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Story

This emotionally moving romantic drama was adapted by William Nicholson from his own acclaimed play, based upon the real-life romance (during the 1950s) between the British writer C.S. Lewis and a divorced American poet named Joy Gresham. Best known for writing The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Lewis (Anthony Hopkins) is living comfortably as a respected Oxford don, his academic lifestyle a kind of shell protecting him from the emotional risk of love. Joy Gresham (Debra Winger) arrives at Oxford as an avid admirer of Lewis's writing, and the safety of his collegiate routine is quickly disrupted when Lewis realizes that he's fallen deeply and unexpectedly in love. Their courtship is uniquely engaging; he's shy and uncertain, she's outspoken and bold. But when Joy is diagnosed with cancer, Lewis's Christian faith is put to the test--he cannot fathom why their happiness together would be so drastically challenged. Together, they find a way to accept and honor the time they have shared together, and under the sensitive direction of Richard Attenborough, Shadowlands arrives at a conclusion that is both heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Hopkins and Winger are equally superb in this absorbing story of personal and spiritual transformation--a story previously filmed for British television in 1985, with Joss Ackland and Claire Bloom. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Julian FellowesDesmond Arding
John WoodChristopher Riley
Anthony HopkinsJack Lewis
Edward HardwickeWarnie Lewis
James FrainPeter Whistler
Toby WhithouseFrith
Daniel GoodeLieven
Scott HandyStandish
Roger Ashton-GriffithsDr. Eddie Monk
Debra WingerJoy Gresham
Joseph MazzelloDouglas Gresham
Peter FirthDr. Craig

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Richard Attenborough
  • Producer: HBO
  • Length: 131 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 14, 1994
    EuropeMar 4, 1994
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropeU
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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