Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood
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This film is a faithful rendition of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' last major poem, Under Milk Wood. It affectionately examines the day-to-day life of the inhabitants of a small Welsh fishing village. The poem is narrated by Richard Burton, himself a Welshman and a great aficionado of Thomas' work. The narrative framework comes through the character of Captain Cat (Peter O'Toole), a retired seaman who, though blind, knows the village and its inhabitants so well, it is as if he could see. The colorful characters of the village are delineated in short vignettes by a host of very… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The images that Director Andrew Sinclair has added to his film adaptation do not complement Thomas' language; they detract from it."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"Fairly creaky."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"All things considered, this is a fairly good adaptation of an impossible play to adapt."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Marvelous adaptation of the Dylan Thomas radio play. Strongly recommended."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Writer-director Andrew Sinclair has a wonderful feel for his material, and a happy hand in matching it to its setting."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Intended solely for the fans of Thomas and for those of intelligent character studies."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The film, faithful to the poem, offers an endearing, often humorous, examination of Welsh life."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Too many words, I'm convinced, for the screen. It's not simply the quantity of words, though. It's also their ornateness. They overflow the ears and get into the eyes."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Unwise physical materialisation of a play for voices."
‑ , Film4
"A loving adaptation and...a fine introduction to Thomas's poetry"
‑ Chris Pepus, culturevulture.net
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