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Shadowlands (1985)

[Shadowlands] Shadowlands
BBC Wales, 1985
Rated: PG in the U.K., Not Rated in Canada
Running Time: 89 minutes
Director: Norman Stone
Producer: David M. Thompson
Amazon.co.uk: PAL DVD, PAL VHS
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Recommended by: Greg Slade

Earlier, shorter, and closer to the facts than the Hollywood version, this original BBC adaptation stars Joss Ackland as C.S. Lewis. Ackland bears a physical resemblance to Lewis, as Hopkins does not. Davidman's two sons are retained as two separate characters, rather than merged into one. (However, in neither version does Lewis' house resemble the Kilns in Oxford, the actual house the Lewis brothers lived in.) This version is quite thoroughly moving. The last scene made me completely lose it.

I am not the only person to like this film. This production won two British Academy awards and an International Emmy. If you are interested in Lewis, you owe it to yourself to seek this one out.


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