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The Glass Virgin [DVD]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2012
I saw this when it was first released years ago and 'fell in love' with Brendan Coyle. What a believable actor! He is superb, as are all the characters, notably Nigel Havers. I have watched it several times and always see something new that I missed the times before. Living in South Africa, we get fed a lot of American junk on our television which is why I ALWAYS appreciate excellent British drama. The Brits sure know how to make period dramas! I LOVE the fact that British-made films use wonderful character actors. Just loved this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 December 2014
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All of Catherine Cooksons historical romances are riveting, but probably my favorite is The Glass Virgin, starring Emily Mortimer as the adult Annabella LaGrange, a young socialite who realizes that she is the product of her fathers mistress. Devastated, she runs away with Manuel Mendoza (Brendan Coyle) an employee of the family who was giving her riding lessons. As they search the English countryside looking for work, they experience poverty, prejudice and harsh treatment, but they rely on each other and together they begin to enjoy a little success. As time passes, Manuel falls in love with Annabella, but she is slower to understand such feelings. When she does, will he still be there for her? This is beautifully filmed.....the locations, manor houses, costumes, misty rain and the lovely green of the countryside which is England. It is a sweet love story, highly recommended.
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on 16 May 2014
I’ve read a few of Catherine Cookson’s historical novels, and usually found them a bit too full of gritty reality, sometimes with rather depressing endings. So I wasn’t too sure what to expect of this film – and, on the whole, was pleasantly surprised.

Annabella, a ten-year-old child of luxurious circumstances, doesn’t understand that her beloved father is a promiscuous, violent spendthrift. The first part of the film shows her background, and uncovers a few family secrets. Her naive innocence gets some of the servants into trouble.

Then the plot leaps forward seven years, and Annabella’s life takes on a very different form as she learns the truth about her past, and as her father is threatened with bankruptcy.

We thought it was very well done. I was particularly impressed with the young Annabella, and also Nigel Havers as her unpleasant (but attractive) father. I could have done without one violent boxing scene – I averted my eyes – but other than that, it was, on the whole, an enjoyable film. Quite long at two and a half hours, and I was relieved that the ending was much more satisfactory than I had feared.
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on 19 January 2013
WoW ! It is not many films that can make all my senses pay full attention and take my whole body & soul into this film where the characters and stories are. I watched it twice and then ordered it from Amazon to go with a collection of My greats to keep and watch forever. Emily Mortimer and Brendon Coyle made the film for me. But every character was great !! The was suspense and intrigue and no violence. Lovely. Its a girlie film for sure and one to be cherished in my lifetime.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2008
perfect for a single girl, on a sunday afternoon, with a cup of tea. great storyline - believable characters.
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on 4 March 2014
I enjoyed 'The Glass Virgin' very much. And was very happy to see a young Brendan Coyle starring. Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2013
Yet again another excellent Catherine Cookson family epic drama committed to film for you to enjoy
This was excellent value with a goog service if you don't mind waiting for arrival it's free!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2013
Up their with all of Cookson's stories. Great acting from Nigel Havers. Spoil rich girl falls from grace, learns to live, cope in the real world and finds love to boot. Put your feet up and enjoy
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2011
This Catherine Cookson was okay, but average. It was predictable and a little far fetched. The story line was good, and neatly acted. Brendan Coyle played well and so did the other actors.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2013
Fantastic. Catherine Cookson is such a wonderful writer, and this was interpreted exactly as I had imagined it when I read the book, which is not a common occurence.
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