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The Secret Garden (1987)

Cast: Sophie Thursfield, Sophie Thursfield, David Waller, more...
Director: Alan Grint, Alan Grint
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Studio: Hallmark
Genre: Drama, Foreign, British Drama, UK
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

This made-for-TV adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden stars Gennie James as spoiled-rotten Mary Lennox. When her parents die of cholera, Mary is whisked from her home in India to live in the forbidding Victorian mansion of her flint-hearted uncle (Derek Jacobi). Thanks to the friendship--and vivid imagination--of gardener's son Jadrien Steele, Mary learns that life is lived best when one cares for others. At the same time, her uncle begins to act like a human being. The only false note in this otherwise flawless production was the decision to clumsily frame the story with the narration of the adult Mary Lennox. Blessed with a top-rank British cast, including Michael Hordern, Billie Whitelaw, Lucy Gutteridge and Alison Doody (Harrison Ford's vis-a-vis in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, this 1987 Secret Garden was first telecast as a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

The Movie version is better than this TV version by MBreslau September 23, 2011 - 12:16 PM PDT
This version of Mary sounds emotionally flat - as if she's reading her lines, but not feeling the underlying emotion - until the last few scenes.

Dicken the gardner steals the show in my opinion. He's good, and convincingly magical. The adults are less severe, more human, then in the movie version. Perhaps that's an advantage to this version.

The black cat in the opening scenes is never explained or justified. In fact, the opening/closing scenes with adult Mary is quite unnecesarry.

Still, it's worth watching.

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(Average 7.33)
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