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The Woman in White (1997)

Unrated | | Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 5 April 1998
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Based upon Wilkie Collins' Victorian mystery, the gothic tale tells of a pair of half sisters whose lives end up caught in a grand conspiracy revolving around a mentally ill woman dressed ... See full summary »

Director:

Tim Fywell

Writers:

Wilkie Collins (novel), David Pirie
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tara Fitzgerald ... Marian Fairlie
Justine Waddell ... Laura Fairlie
Andrew Lincoln ... Walter Hartright
Susan Vidler ... Anne Catherick
John Standing ... Mr. Gilmore
Adie Allen ... Margaret Porcher
Ian Richardson ... Mr. Fairlie
James Wilby ... Sir Percival Glyde
Ann Bell ... Mrs. Rideout
Anne Etchells Anne Etchells ... Liza
Timothy Carlton ... Glyde's Lawyer
Simon Callow ... Count Fosco
Tony Spooner Tony Spooner ... Glyde's Servant
Sean Gleeson Sean Gleeson ... Glyde's Servant
Kika Markham ... Madame Fosco
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Based upon Wilkie Collins' Victorian mystery, the gothic tale tells of a pair of half sisters whose lives end up caught in a grand conspiracy revolving around a mentally ill woman dressed in white. As the story unfolds, murder, love, marriage, and greed stand between the two women and happy lives. Their only hope is the secret the woman in white waits to tell them. Written by Max Vaughn

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Not all villans wear black

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Mystery | Thriller

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Ian Richardson plays the same role in this and an earlier adaptation of the story: The Woman in White (1982). See more »

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Version of The Unfortunate Marriage (1917) See more »

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Falls short
25 June 2017 | by begobSee all my reviews

A wealthy Victorian bride and her half-sister become the victims of an abusive marriage, and their only salvation lies in uncovering a mystery from the family's past ...

Brave attempt to cover a complex story in a relatively short run time. Some of the adaptations work very well to fold events and characters into a streamlined plot, but others take too many liberties. The main drawback is that the malevolent Count Fosco is reduced to a few scenes of haughty guffawing, and his back-story is completely erased. This does improve in some ways on the 1982 TV series, with some conviction added to the dialogue, but can't really compete.

The writer has beefed up the roles of the half-sister and the lover, and the actress gives a strong performance. Sadly, in spite of all the streamlining, the end has to rely too much on exposition to lead us out of the labyrinth.

Overall: Well produced but bit off more than it could chew.


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5 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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