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  • Actors: Ralph Richardson, Denholm Elliott, Celia Johnson, William Hartnell, Robert Flemyng
  • Directors: George More O'Ferrall
  • Producers: The Holly and the Ivy
  • 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: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LZKKZW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,855 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic post-war drama starring Ralph Richardson as Martin Gregory, a clergyman whose commitment to his religious duties leads him to neglect his family. Things come to a head at the family's Christmas gathering. The film also stars Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton and Denholm Elliott.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Green Knight on 11 Aug. 2010
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Well, I'd never seen this - but I'm delighted to say that the gap has now been filled. For all those who think that the ultimate Christmas films are IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and WHITE CHRISTMAS, take a look at this remarkable and uplifting tale of a country parson, and revel in the sheer quality of the writing, the directing, and the superlative performances from a five-star cast.

The script is faithfully and carefully distilled from a successful stage play of the 1950s - but the adaptation has none of that cardboard quality that is sometimes a pitfall of putting theatre onto the screen.

Celia Johnson, Ralph Richardson, Margaret Leighton, a young Denholm Elliott, and a supporting cast of remarkable talent unfold this bittersweet but ultimately joyous story set in the claustrophobic confines of a country vicarage.

The bells ring for Christmas, the carol singers trill, the goose is basted - and the world is bathed in white and silence. On the surface all is love and goodwill, but relations between the vicar and his grown-up children are stretched to breaking-point. Two sisters and a younger brother are convinced that their father cannot or will not understand their very different needs and wants, and they in turn have made little or no attempt to allow for the sacrifices that have to be made by someone with a calling to the priesthood.

Distressing little domestic incidents occur during the course of an evening - incidents which trigger major changes within the family, bringing out the weaknesses and ultimate strengths of each of the players in turn.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By J. Scott-mandeville VINE VOICE on 21 April 2004
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This quiet, unassuming film features a group of the best British actorsand actresses of the post-Second World War period. Celia Johnson alwaysgives an outstanding performance as Jenny, and her stay-at-home daughterrole with an overbearing minister father (Ralph Richardson) is neat,spare, and as effective as Julianne Moore as Laura Brown in the recent TheHours. Margaret Leighton, a marvellous actress who glows in every role sheplays, is Celia Johnson's sister who has been estranged from the familyfor a few years and reappears at this fraught Christmas, and reveals,after a tense reunion with Jenny the real reason for her absence, whichbrings the sisters together again. Their relationship also symbolises therebuilding of families in the recovery years, after the Second World Warhad changed all their lives and the world was no longer the same. RalphRichardson reflects the pre-war attitudes and the difficulties of comingto terms with the new era, the sisters the tribulations of adapting to newways and coping with the leftovers from the war. The supporting actors,who include British stalwarts such as Denholm Elliott, John Gregson, andRoland Culver, do a great job, but the film belongs to the central 3characters. This film is of the 'woman's film' genre of the 1945-1955period, and Celia Johnson and Margaret Leighton were two of the finestrepresentatives of the British film industry at that time.
The film is sentimental and poignant, and none the worse for that. Theacting prevents the story becoming mawkish, and the country setting, thesimple normality of life when life had been far from normal, is theessence of this film. I would recommend this film to anyone studyingBritish post-war film as this is a quintessential example of its type.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Wobbly Wellies on 23 Jan. 2011
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Captivating, this little 1952 film of a family coming together for Christmas at a country rectory. Secrets come out. A widower father learns that his adult children have always held themselves apart from him in the belief that, as a vicar, he would be incapable of understanding or forgiving their shortcomings. The sterling dialogue and performances draws one in in that unparalleled British way of old; that is, without resorting to mawkishness or sentimentality. The entire cast is tops, including the two aunts and close family friend. And the bygone era fills one with nostalgia for a simpler time lost to us.

The brief opening scenes aside, the story takes place entirely over Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, and I marvelled at how naturally domesticity played out with key dialogue, adding an effective realness to the film. I recently watched 'This Happy Breed', starring a younger Ceila Johnson who plays Jenny here, and it too unfurled in scenes where important dialogue went hand-in-hand with domestic goings-on. Another winner.

'The Holly and the Ivy' now equals my all-time favourite Christmas film, the 1951 'A Christmas Carol' with Alastair Sim. Another vintage classic not to be missed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Grahame on 13 July 2011
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The Holly and the Ivy is a wonderful 1952 drama about an English clergyman whose neglects his own family, in his efforts to tend to his parishioners. Family tensions come to the surface at a Christmas family gathering. It stars the great Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson, and Margaret Leighton. It was adapted from a play by Wynyard Browne.

The film takes place in an idyllic English snowy village that seems far removed from the realities of every day life, however, the agony of disillusion and the breakdown of communication within the family come to the fore over the Christmas period.

This is vintage english cinema with clipped enunciation that seem antiquated today as we are now much more familiar with the kitchen sink realism of British filmmaking.

However, the subject matter within the film like the clergyman (Richardson) slowly accepting his daughter (Leighton) drowning her sorrows with alcohol after personal tragedy were considered to be daring at the time.

So while The Holly and The Ivy now radiates a nostalgic glow, it is actually a record off the dramatic social, economic and cultural change that have occured over the past sixty years. Wonderful.
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