Far From the Madding Crowd
Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)

This 1967 version of Thomas Hardy's novel should have done better at the box office than it did, given the star power of Julie Christie and the visual and aural fidelity to its source material. Julie Christie plays Bathsheba Everdene, a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 27, 2009
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Thomas Hardy was not the most dynamic novelist in English literature, but this sluggish 1967 film still does him a serious disservice.

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Time Out

Another classic bites the dust.

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Total Film

Thomas Hardy's novels move with the rhythm of the seasons and so does this classic 1967 adaptation, filmed by John Schlesinger with an expansive sweep and pace.

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TIME Magazine

[Schlesinger] displays the best sense of Victorian time and place since David Lean in Great Expectations.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Pictorially excessive but dramatically barren.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is a predictable story that Schlesinger struggles to keep fresh and moving.

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Variety Staff

Christie has few real opportunities to branch out of her rather muted and pouty lead.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Alan Bates, in a change of pace, is the loyal shepherd. Terence Stamp is a suitably vile Sgt. Troy, and Peter Finch makes Boldwood strong and honorable in his love for Bathsheba.

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Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury

A stunning-looking Julie Christie running about Thomas Hardy's countryside is the major excuse for John Schlesinger's under-dramatized picture postcard.

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Randy Tippy
Hardy's novel is brought to life with passion and flair.
Red Lats
Typical Thomas Hardy - painful love stories. In "Far From the Madding Crowd", Julie Christie's character captivates one character after another… More
William Dunmyer
John Schlesinger's surprisingly dull three-hour epic "Far From the Madding Crowd" is not so much a movie as a TV mini-series. It is grandly… More
Eric Broome
The costumes and scenery of this romantic saga are wonderful, and the direction is impeccable (John Schlesinger, with help from cinematographer Nicolas Roeg).… More
jay nixon
Absolutely gorgeous version of the Hardy classic, with some captivating scenes particularly the storm sequence. Some of the top talent of the acting world of… More
Dimitris Springer
The English can do no wrong.A rising star sitting in the director's chair having 4 future giants in front of the camera,deliberately tarnished… More