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The Mill on the Floss (Repackaged) [DVD] [1997]

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  • Actors: Emily Watson, Cheryl Campbell, James Frain, Bernard Hill, Joanna David
  • Directors: Graham Theakston
  • Writers: Hugh Stoddart
  • Producers: Brian Eastman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006NZ64Y2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,198 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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“Anger and Jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love...” George Eliot

Driven by passion, intelligence and imagination, Maggie Tulliver is a rare free spirit in the convention-bound world of Victorian rural society.

Despite the fierce love between her and her stolid brother Tom, Maggie turns to others for the companionship she craves. Denied the friendship of Philip Wakem, the son of her father’s implacable enemy, she is drawn irresistibly to the handsome Stephen Guest. Torn between love and devotion to her family, she is rejected by Tom and only an act of supreme courage can effect a final but tragic reconciliation.

Drama, romance and tragedy in a story one woman’s struggle for freedom and love.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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307 of 315 people found the following review helpful By Simon Kroussier on 7 May 2006
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I'll be honest - in my opinion, this TV film by the BBC is worth around 4 or 4 1/2 stars. However, the inexplicably negative single review already on amazon.co.uk for this title has prompted me to even things out a little.

I have read George Eliot's novel, and subsequently found the film highly faithful to the spirit of the original text. If this fidelity means that the adaptation is measured and thoughtful rather than action-packed and mindless, then so be it. The performances of the cast are uniformly moving and absorbing, particularly Emily Watson in the title role of the heroine. Her portrayal is subtle, nuanced and deeply felt, pre-dating her breakthrough performance in Breaking the waves.

Well worthwhile!!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Jane Shehata on 24 Oct. 2009
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A thoroughly entertaining classic, George Eliot depicts Victorian rural society and how much women still had to struggle to attain freedom and sometimes basic human rights an excellent story of love passion and adversity a fine mixture of romance drama and tradgedy in this mix which makes a compelling medley effective melting pot! Not to be missed!

Jane Shehata
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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Simon M on 11 Aug. 2007
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I saw this when it was first shown on the BBC 10 years ago, and although I am not usually attracted by 'period pieces' this one had me hooked. The story has haunted me ever since and I have been waiting for years to see this again. Then just a few months ago (Spring 2007) it was shown again on the BBC, but I missed the first half of it. Am I glad to see it is now available on DVD.

And as for our friend from France who was disappointed by the ending - you have obviously never known true love...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By IP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2014
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I found The Mill On the Floss to be delightful--a story of the traditional conflict between mill owners and farmers with a "Romeo/Juliet" overlay. The scene of the flood waters presents one of the basic hazards faced by mill owners. As someone interested in old mills, the inclusion of photographs both inside and outside the mill provided a real treat. The story line contained enough action and romance to keep my attention focused. Although others may find this type of entertainment "mush", I find it refreshing. Imagine, a movie without profanity and graphic sex. What a concept! I have not read the book, but after viewing the movie, I certainly will.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Nov. 2001
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I read this book as a rebellious 15 year old and fully identified with Maggie Tulliver's character. What a superb actress the lead is- playing that "damned if you don't, dammed if you do" existence that a woman with courage and character had to live out in those days. Not a bodice ripper, but a touching, realistic, and truly thoughtful example of the very best that the BBC can produce. Quite Stunning in its beauty and simplicity. Unforgettable.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 2001
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Despite the sad theme of this movie, so typical of George Eliot stories, the producers and actors must be congratulated upon an excellent effort. Maggie Tulliver is portrayed in a wonderfully sensitive manner and the audience immediately falls into sympathy with her plight. Her brother Tom, so devotedly loved by his sister, seems to take her affection for granted and does not fail to irritate the viewer as he fails to understand Maggie's childhood friendship with the hunchback son of their father's arch-enemy. Neither does Tom relent as he and Maggie reach adulthood and he discovers that the friendship has continued. Tom sees the mild and gentle Philip as a threat and becomes angry and resentful towards Maggie. He carries on the sworn hatred held by his father towards the Wakens and attempts to force Maggie to hate them as well. When she refuses, he forbids her to continue her friendship with Philip. This leaves a great void in the lonely Maggie's life. The plot thickens when Mr Tullivar dies and the Tullivars are evicted from their home at the Mill. Maggie goes on to meet Stephen Guest and falls deeply in love with him... This is a tragic story, so for those who do not like tear-jerkers, it's best avoided. On the other hand, the casting is superb (Maggie and Philip couldn't be better) and the period costuming excellent. The English countryside is something for non-British viewers to relish and provides the perfect backdrop for this haunting tale about human relationships. Likewise, the musical score is wistful and particularly beautiful. My only criticism is that the ending was so unexpected. The audience is left slightly stunned. I know I came away very thoughtful.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MPT on 25 Sept. 2014
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Great period BBC TV Drama. We are from Nuneaton and it good to see our local author in a TV version. Excellent acting. As with many period dramas needs to be taken on its own merits and at the slower pace it uses when compared to modern TV series.
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By C. Ashworth on 9 April 2013
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Emily Watson Is always worth watching I feel, and she doesn't disappoint in the Mill on the Floss. I'd forgotten the story so it wasn't predictable. The tale of a woman fighting with her own nature & desire is age old, but Ms Watson's passionate , yet sensitive portrayal makes the film realistic & engaging. The often ridiculous posturing of some of the male characters doesn't quite ring true, but this is an old story & can't be judged with modern sensibilities to the fore.The apparently nihilistic & unexpected ending (to the uninitiated) makes a refreshing change from the bland, chocolate box conclusions of latter day adaptations.
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