Shadowlands (1993)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

United Kingdom, 1993.  Price Entertainment, , Shadowlands Productions.  Screenplay by , based on his play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Richard Attenborough, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

After years of writing letters to author C.S. Lewis (Anthony Hopkins), American writer Joy Gresham (Debra Winger) finally makes the trip out to England to meet him. When they get together, something wonderful happens: they become inseparable, eventually falling in love and getting married. This warm, witty and intelligent film beautifully captures the relationship between the two leads without ever becoming maudlin, even injecting tragedy in the last third that never comes off as trite or overripe. Winger is brilliant and energetic in the lead, while Hopkins adds yet another marvelous performance to his acting resume of 1993 (see also The Remains of the Day). Directed by Richard Attenborough (his best work in years), it features a pristine screenplay by William Nicholson, adapted from his own play of the same name.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Actress (Debra Winger); Best Adapted Screenplay

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