Daniel Deronda

Daniel Deronda

DVD - 2003
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Daniel Deronda is a sensitive, intelligent young man haunted by secrets that shroud his birth. Gwendolen Harleth is a beautiful gambler short on cash. When the two meet, sparks fly.
Daniel Deronda is a sensitive, intelligent, young man haunted by secrets that shroud his birth. Gwendolen Harleth is a beautiful gambler short on cash. When the two meet, sparks fly.

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molly
Aug 23, 2019

Excellent movie. Great acting. Hugh Dancy SO good with his quiet concentration. Long but worth every minute. Always watch for any British production produced by Rebecca Eaton.

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4536o
Jul 28, 2019

BBC English period dramas offer the opportunity to view familiar actors across a variety of character types. Surely the most prominent in this film is Hugh Bonneville as a vile, manipulative villain; tolerably likeable as a Lord in Downtown Abbey (and even more so as Mr. Bennet in Lost in Austen), we reflexively cheer when his character meets a most satisfying demise. Surely, also, this is the best Hugh Dancy, as Daniel. And not to overlook Romola Garai, who undertook (and triumphed with) the emotionally complicated Gwendolen when only age 19. The Beeb is a treasure.

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tenet
Dec 28, 2018

Rated 4/10. I found this to be fairly boring, with some unlikeable characters I could care less about.

The actor who played Deronda, and Edward Fox were good, but the others were mediocre.

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LauraSteinert
Aug 02, 2018

if the music, especially the background music had been less annoying, I'd have rated this higher. It is a love story long the lines of Emma but with a profoundly feminist message.

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trcookIIImddmd
Aug 22, 2017

The standard BBC excellence in video presentation of George Eliot's novel.

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kpelish
Apr 19, 2017

This was an OK adaptation, with Romola Garai playing a difficult role as the naïve, spoiled, financially strapped woman who rejects a lower-class job as a governess. She falls for the bling in a wealthy predator, yet is attracted to the far more sensitive Daniel Deronda (her husband's hubris, though, leads him to an unfortunate smoke break). From the viewpoint of today's diverse culture, it's odd to see that being Jewish was once considered a possible bar to "high society."

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ba_library
Dec 23, 2016

Never read this book, maybe I should. I found this DVD a bit dull. The main female character Gwendolyn is so unpleasant and did things for money and security using her beauty as her currency / value that she sort of ends up with what she deserves. She does want to be a better person she tells Daniel Deronda. A young man abandoned at birth, but raised by his uncle in England. He gets involved with a Jewish woman who seriously affects his life and beliefs. Probably a good introduction for those of us who need to read the book.

Mee2 May 19, 2016

This is one of my favorite movies. It is beautifully crafted and moving. I believe Huge Dancy is perfect as the main character--and I enjoyed the movie more than the book. Romola Garai is an excellent actress, but in my opinion she did not capture Eliot's Gwendolen. And Gwendolen, by the way, is not a gambler as the "Description" here suggests.

Daniel Deronda is a young man of high moral values, soft spoken, who does not spend his life gazing at his belly button. He always tries to do what is best for others, and understands right and wrong. I highly recommend this movie to parents eager to inculcate good values to their children.

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empbee
Nov 21, 2014

Enjoyable with good acting.

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midnight_fleur28
Jul 08, 2014

The lead actress, Romola Garai, who plays Gwendolyn, was simply not right for the part. This is a poor adaptation of a great novel by George Eliot. I do not recommend this.

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