Much has been made of Nigel Hawthorne's disappointment at being passed over for the role of C.S. Lewis in favour of Anthony Hopkins, having already played it on the stage. However, the actor who has a real right to feel disgruntled is Joss Ackland, who turns in a superb performance in this little film, with strong support from Claire Bloom. Everything about this film is excellent. It was made by the BBC for its "Everyman" strand (a series which tends to discuss religion rather than dramatise its dilemmas) in 1986, and proved so popular that the play was then transferred to the stage, and thence to the big screen. If you can get hold of a copy, then I advise you to seize the chance to enjoy the original (and best) rendition of this story.