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5.0 out of 5 stars Oranges on DVD
When the Television adaptation of Jeanette Winterson’s classic ‘Oranges are Not the Only Fruit’ first hit the BBC in 1990 it was considered revolutionary to portray a lesbian love affair on the terrestrial screen. This is only one aspect of an amazing semi-autobiographical tale.
Jess is adopted into a Pentecostal family in the north of England and...
Published on 19 April 2003 by Grace Francis
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3.0 out of 5 stars Film review
No problem with speed of delivery and the item was as expected. Story was set in the 60's and was rather long drawn out and boring. I would say the film was not as good as the book. However it was very typical of life in the 60's in Lancashire which was interesting to a point and well acted.
Published on 17 April 2012 by Mrs. Angela Coleman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story,
I bought this dvd to replace the video cassette I once had. It is a masterpiece and a piece of social history as well as a brilliant story!
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the film.,
I've seen the film before and loved it, I've therefore ordered it as a Christmas present, it arrived promptly in the post.
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and funny,
I just saw "Oranges are not the only fruit" for the first time - even though it was first screened almost 25 years ago - and I found it both heartbreaking and funny. I was particularly taken by the acting of the small Jess - Emily Aston. How captivating she is!
Charlotte Coleman is absolutely gorgeous but it's awfully sad to discover that she died due to illness.
Geraldine McEwan's presence throughout the film is fiercely dominant. She is magnificent.
Shame on me but I have only just discovered the writer of the screenplay - and author of the book - Jeanette Winterson. I watched the Special Feature and was electrified by the interview. Consequently, today I ordered her book "Why be happy when you could be normal" so I am grateful to Amazon UK for the introduction.
5.0 out of 5 stars :),
really enjoyable onylu just discovered jeanette winterson so decided to start of with the tv adapation it was definately worth the money! must read the book to tv series now!
5.0 out of 5 stars Oranges,
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Great series with such suburb acting from a suburb caste .Its tt's so
terrible that Charlotte Coleman died so young.
4.0 out of 5 stars British TV drama at it's best,
Slice of 'real' life semi-biopic, well scripted, acted, directed. Earthy wit, anguish, forbidden desires, higher consciousness and redemption, a modern day coming of age fairytale. Recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good adaptation,
This DVD was as described, Although a little dated, the drama was presented well and still watchable and engaging. Also had addtional clips including an interview with the author (a little dated but fascinating to see how attitudes have changed).
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good,
It had been recommended - it got a little repetitive in parts - but excellent acting and portrayal of the story .
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant,
Great story & makes a great film. The acting is just brilliant especially from Geraldine Mc Ewan who plays a religious nutter, totally over protective of her adopted daughter. As expected the daughter has her own ideas for her own life and the drama which follows is both comic and moving. The setting is so evocative of it's time in the sixties growing up in a Northern town where the drabness of the everyday is set against the wonderful imagination of a little girl her reads her way to a more fulfilling life. Absolutely fantastic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime,
A film that is not only well written, but a good commentary on the stark homophobia of the past. That love trumps predudice and sexual sterotype
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