Nicholas Nickleby Jane Eyre Wuthering Heights

09/04/2007
  |  Buy to Own: 09/04/2007
  |  341 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Triple bill of films based on classics of English literature. 'Nicholas Nickleby' (2002) is based on the Dickens tale and features an all-star cast. Young Nicholas Nickleby (Charlie Hunnam) has to become the head of the family after his father dies leaving them penniless. In desperation, he turns to his uncle for help (Christopher Plummer), but this only leads the family into even more of a mess. 'Jane Eyre' (1995) is the Franco Zeffirelli version of the Charlotte Bronte novel. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is a poor orphan who grows up to become governess at Thornfield Hall, the home of the enigmatic Mr Rochester (William Hurt). Although Rochester is initially gruff and dismissive towards Jane, a warmth develops between them. But who is the woman in the attic who laughs maniacally, stabs guests and sets fire to Rochester's bedroom? And will she prove a barrier to Rochester and Jane's wedding plans? 'Wuthering Heights' (1970), based on Emily Bronte's novel, is directed by Robert Fuest. Anna Calder-Marshall stars as the wild and beautiful Catherine, who forms a strong attachment to the mysterious foundling Heathcliff (Timothy Dalton) after he is taken in by her father (Harry Andrews). When Heathcliff leaves to seek his fortune, he returns to find - to his despair - that Catherine has married the local magistrate Edgar (Ian Ogilvy). The story is narrated by Catherine's servant Nellie (Judy Cornwell), who in this version is portrayed as a beautiful young blonde. Julian Glover co-stars as Hindley, Catherine's older brother, who takes over the house and land after the death of their father - but ends up gambling away the family fortune in a drunken binge after the death of his wife and child.