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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1988)





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Judith Hearne (Maggie Smith) is a middle-aged "maiden lady" piano teacher living in 1950s Dublin. Timid and self-deprecating, Judith permits herself to yearn over her new boarding-house neighbor, hotel entrepreneur Bob Hoskins. Hoskins thinks that Judith has enough money to bankroll his latest scheme, so he decides to return her affections. Judith, blind to Hoskin's duplicity, convinces herself that she's finally found true love. The shattering of her illusions drives Judith to drink--and, unexpectedly, to a more fulfilling new life. Based on the novel by Brian Moore, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is typical of the "muted emotion" ouevre of director Jack Clayton.

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Maggie Smith
as Judith Hearne
Bob Hoskins
as James Madden
Wendy Hiller
as Aunt D'Arcy
Marie Kean
as Mrs. Rice
Ian McNeice
as Bernard
Alan Devlin
as Father Quigley
Prunella Scales
as Moira O'Neill
Aine Ni Mhuiri
as Edie Marinan
Sheila Reid
as Miss Friel
Niall Buggy
as Mr. Lenehan
Kate Binchy
as Sister Ignatius
Paul Boyle
as Taxi Driver
Martina Stanley
as Sister Mary Paul
Isolde Cazelet
as Old Woman
Veronica Quilligan
as Mrs. Mullen
Frank Egerton
as The Major
Kevin Flood
as Owen O'Neill
Catherine Cusack
as Una O'Neill
Sue Hampson
as Cellist at Aunt D'Arcy's
Peter Gilmore
as Kevin O'Neill
Marjorie Hogan
as Old Woman
James Holland
as Shaun O'Neill
Aidan Gillen
as Youth at Liquor Store
Paddy Joyce
as Drunk in Pub
Emma Jane Lavin
as Young Judith
Alan Radcliffe
as Young Priest
Aiden Murphy
as Youth at Liquor Store
Anna Murphy
as Girl Giggler
Seamus Newham
as Taxi Driver
Mike Rennie
as Violinist at Aunt D'Arcy's
Richard Taylor
as Tin Whistle Player
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Critic Reviews for The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

For Smith, the movie is a triumph, a performance to compare with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie of almost 20 years ago.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Top-drawer screen interpretation of Brian Moore's 1955 novel about the spiritual crisis of a middle-aged woman.

July 19, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

A period piece yes but at least a period piece that is interesting to view. Isn't it the same old story? The spinster who's life is put into question with the introduction of a suitor? Of course the suitor isn't all that he is cracked up to be and drama unfolds.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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