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Lantern Hill [1989] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Mairon Bennett, Sam Waterston, Patricia Phillips, Zoe Caldwell, Sarah Polley
  • Directors: Kevin Sullivan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sullivan Entertainment Europe Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sept. 2003
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A9ZVR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,640 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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I was always rather surprised that when Kevin Sullivan decided to turn to another Lucy Maud Montgomery novel after doing the first four Anne of Green Gables novels in a couple of celebrated mini-series he turned to "Jane of Lantern Hill." I would have thought the "Emily of New Moon" trilogy would come up next (it is currently a Canadian television series) and would not have minded seeing "Magic for Marigold" adapted, but Sullivan selected "Jane of Lantern Hill" instead.
Montgomery's novel is distinct from all of the others because both of the heroine's parents are still living. However, Jane Stuart is an emotional orphan because her overbearing maternal grandmother (Zoe Caldwell) has psychologically battered Jane's mother, Robin (Patricia Phillips) into submission and the family has led Jane to believe her father is dead. However, Andrew Stuart (Sam Waterston) is not only alive, he is insisting on his parental rights and wants Jane sent to him on Prince Edward Island. Despite the chasm between them, father and daughter quickly bond, and Jane begins to question why her parents having been living apart. Meanwhile, Jane becomes involved with the spunky young vagrant, Jody Turner (Sarah Polley), and old Hepzibah (Colleen Dewhurst), the local "witch" lady.
The adaptation of Montgomery's novel by Fiona McHugh holds true to the emotional center of the story while collapsing the narrative's period of time and jettisoning most of the domesticity as well. Unfortunately this means that one of my favorite scenes from the novel, where Jane finally gets in the face of Grandmother Kennedy, is lost. The performances in the production are so wonderfully understated except for Polley, who pours it on thick with the accent, although Dewhurst does get to ham it up a little bit at Hepzibah.
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This film was made by Kevin Sullivan and contained many of the actors from his Road to Avonlea series.

It was a film that can be watched by all of the family. The story is about a young girl from a well to do family, however, there are a lot of tensions within it and it is quite disaffected. Eventually her estranged father is able to gain access to his daughter and takes her back to St Edward Island and form a strong bond.

Sarah Polley, as Jody Turner, and Colleen Dewhurst as Hepzibah both star in the film and she has a lot of adventures with them both on the Island.

An excellent film on a rainy Sunday afternoon
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Another example of the original book being more enjoyable than the follow-on film. Good acting though the dialogue could have been better scripted. Worth a watch for fans of the authors other books.
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Lovely film, good story, no violence and kept me glued all the way through. Just wish more of Lucie Montgomery's books( such as the Emily series) were made into films.
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Fascinating story. At last I now have it on video.
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