Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)

169 mins | Drama | 1967

Director:

John Schlesinger

Producer:

Joseph Janni

Cinematographer:

Nicolas Roeg

Editor:

Malcolm Cooke

Production Designer:

Richard MacDonald
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Wiltshire and Dorset, England. Released in Great Britain in 1967. For second-run engagements the distributor cut the running time to 143 min and changed the ending: early showings conclude with a shot of Bathsheba's music-box clock that Troy gave her, suggesting that in spite of her marriage to Gabriel, Troy will remain her true love; subsequent version concludes with a shot of the couple just after their marriage. Previously filmed in Great Britain in 1915 (Turner Films). Folk songs include: "Bushes and Briars," "The Bold Grenadier," "The Jolly Tinker," and "The Banks of Allan ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Wiltshire and Dorset, England. Released in Great Britain in 1967. For second-run engagements the distributor cut the running time to 143 min and changed the ending: early showings conclude with a shot of Bathsheba's music-box clock that Troy gave her, suggesting that in spite of her marriage to Gabriel, Troy will remain her true love; subsequent version concludes with a shot of the couple just after their marriage. Previously filmed in Great Britain in 1915 (Turner Films). Folk songs include: "Bushes and Briars," "The Bold Grenadier," "The Jolly Tinker," and "The Banks of Allan Water." More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam focus
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus cond
MAKEUP
Makeup artists
Makeup artists
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Folk song adv
Camera grip
Casting dir
Horsemaster
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (London, 1874).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
1967
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 18 October 1967
Copyright Claimant:
Vic Films
Copyright Date:
18 October 1967
Copyright Number:
LP34786
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Metrocolor
gauge
35 & 70
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
169
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In England in the 1870's headstrong Bathsheba Everdene inherits her uncle's farm in Weatherbury and achieves the independence she desires. A short time later she hires a former neighbor, Gabriel Oak, to be her shepherd; a rejected suitor, Gabriel lost his own flock of sheep when one of his dogs drove them over a steep cliff. Ignoring Gabriel's love, Bathsheba impulsively sends a valentine to William Boldwood, a nearby gentleman farmer. When he misinterprets her capriciousness and proposes to her, Bathsheba promises to consider his offer. Instead, however, she becomes enamored of Frank Troy, a dashing cavalry officer. Unaware that Troy has refused to marry young Fanny Robin, a maidservant pregnant with his child, because she embarrassed him by going to the wrong church on their wedding day, Bathsheba foolishly becomes his wife. After Troy has gambled away most of Bathsheba's money and created disharmony among the farmhands, he discovers that Fanny has died in childbirth. Filled with remorse, he swears that he never loved Bathsheba, walks out on her, and disappears into the ocean. Bathsheba then promises to marry Boldwood when Troy is declared legally dead; but Troy appears at their engagement party and the nearly deranged Boldwood kills him. Shortly after Boldwood has been sent to prison, Gabriel tells Bathsheba that he is planning to emigrate to America. Realizing how much she has always needed his quiet strength and unselfish devotion, Bathsheba persuades Gabriel to remain in Weatherbury as her ... +


In England in the 1870's headstrong Bathsheba Everdene inherits her uncle's farm in Weatherbury and achieves the independence she desires. A short time later she hires a former neighbor, Gabriel Oak, to be her shepherd; a rejected suitor, Gabriel lost his own flock of sheep when one of his dogs drove them over a steep cliff. Ignoring Gabriel's love, Bathsheba impulsively sends a valentine to William Boldwood, a nearby gentleman farmer. When he misinterprets her capriciousness and proposes to her, Bathsheba promises to consider his offer. Instead, however, she becomes enamored of Frank Troy, a dashing cavalry officer. Unaware that Troy has refused to marry young Fanny Robin, a maidservant pregnant with his child, because she embarrassed him by going to the wrong church on their wedding day, Bathsheba foolishly becomes his wife. After Troy has gambled away most of Bathsheba's money and created disharmony among the farmhands, he discovers that Fanny has died in childbirth. Filled with remorse, he swears that he never loved Bathsheba, walks out on her, and disappears into the ocean. Bathsheba then promises to marry Boldwood when Troy is declared legally dead; but Troy appears at their engagement party and the nearly deranged Boldwood kills him. Shortly after Boldwood has been sent to prison, Gabriel tells Bathsheba that he is planning to emigrate to America. Realizing how much she has always needed his quiet strength and unselfish devotion, Bathsheba persuades Gabriel to remain in Weatherbury as her husband. +

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