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The Return of the Native (1994)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 4 December 1994
Reddleman Diggory Venn drives slowly across the heath, carrying a hidden passenger in the back of his van. When darkness falls, the country folk light bonfires on the hills, emphasizing the pagan spirit of the heath and its denizens.

Director:

Jack Gold

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (novel), Robert W. Lenski (teleplay) (as Robert Lenski)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Eustacia Vye (as Catherine Zeta Jones)
Clive Owen ... Damon Wildeve
Ray Stevenson ... Clym Yeobright
Steven Mackintosh ... Diggory Venn
Claire Skinner ... Thomasin
Paul Rogers ... Captain Vye
Joan Plowright ... Mrs. Yeobright
Celia Imrie ... Susan Nunsuch
Richard Avery Richard Avery ... Humphrey
Peter Wight ... Timothy
Jeremy Peters Jeremy Peters ... Sam
Greg Saunders Greg Saunders ... Charley
John Boswall ... Granfer Cande
William Waghorn William Waghorn ... Christian Cande
Matthew Owens Matthew Owens ... Johnny
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Reddleman Diggory Venn drives slowly across the heath, carrying a hidden passenger in the back of his van. When darkness falls, the country folk light bonfires on the hills, emphasizing the pagan spirit of the heath and its denizens.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El regreso del nativo See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Diggory Venn works as a reddleman. He digs red ochre (clay), also known as ferric oxide, to be used as a red dye to mark sheep. See more »

Goofs

The story is set in 1842. When Susan Nunsuch is given a sixpence, a close-up of the coin shows it to bear the head of Elizabeth II (1952-present), not that of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). See more »

Connections

Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Le point du jour
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Ray Stevenson
[Clym sings while chopping furze]
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Clive Owen could become the next "James Bond 007".
14 May 2003 | by james362001See all my reviews

I saw this Hallmark television movie when it originally aired. I lost interest in the story because a character was said to be a witch. I just was not in the right frame of mind to watch this film. But Hallmark stands for the best, quality films. Now, there is a reason to give this film a second look. Clive Owen who plays "Damon Wildeve" just might have a chance to be selected as the next James Bond 007 when Pierce Brosnan passes it on. Clive Owen might have to wait until the year 2008. The other reason is the female lead is Catherine Zeta-Jones is now a celebrity (she was an unknown at the time) and became an Academy Award winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2003. Joan Plowright as "Mrs. Yeobright" is also in this film. I like the opening line in this film: "Deliver my heart from this fearful, lonely place. Send me a great love from somewhere or else I shall die, truly I shall die."


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