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Jude (1996)

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Release Date
• USA: Oct 18, 1996
DVD Release Date
• R2: 1 Jan 2001

MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong sexuality and intense depictions of death and birth.

Running Time
2 hours, 3 minutes

Country UK

Studio BBC, Polygram, Revolution Studios

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• Jude

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Genre: Drama, Society, Period Piece, Tragedy, Love, Infidelity, Psychodrama

Tagline: His World Could Never Change... Until She Became His World.

Plot: Acclaimed English director Michael Winterbottom's adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s tragic JUDE THE OBSCURE is a profoundly moving drama that is unrelentingly bleak in its depiction of love and poverty in the late-19th Century. The story follows Jude Fawley (Christopher Eccleston), a young English lad who finds a mentor in a schoolmaster named Phillotson (Liam Cunningham). Years later, after he's been married and cruelly abandoned by his wife, Jude meets his independent cousin Sue Bridehead (Kate Winslet), and falls in love. He introduces her to Phillotson, who becomes smitten with Sue as well, sparking a love triangle that will alter their lives forever.

With JUDE, Winterbottom proves that he is one of the world's most versatile and proficient filmmakers. In translating Hardy's novel to the screen, he retains the author’s bitter hopelessness without succumbing to overt sentimentality. This can also be attributed to Eccleston, whose portrayal of the unfortunate hero is deeply affecting. As Jude’s second wife, Winslet is her usual magnetic self, giving the audience yet another character with whom they will sympathize as the film builds to its somber conclusion. Special mention should also be given to Adrian Johnston’s score and Joseph Bennett’s production design.

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 Directed by
Michael Winterbottom
24 Hour Party People, The Claim, Code 46
 Written by
Hossein Amini
The Wings of the Dove, Killshot
Thomas Hardy
The Claim, Far from the Madding Crowd, Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Christopher Eccleston
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Kate Winslet
Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland
Rachel Griffiths
Blow, My Best Friend's Wedding, Muriel's Wedding
James Nesbitt
Waking Ned, Millions, Bloody Sunday
Liam Cunningham
Dog Soldiers, First Knight, A Little Princess
June Whitfield
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, Carry On Abroad, Carry On Columbus
 Music By
Adrian Johnston
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