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Brideshead Revisited 

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Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Jeremy Irons ...  Charles Ryder 11 episodes, 1981
Diana Quick ...  Julia Flyte / ... 11 episodes, 1981
Roger Milner Roger Milner ...  Wilcox 10 episodes, 1981
Phoebe Nicholls ...  Cordelia Flyte 9 episodes, 1981
Simon Jones ...  Lord Brideshead 'Bridey' 8 episodes, 1981
Anthony Andrews ...  Sebastian Flyte 6 episodes, 1981
Charles Keating ...  Rex Mottram 6 episodes, 1981
Claire Bloom ...  Lady Marchmain 5 episodes, 1981
John Gielgud ...  Edward Ryder 5 episodes, 1981
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Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then invites Charles to lunch after his teddy bear Aloysius "refuses to talk to him" unless he is forgiven. Charles becomes involved with Sebastian's family, Catholic peers of the realm in Protestant England. The story is told in flashback as Charles, now an officer in the British Army, is moved with his company to an English country house that he discovers to be Brideshead, Sebastian's family home where Charles has a series of memories of his youth and young manhood, his loves, life, and a journey of faith and anguish. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

22 April 1988 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Wiedersehen mit Brideshead See more »

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£10,000,000 (estimated)
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Granada Television See more »
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(11 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Sebastian's teddy bear, Aloysius, was based on a real one called "Archie", which belonged to Writer John Betjeman, one of author Evelyn Waugh's friends from his days at Oxford University. See more »

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The voiceover in the early Venice sequences was added for the American version after producer saw the initial British broadcast and felt there was not a strong enough sense of the religious feelings evoked while viewing the paintings. See more »

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beautiful sadness.
18 August 2003 | by gfrancieSee all my reviews

The book and the mini-series always broke my heart. I first read the book and viewed the series as a teenager and it affected me much more then "Catcher in the Rye".

It is probably one of the finest adaptations of a novel put to film. You watch as the reckless innocent fun of youth is slowly taken away and replaced by sad old cynicism.

It captures the feeling of the stolen season of peace between the world wars and the cool observant eye of Waugh who before hand always wrote detached speedy amoral stories. This seemed so...different.

The acting is so on the spot. Carefully restrained and woeful as we watch our favorite characters grow.


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