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Release Date: October 18th, 1996

DVD Release Date: May 14th, 2002

R|2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary
In late 19th-century England, Jude (Christopher Eccleston) aspires to be an academic, but is hobbled by his blue-collar background. Instead, he works as a stonemason and is trapped in an unloving marriage to a farmer's daughter named Arabella (Rachel Griffiths). But when his wife leaves him, Jude sees an opportunity to improve himself. He moves to the city and begins an affair with his married cousin, Sue (Kate Winslet), courting tragedy every step of the way.

Cast: Kate Winslet, Christopher Eccleston, Rachel Griffiths, June Whitfield, Liam Cunningham, Ross Colvin Turnbull, James Daley, Berwick Kaler

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Genres: Drama

Production Co: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Keywords: Temptation, Transformation, England, Brooding, Fall, Wife, Sacrifice, Dark, Passionate, Love triangle, Forbidden love

Ratings & Reviews

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  • This is a film of tremendous scope and emotional depth that uncovers the soul of a novel and brings it to life on the screen. show more

  • Jude is a modernized version of Hardy, but a handsome, fluid and red-blooded one that has no difficulty finding correlatives to the prejudice and hatred of wit and spirit against which Hardy, in his gimlet-eyed way, so passionately attacked. [25 Oct 1996]

  • Yet the film, no more than the novel, shouldn't be described as depressing. Both of them shine with heightened vision and poetics. [01 Nov 1996]

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