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The Sleeping Dictionary [DVD]

Jessica Alba , Brenda Blethyn , Guy Jenkin    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jessica Alba, Brenda Blethyn, Hugh Dancy, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Ling Lee Ian
  • Directors: Guy Jenkin
  • Writers: Guy Jenkin
  • Producers: Chandran Rutnam, Charles Wang, Denise O'Donoghue, Frank Hildebrand, Jimmy Mulville
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PAAI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,548 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A beautiful tribeswoman (Jessica Alba) becomes both concubine and language tutor to a young English colonial (Hugh Dancy), and in the heat of the jungle their passion grows into a forbidden love affair. But the lovers are forced to separate after they are threatened for defying duty and tradition. When the young man returns a year later with his new bride, the heat of passion reignites and intensifies as secrets surface that are as deep and dark as the jungles that those who keep them inhabit.

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a film to watch over and over and over again 23 Oct 2013
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watching it, i was surprised just how quickly it got under my skin.
Jessica and Hugh play their parts perfectly and so, so naturally.
A truly beautiful happening that re-affirms one's faith in the sheer
niceness of true love. One only wishes that some of it would rub
off .....on one's own life for example ,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and romance 15 Mar 2013
By BerniH
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Who should tell us how to behave and what is right? Old English colloquial standards set the scene here of adultery and deceit but through it all comes true love and romance of a forbidden young couple. If you like romance then you will like this film.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great! 4 Jun 2004
By A Customer
This movie is set in Sarawak in the 30's, and being from around this area, i can see how close to the truth it is! Although Alba is of a hispanic mix, she plays the character of an Iban girl very well, including the accent! Dancy is also..*ahem* yummy and really knows how to play the naive Englishman! I recomend this movie to all who enjoy love stories like this. Definately a ladies movie!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Enjoyable Film 6 Jun 2013
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This well-acted and interesting film is of a recently-graduated young man from England who takes up a position of authority in the British colony of Sarawak in 1936.

He is told by the Governor that, in order for him to learn the local language, he should live with a hand-picked young local lady. This is a normal practice and before long, he has fallen in love with this beautiful young woman and his love is returned.

Everyone who sees the film will like it. It is different to the "normal" film that one sees. Take a look!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story 24 Feb 2013
Watched the movie the 1st. Time, since it is banned in malaysia, even when the movie was made there. Its a nice story and scenery
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb story 19 Feb 2013
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Great Story line filmed in a beautiful jungle landscape. Very recommendable for anyone who enjoys Drama and romance at the same time.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sleeping Dictionary review 25 Feb 2004
By A Customer
This is a beautiful film. Full of passion. I just had to keep watching it over and over again. Music is great too - very provokative. Well worth watching. Not many features on the dvd though, but the film definately makes up for it!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected excellence 28 July 2009
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Although I already had a high opinion of Jessica Alba (on the basis of Dark Angel), this film made me revise it upwards quite a bit. It shows that she can do something quite different, in an excellent manner. From the moment she appeared, she held my attention in a firm grip. The other actors are well cast and do a good job. The only negative thing is a minor hole in the plot line: the final action of the commissioner's wife is out of character, a complete act of madness. I think that this could have been solved in another, more consistent way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars quality is fantastic
when I first watched the movie on a downloaded copy. I was young and thought I was watching Jessica's tits..... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mohammed87
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
An incredible film, beautiful scenery, an engrossing story, well written and very well acted. A film that one will watch over and over.
Published 24 months ago by pig99
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sleep Dictionary
Fantastic film could watch it over and over again! Forget Tarzan this is more riveting a story well narrated!If you love Tarzan films then this is definately for you!
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by Mrs. Jane Shehata
5.0 out of 5 stars trailer
i saw a preview of this movie on you tube and as i like romantic dramas such as the blue lagoon and the pirate movie i thought id purchase this next tuesday when i get my ESA lol i... Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by louise-marie
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent with super delivery
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Published on 4 Mar 2010 by Mr. Juma A. M. Ka'abi
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Probably diverting for Jessica Alba fans - she wears tribal outfits and whatnot. But otherwise, do not bother. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2010 by shpadoinkle
4.0 out of 5 stars Ethnic is beautiful provided we appreciate it with love
The English will go on harping on their colonial past for quite many decades still. That past is for them a source of guilt and they cannot erase it or even alleviate it enough to... Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2006 by Jacques COULARDEAU
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