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Actors: Vanessa Redgrave, Ian Holm, Judi Dench, Stuart Wilson, Tim McInnerny
Director: David Hare
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2004     1hr 42min

From acclaimed writer/director David Hare  (The Hours, Damage) comes Wetherby, the compelling story of Jean Travers (Vanessa Redgrave), a schoolteacher whose life changes completely when a young man breaks into her home, a...  more »


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Actors: Vanessa Redgrave, Ian Holm, Judi Dench, Stuart Wilson, Tim McInnerny
Director: David Hare
Creators: Stuart Harris, David Hare, Chris Wimble, Patsy Pollock, Simon Relph
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Homevision
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/16/2004
Original Release Date: 07/19/1985
Theatrical Release Date: 07/19/1985
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

One of my favorites from the 1980's
W | South of the border, West of the sun | 11/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I agree with the reviewer SILVOX, this has long been an overlooked film. I saw it when the film was first released in the theatres, I then owned an VHS copy, and I was happy to finally get the DVD release. The movie examines human loneliness through the life and love affairs of the various characters. Venessa Redgrave and her daughter, Joely Richardson, were both spectacular in the movie. The music score and the camera work were outstanding."
Redgrave gives a fantastic performance
L. J. Anderson | Chicago, IL | 05/19/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Besides qualms with the musical score, Wetherby has a killer script, intriguing editing, fantastic acting (Vanessa Redgrave is incredible), and a compelling idea driving the film. I liked the echoes of film noir in the intense, high-contrast lighting; the starkness of the violence was perfect, especially when combined with naked silence. It is more than a story about a disturbed young man who shoots himself in front of an aging school teacher, Jean Travers (Redgrave). That comes early in the film. It is about the psychological consequences for Jean in her life and past that are violently revealed through that shocking act. Life can never be normal again. Beneath even the most pleasant veneer lurks sadness, secrets, and dark sexuality."
Robin Simmons | Palm Springs area, CA United States | 11/24/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Vanessa Redgrave is spinster school teacher Jean Travers in David Hare's engrossing, overlooked, WETHERBY (Home Vision). This 1985 drama from the director of "The Hours" concerns the impact on Travers' life when a young man -- an apparent stranger -- breaks into her home, and shoots himself in her presence. Judi Dench and Ian Holm are Travers' good friends who -- much like Biblical Job's comforters -- try and help her cope and understand as she finds herself drawn deeper and deeper in a flood of memories and nightmares of unfulfilled love, longing and deceptions. Redgrave and her daughter Joely Richardson are utterly riveting in this superb and increasingly tense psychological drama that keeps its tantalizing secrets almost until the final fade out.

No extras on sharp looking transfer, but box includes a printed intro by Hare and an unusually insightful essay ("Have You Been True To Me?") by Brian Mcfarlane.
Ignored Classic
L. S. Slaughter | Chapel Hill, NC | 09/16/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Sad this is so overlooked. It's a well-directed gem, David Hare, I think, and one of Vanessa's best turns in the late 80s as an actress. Yes, it's forlorn and melancholy, but well-observed, too. Vanessa is a spinster teaching school trapped in a recurring nightmare of unfulfilled romance. The score is quite lovely, too. The film has a curious, Roegian "Don't Look Now" edge to it.
I hope some company releases it on DVD. It's a cautionary tale about grief and grieving, and.... getting on."