Filmed before (and quite nicely) in 1949, Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's story was remade for this admirable 1993 release, executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola and directed by acclaimed Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland. Splendidly adapted by Edward Scissorhands screenwriter Caroline Thompson, the film opens in India during the early 1900s, when young Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly) is orphaned and sent to England to live in Misselthwaite Manor, the gloomy estate of her brooding and melancholy uncle, Lord Craven (John Lynch). Because the uncle is almost... always away on travels, struggling to forget the death of his beloved wife, Mary is left mostly alone to explore the estate. Eventually she befriends the young brother of a staff maid and Lord Craven's apparently crippled son, who has been needlessly bedridden for years. Together the three children restore a neglected garden on the estate grounds, and in doing so they set the stage for a moving reaffirmation of life and love. Filmed with graceful style and careful attention to the intelligence and cleverness of young children, The Secret Garden is that rarest breed of family film that transcends its own generic category, encouraging a sense of wonder and optimism to become a rewarding experience for viewers of any age. --Jeff Shannon [show more]
The Secret Garden is beautiful film for all the family - it's one of the best stories ever written and is a classic. The music is also lovely and the cinematography is divine. The actors have been picked perfectly for the roles in this film and portray the characters from the book as imagined.
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Bringing the Francis Hodgson Burnett classic to the big screen; Mary Lennox is the young orphan sent to stay with her uncle in a forbidding mansion. She not only discovers an invalid cousin she never knew she had but also a secret garden in need of repair.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. It's a special garden where friendships blossom, illnesses fade away and sorrows flee. There, troubled orphan Mary (Kate Maberly), her spoiled, sickly cousin Colin (Heydon Prowse) and kindly country boy Dickon (Andrew Knott) discover that a world of caring can make a world of difference. Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic story blooms anew in this enchanting new version lovingly adapted by Caroline Thompson and directed by Agnieszka Holland, also starring Maggie Smith and John Lynch "If you look the right way" Mary says, "you can see the whole world is a garden." Discover a whole world of magic in this wonderful movie. Interactive Menus Scene Access Actors Kate Maberly, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott, Maggie Smith, Irene Jacob & John Lynch Director Agnieszka Holland Certificate Universal Suitable for All Year 1993 Screen Widescreen 1.85:1 Languages English, French, Italian and Dutch - Dolby Surround Subtitles English ; French ; Italian ; Dutch ; Arabic ; Spanish ; Portuguese ; German ; Romanian ; Bulgarian ; English and Italian for the Hearing Impaired Duration 1 hour and 37 minutes (approx)