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: October 18, 1967
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

One of the most entrancing and elemental landscape films ever shot in these isles.

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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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Patrick Gibbs
Daily Telegraph (UK)

With the emphasis on plot rather than character only Julie Christie finds a part she can turn round in, suggesting convincingly Bathsheba's curious combination of coquetry with integrity.

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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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Phil Hardy
Time Out

Another classic bites the dust.

Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Visually lush, and powerfully acted by a quartet of England's finest actors, John Schlesinger's "Far From the Madding Crowd" is admirable in spite of its imprecise narrative focus and flaws in its direction.

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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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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

Splendidly lusty fare, its feet deep in the mud of the English countryside, its head in the lens-flared glare of a dreamy tragi-romantic sky.

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Carlos Magalh„es
A very faithful adaptation that may not be a memorable classic but translates well the essence of Hardy's novel into a concise narrative that benefits from… 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
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
Red Lats
Typical Thomas Hardy - painful love stories. In "Far From the Madding Crowd", Julie Christie's character captivates one character after another… More
Randy Tippy
Hardy's novel is brought to life with passion and flair.
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