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The Return of the Native1994

The Return of the Native (1994)





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Unlike the barren and forbidding moors elsewhere in England, Return of the Native's Egdon Heath attires itself in vibrant wildflowers, mossy hillsides, winding streams, arching footbridges, and undulant meadows. An enchantress would be at home in this place, but not Eustacia Vye, portrayed by Zeta-Jones. Though coveted by every man in Egdon Heath -- and every boy old enough to stare -- the beautiful Eustacia longs for the smoking chimneys and broad stone buildings of Paris. When a native of Egdon Heath, Clym Yeobright Ray Stevenson, returns from his job in Paris as a jeweler, Vye stuns him with her beauty and marries him in hopes of persuading him to take her to Paris. But, alas, Clym is a clod at heart. He vows to remain in Egdon Heath to teach and edify. After his eyesight deteriorates, Eustacia turns her attentions to rakish Damon Wildeve Clive Owen, and the plot begins to churn and curdle.


Ray Stevenson
as Clym Yeobright
Clive Owen
as Damon Wildeve
Joan Plowright
as Mrs. Yeobright
Steven Mackintosh
as Diggory Venn
Paul Rogers
as Capt. Vye
Celia Imrie
as Susan Nunsuch
Richard Avery
as Humphrey
Peter Wight
as Timothy
John Boswall
as Granfer Castle
William Waghorn
as Christian Castle
Britta Smith
as Olly Dowden
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Critic Reviews for The Return of the Native

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Reveals how the obsession of one breathtakingly beautiful woman upsets the tranquil equilibrium of a rural English community.

August 23, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Return of the Native


Beautifully photograped poignant version of Hardy novel.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

I really thought Catherine Zeta-Jones was Hispanic until I saw this! She really fooled me in Zorro. Who knew she was Welsh? Seriously?

Valerie G
Valerie G

Super Reviewer

I'm sure people who haven't read the book will like this. Basically, they took the majority of the symbolism from the original novel out, and what they were left with was a shallow historical romance. Accents were atrocious too, and some of the plot was fiddled with if I remember rightly. My English class had great fun ripping the piss out of this film. The sad thing is, I know Zeta-Jones can act, but her talent was mysteriously absent here.

Kylie B
Kylie B

Super Reviewer

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