This emotionally moving romantic drama was adapted by William Nicholson from his own acclaimed play, based upon the real-life romance (during the 1950s) between the writer CS Lewis and a divorced American poet named Joy Gresham. Best known for writing The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
, Lewis (Anthony Hopkins) is living comfortably as a respected Oxford don, his academic lifestyle a kind of shell protecting him from the emotional risk of love. Joy Gresham (Debra Winger) arrives at Oxford as an avid admirer of Lewis' writing, and the safety of his collegiate routine is quickly disrupted when Lewis realises he's fallen deeply and unexpectedly in love. Their courtship is uniquely engaging; he is shy and uncertain, she is outspoken and bold. But when Joy is diagnosed with cancer, Lewis' Christian faith is put to the test--he cannot fathom why their happiness together would be so drastically challenged. Together, they find a way to accept and honour the time they have shared together, and under the sensitive direction of Richard Attenborough, Shadowlands
arrives at a conclusion that is both heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Hopkins and Winger are equally superb in this absorbing story of personal and spiritual transformation--a story previously filmed for television in 1985, with Joss Ackland and Claire Bloom. --Jeff Shannon
Richard Attenborough directs this adaptation of William Nichoson's play based on the true story of the love affair between C.S. Lewis and American Joy Gresham. Oxford don and acclaimed novelist (The Narnia Chronicles) C.S. Lewis (Anthony Hopkins) lives a quiet and reflective existence with his brother in a remote cottage outside the university town. However, his life is turned upside down when he strikes up a friendship with free-spirited American Joy (Debra Winger). The couple begin to fall in love, and they are drawn even closer after Joy is diagnosed with bone cancer.