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Tale of Two Cities (A)

UK, English, 117 mins

  • Director: Ralph Thomas
  • Writer: Charles Dickens; T.E.B. Clarke
  • Producer: Betty E. Box; Earl St. John

CGiii Comment

A simplistic rendition of a classic tale.
 
Spotting the young faces of known actors is more enjoyable than the film itself...the acting is wooden...Dirk stands out - as he always does.
 

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The(ir) Blurb...

During the French Revolution, French national Lucie Manette meets and falls in love with Englishman Charles Darnay. He is however hiding his true identity as a member of the French aristocratic Evrémonde family, who he has denounced in private. The Marquis St. Evrémonde in particular was a cruel man, those he wronged who have vowed to see the end of the family line at any cost. Lucie's father Dr. Alexandre Manette, in fact, was imprisoned in the Bastille for eighteen years because of actions of the Marquis. Into their lives comes English barrister Sydney Carton, who enjoys his alcohol to excess. Carton earlier defended Darnay in a trial on trumped up charges of treason. Carton doesn't really like Darnay in part because Carton also loves Lucie, he realizing that that love is unrequited. But Carton does eventually learn of Darnay's true heritage at a critical time.

Cast & Characters

Dirk Bogarde as Sydney Carton;
Dorothy Tutin as Lucie Manette;
Cecil Parker as Jarvis Lorry;
Stephen Murray as Dr. Manette;
Athene Seyler as Miss Pross;
Paul Guers as Charles Darnay;
Marie Versini as Marie Gabelle;
Ian Bannen as Gabelle;
Alfie Bass as Jerry Cruncher;
Ernest Clark as Stryver

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