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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne 1987


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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne 1987 15

116 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack Clayton

Maggie Smith is astonishing in a role regarded as her finest since winning the Oscar for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in 1969. She plays a middle-aged spinster who’s dedicated her life to the church and caring for her cantankerous aunt, scraping a meagre living giving piano lessons. Believing she’s finally found companionship in the form of her landlady’s brother Madden (Bob Hoskins), a New York-based entrepreneur, Judith begins to exhume her emotions, unaware that she may be misinterpreting his intentions.

Jack Clayton returned to Britain after an absence of 20 years to make his final feature film, which softens the anti-Church sentiment of Brian Moore’s 1956 novel in favour of a piercing character study built around Smith’s glorious performance. The standout cast also includes Ian McNeice, Prunella Scales and a debut film role for Aidan Gillen.

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Jack Clayton


Prunella Scales

Ian McNeice

Wendy Hiller

Bob Hoskins

Maggie Smith




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