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Staying On [DVD]


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  • Actors: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard
  • Directors: Silvio Narizzano
  • Producers: Irene Shubik
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC3RS4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,865 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This television adaptation of Paul Scott's sequel to 'The Jewel in the Crown' reunites Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson for the first time since their pairing in the classic 'Brief Encounter'. Colonel Tusker (Howard) and his wife Lucy (Johnson) decide to stay on in India after it is granted its independence. Their retirement in the small hill station town of Pankot proves to be an uncertain one, however, as many of their friends have now returned to England, and the Colonel's health is beginning to fail.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Henry Turner on 2 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
A number of the reviewers here appear to have missed the point - or, at least, based their negative reviews upon preconceptions of what they wanted 'Staying On' to be. Written after the Raj Quartet, the novel is not a sequel, and indeed, tonally has a very different feel. The TV film was, however, made and broadcast before 'The Jewel in the Crown', as a kind of dry-run, testing the waters for what was going to be one of the UK's most ambitious TV series. As an adaptation, the film is remarkably faithful in both tone and plot. Yes, I would have preferred it if the performances of a couple of the Indian actors had been turned down a notch, however the tonal shifts between the different worlds works very well. But the heart of the book and film lies in the relationship between the Smalleys - Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Rarely have I seen a portrait of love (refracted through pain and bitterness developed over decades) portrayed as well. It has made me cry both times that I have watched it. And for anyone who knows and loves 'Brief Encounter' the pathos of seeing that film's leads reunited 35 years on - and imagining how their relationship might have developed - the pathos is almost unbearable. Shot on location in Shimla, the film of course looks great. The image quality is not what you'd expect of a feature film, however, as like much of TV of the time, it was shot on 16mm film.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ian R. Hamilton on 16 April 2005
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The essence of the traumas surrounding the expatriate exodus from newly-independent Far Eastern countries in the late '40s and '50s is vividly captured in this absolute gem, all filmed in the beautiful high country of India. The casting and performances of Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson - indeed of the entire cast - are on a level rarely encountered. "Staying On" is a timeless jewel in every respect.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By penrhynian on 25 Jun 2011
Format: DVD
I had read 'Staying On' by Paul Scott, which was the last book he wrote before he died. Paul Scott twice won the Booker Prize and is best known for 'The Raj Quartets.'
The film explores the problems of an elderly couple 'staying on' after the days of the Raj, when English customs are taken over by elite Indians.
The film is wonderful, poignant and the scenery is stunning. The storyline touched my heart.
The choice of 'Brief Encounter's' Celia Johnston and Trevor Howard as Tusker were inspired.
I know I will watch this film again and even though a film can never express the internal monologue in a book it is still one of the best and closest adaptions of a story I have seen. The fact that it was 'made for television' illustrates how mediocre current programmes are by comparison.
Please do watch it, I really appreciate it and I am sure others will too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MichaelS on 26 April 2012
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It's a great shame that so many reviewers did not find this a production for them. Perhaps it's a matter of taste. Perhaps some expected a production closer to the magnificance of Jewel in the Crown. For us it was excellent and something to keep and watch probably several times again over the years. It's very sad, but not morbid, and the performance throughout of Celia Johnson in particular is something that stays with us long after seeing it. It's not five star in every respect - occasionally, reflecting its age, the production slips from film mode into stage mode, and of course 16mm film is adequate rather than brilliant. But such flaws detract very little indeed from a deep and moving story, excellently told.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mufuliraman on 22 Jan 2013
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A sad story and a happy story all wrapped into one. The detail is true and the filming sublime for one who has spent time in India. Oh, and the acting is superb.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael L. Webb on 14 Jan 2012
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I had seen this years ago on television. Although now it does seem old the story is good, setting superb and to see Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson acting together again after so many years was great. The story is about a couple who stayed on in India after the departure of the Raj. She would have liked to return to India but stayed on because it was what her husband wanted. It's slow but has lots of charm.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chu-chay on 16 Mar 2014
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Rating chosen as I totally enjoyed the DVD and could relate to the lives lead by the couple having known English men and women
who chose to remain in India after Independence.
I would highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Campo on 2 May 2014
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It was a film of its time. We enjoyed watching it, it but in a way it was a sad reflection on the choices that expatriate English couples had to make after India became independent. Those staying on were in for a shock, but many did not have much choice.
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