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Tess

Year:
Duration:
186 min | Argentina:150 min | France:170 min | 172 min (DVD) | West Germany:134 min (re-issue version) | West Germany:184 min (original version)
Genres:
Drama | Romance
IMDB rate:
7.3
Director:
Roman Polanski
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 12 nominations
Details
Country: France
Release Date: 1980-12-12
Filming Locations: Château Brocéliande, Paimpont, Ille-et-Vilaine, France
Earnings
Budget: $12,000,000
Gross: $20,093,330 (USA) ( 1981)
Cast
Actor
Character
John Collin
John Durbeyfield
Tony Church
Parson Tringham
Nastassja Kinski
Tess
Brigid Erin Bates
Girl in meadow
Jeanne Biras
Girl in meadow
Peter Firth
Angel Clare
John Bett
Felix Clare
Tom Chadbon
Cuthbert Clare
Rosemary Martin
Mrs. Durbeyfield
Geraldine Arzul
Child
Stephanie Treille
Child
Elodie Warnod
Child
Ben Reeks
Child
Jack Stephens
Man in Tavern
Leigh Lawson
Alec d'Urberville
Maryline Even
Girl in henhouse
Jean-Jacques Daubin
Bailiff
Sylvia Coleridge
Mrs. d'Urberville
Jacob Weizbluth
Yokel at barn-dance (as Jacob Weisbluth)
Peter Benson
Religious Fanatic
Jacques Mathou
Harvester
Véronique Alain
Harvester (as Veronique Alain)
Richard Pearson
Vicar of Marlott
Fred Bryant
Dairyman Crick
John Barrett
Old dairy hand
Anne Tirard
Old dairy hand (as Ann Tirard)
Carolyn Pickles
Marian
Suzanna Hamilton
Izz
Caroline Embling
Retty
Josine Comellas
Mrs. Crick
Arielle Dombasle
Mercy Chant
David Markham
Reverend Mr. Clare
Pascale de Boysson
Mrs. Clare
Gordon Richardson
Parson at wedding
Patsy Smart
Housekeeper
Dicken Ashworth
Farmer Groby
Jimmy Gardner
Pedlar
Reg Dent
Carter
John Gill
Landlord
Forbes Collins
New tenant
Keith Buckley
Postman
John Moore
Postman
Patsy Rowlands
Landlady
Graham Weston
Constable
Lina Roxa
Caretaker
Did you know?
Trivia
The principal photography period for this film ran for around ten months.
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For this picture, costume designer Anthony Powell won his third and final consecutive Academy Award in this category after previously winning the Oscar for Death on the Nile (1978) and Travels with My Aunt (1972). Since _Tess (1979), Powell was nominated for Costume Design again three more times, with the reverse happening, and losing all three times.
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Many movie posters for the film featured a long text preamble that read: "She was born into a world where they called it seduction, not rape. What she did would shatter that world forever. She was a poor man's daughter, an aristocrat's mistress and a gentleman's wife. She was Tess, a victim of her own provocative beauty. Columbia Pictures is proud to present a film by Roman Polanski, based on the classic Thomas Hardy novel. 'TESS'. As timely today as the day it was written".
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Goofs
At the beginning of the final sequence, set at Stonehenge, someone's head can be seen at bottom-left.
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At 4:21, camera shadow on Durbeyfield's back. This shadow extends entirely across the path. At 4:44, as the parson and Durbeyfield talk, the shadow is gone.
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When Tess and Angel break in to the house when on the run, the mic boom pole is reflected in the door beside the broken glass panel Angel had just forced.
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Quotes
John Durbeyfield: Good night, t'ee.
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Angel Clare: She's sleeping. Just a little longer?
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Photos from cast
Lesley Dunlop