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Hard Times
Hard Times
Actors: Harriet Walter, Bill Paterson, Alan Bates, Beatie Edney, Bob Peck
Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Television
NR     2005     1hr 44min

Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 09/06/2005 Rating: Nr


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Actors: Harriet Walter, Bill Paterson, Alan Bates, Beatie Edney, Bob Peck
Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Creators: David Whitson, Peter Evans, Rosemary Hill, Andrew Davies, Charles Dickens
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Television
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Television
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/06/2005
Original Release Date: 04/30/1995
Theatrical Release Date: 04/30/1995
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 44min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Some time spent in Cheapside
PTR | Bon Aqua, TN USA | 02/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This disc came with the BBC Dickens set. It is probably the weakest entry. Alan Bates is good as always, but some of the other actors are rather weak. But they don't have much of a script to work with, as the adaptation is poor. It is difficult to make Dickens work with such a short length; the characters and situations never seem to get fleshed out. The production values were poor as well. It makes you realize how much money and effort has gone into other Dickens adaptations.

This story is prime for a remake -- much more than the version of Bleak House that came in the same set (which was quite good)."
Very boring, and low budget film
PTR | 02/23/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"My family and I are fans of BBC/ Masterpiece Theater series and after watching the BBC Our Mutual Friend, were looking forward to another wonderful adaptation of one of Dickens' novels. However, we were disappointed with this production. The acting is good but there are two major problems: 1)it dragged tremendously; it seemed like it went on forever and nothing ever happened in it; and 2)it was a very low-budget production. It looked as if it had been filmed on two stages and the quality of the film was extremely poor."
Strange but interesting
Mark bennett | portland, OR | 11/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This adaptation of the novel was done by the BBC for schools. What you get is essentially something like a filmed version of a stage play. The cast is excellent. The production made incredibly creative use of a very mimimal budget. But if your expecting a first-class production with a huge budget, look elsewhere.

Given the length of the work, the writers had to be very creative as far as how to fit the story together. The work has an almost dreamlike quality to it. Traditionalists will hate it but on every watching after the first I came to appreciate more what the people behind the production were trying to do.

There are low budget productions were people don't try. And then there are low budget productions where those involved go all out and surpass what they should have been able to deliver. This is definately in the second catagory.

Its not for everyone, but some will appreciate it.