnett, but it did appeal to me, that's why when I ran into it at my local video store, I couldn't help myself from buying it, I payed $4.99 for it and I quickly realized what a bargain that was. This movie was worth every penny, absolutely gorgeous.

This is one of those films, aimed mainly at children, that the whole family can enjoy, both the young and old. The story centers around Mary Lennox, recently orphaned, sent to live with her uncle at an old manor, surrounded by a gloomy and foggy moor. At first, Mary doesn't seem to enjoy it, not because she misses her neglectful parents, but because she is lonely and longs for someone to play with. At the manor, she must live with the mean Mrs. Medlock, whom she dislikes, however, Mary soon makes friends with Martha, her younger brother Dickon and a young ill boy named Colin, who is Mary's cousin. Mary discovers many secrets, as why Colin is always kept in a lonely bed and why her uncle is so down and depressed, but the biggest secret she finds is the entrance to an old garden, which she and her new friend Dickon help bring to life.

This movie, as I have already stated, is beautifully filmed, with lots of beautiful landscapes and settings and the most breathtaking melodies ever, many following the tone of the closing song "Winter Light." The actors portray their characters wonderfully. The film doesn't particularly have much humor, most of the comic relief here is given by Martha, in a way she is a funny character, this is a good thing for the film not to have much humor, it adds to it's 'gloomy' beauty.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 May 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I enjoyed this adaptation very much. The book has been a favourite of mine ever since discovering it quite by accident at the age of ten, and the thing I liked best about this adaptation is that it does not jar with my memories of the book at all. The feeling of enjoyment and pleasure was almost the same. Those changes which are made are minimal, and the casting excellent. I would recommend this film to anyone who has ever loved the book.
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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Frangie 2127 on 26 Jun 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this for the kids (6 and 3 years old). It's one of those well known stories which has been superbly brought to life on DVD. I bought this DVD(along with a few others), because these titles are such a refreshing change to the Disney Classics and modern animated (although superb) Shreks of this current era. Somehow there is still no substitute for real children actors in real life settings when the performances are directed and produced as well as this. The kids watch at least one of these productions every week (I bought The Little Princess and Black Beauty at the same time). I recomend that you purchase these type of DVD for what they are - Greatly acted childrens stories from a seemingly never to come back age of innocence - brilliance at an affordable price.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Dec 2000
Format: DVD
Well I've seen most of them and I have to say that this is a wonderful remake of a simple but stunning story, I've owned this on video and now own it on DVD.
The film is set in the grounds of a beautiful and somewhat creepy large old house. When orphan Mary arrives at the house she discovers her cousin Colin through a secret passage in her room. And from there the adventure begins.
This is a must and a great family video...10 out of 10
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 29 Jun 2005
Format: DVD
"The Secret Garden" is a well-known and well adapted children's story taken from the original novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. In this version the well loved story gets the big screen treatment as it is splendidly tailored and produced into an excellent and very enjoyable film for the whole family.
There are two things that I think makes this film stand out. One is the wonderful performances of the child actors in it. None of them are the cute as button starlets we normally have presented to us, which normally sicken as much as entertain. But these are genuinely nice kids, which you can easily relate to, and therefore we're all the more hooked into their experiences and hang on their words and actions. The four young actors who stand out for special mention are Kate Maberly as Mary Lennox, the poor little rich orphan girl sent to live with her uncle, Heydon Prowse as the sickly Colin Craven, Mary's secret cousin, Laura Crossley as the kindly maid Martha who befriends Mary, and my personal favourite Andrew Knott as Dickon, Martha's brother and friend to all the animals.
The other reason is the simply superb performance by Maggie Smith. Always guaranteed to put in a good turn, she is simply miles above the other adult actors and really does give the film that extra little sparkle that really makes it stand out.
All in all, this is a fantastic piece of traditional children's storytelling, but what makes this really special, is the story for children will appeal to all ages, and in this time of crash, bang, wallop action, it's really great to get some decent "watch as a family" film treats.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar 2000
Format: VHS Tape
In this adaptation of the classic children's book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, an orphan is sent to live with relatives on a large but dull and gloomy estate.
Left mostly to her own devises, she befriends the sickly son of the family and the rather wild brother of one of the servants and sets about restoring a neglected secret garden to its former beauty.
This uplifting story is well told and acted and will appeal to a broad family audience.
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