Secret Garden

Directed By: Agnieszka Holland Starring: Maggie Smith

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SVD1128: Features: -DVD.-Synopsis: English orphan discovers her bitter uncle's garden and, with her sickly cousin, it's magic.-Directed by Agnieszka Holland.-Genre: Family.-Rating: NR.


Studio Warner
SKU 211423837
UPC 883929084791
UPC 14 00883929084791
Format DVD
Release Date 12/7/2010
Family (General)
Family Interaction
Kids Adventure
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Agnieszka Holland's adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic fairy tale, THE SECRET GARDEN is a highly entertaining family picture that is overflowing with gorgeous imagery. Ten-year-old Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly) is a spoiled rich girl living in colonial India with her aloof parents who frequent elegant parties and leave her with servants who attend to her every whim. When her parents are killed, however, Mary's life changes drastically. She's shipped off to England to live in the enormous manor of her father's friend, Lord Archibald Craven (John Lynch), and his invalid son, Colin (Heydon Prowse). Lord Craven, a miserable recluse since his wife's death, ignores his son and leaves the household management to Mrs. Medlock (Maggie Smith), an ironhanded authoritarian. In this cold environment, the children, with help from spirited maid Martha Sowerby and her younger brother, Dickon, manage to find happiness in a special garden hidden away for years. Beautifully shot by Roger Deakins, Holland's film is a visual feast that captures the fantasy like tone of the book without sacrificing any of Burnett's original vision. Zbigniew Preisner's magical score adds another lovely dimension, making this a film that individuals of every age can enjoy.
Plot Summary
Summary Frances Hodgson Burnett's timeless tale of the magical effect of a long forgotten garden on the lives of three lonely English children. Executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola and rendered with lyrical flair by Polish director Agnieszka Holland (EUROPA EUROPA).
New York Times "...Elegantly expressive, a discreet and lovely rendering of the children's classic..." 08/13/1993 p.C3
Entertainment Weekly "...Holland found the perfect young actress to play Mary Lennox....It's hard to imagine the little loner in your house not taking this one to heart." -- Rating: B 02/11/1994 p.64
Variety "...Executed to near perfection in all artistic departments....[A] superior adaptation of the perennial favorite novel..." 08/16/1993
Chicago Sun-Times "...It is a work of beauty, poetry and deep mystery, and watching it is like entering for time into a closed world where one's destiny may be discovered..." 08/13/1993 p.37
Agnieszka Holland
Maggie Smith
Cast & Crew
John Lynch - Star
Andrew Knott - Star
Maggie Smith - Star
Laura Crossley - Star
Heydon Prowse - Star
Kate Maberly - Star
Roger Deakins - Director of Photography
Agnieszka Holland - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00883929084791
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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