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Willem Dafoe stars as groundbreaking early 20th century American poet T.S. Eliot in this biopic focusing on Eliot's disastrous marriage. Young Tom Eliot meets the flamboyant Vivienne Haigh-Wood (Miranda Richardson) while they are both students at Oxford University in England in 1914. Eliot is studying under the famous writer and philosopher Bertrand Russell (Nickolas Grace). Tom and Viv elope after a very brief courtship, without the consent of her parents and against the advice of Viv's brother Maurice (Tim Dutton). On the honeymoon, Tom learns that Viv suffers from a severe hormonal imbalance which causes frequent menstruation. She is under the care of a doctor who calls her problems emotional and prescribes medications which worsen her condition. Viv is moody, often despondent, and frequently drunk. While Tom works as a bank clerk and tries to establish himself as a writer, Viv serves as his secretary and sometimes his muse, but more and more often she embarrasses them in public with her behavior. Yet her influence prevents Tom, who wants to become thoroughly British and a member of the Church of England, from becoming too staid. Eventually, Tom reluctantly commits his wife to a mental asylum and their troubled marriage continues to plague his life and color his work. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

  • Release date:December 2, 1994

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Rosemary Harris Best Supporting Actress 1994 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rosemary Harris Best Supporting Actress 1994 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Miranda Richardson Best Actress 1993 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Miranda Richardson Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1994 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Miranda Richardson Best Actress 1994 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Brian Gilbert Alexander Korda Award 1993 Nominee
National Board of Review Al Richardson Best Actress 1994 Winner

Cast

Willem Dafoe
as Tom Eliot
Miranda Richardson
as Vivienne Haigh-Wood
Rosemary Harris
as Viv's mother
Tim Dutton
as Viv's brother, Maurice
Nickolas Grace
as Berty
Philip Locke
as Viv's father
Michelle Guish
Donald Paul Pemrick
Geoffrey Bayldon
as Harwent
Clare Holman
as Louise Purdon
Joseph O'Conor
as Bishop of Oxford
John Savident
as Sir Frederick Lamb
Michael Attwell
as W.I. Janes
Linda Spurrier
as Edith Sitwell
Roberta Taylor
as Ottoline Morrell
Christopher Baines
as Verger
Anna Chancellor
as Woman
James Greene
as Dr Cyriax
Lou Hirsch
as Captain Todd
Simon McBurney
as Dr Reginald Miller
Joanna McCallum
as Virginia Woolf
John Savident
as Sir Frederick Lamb
Anna Chancellor
as Woman
Joseph O'Conor
as Bishop of Oxford
Lou Hirsch
as Captain Todd
Linda Spurrier
as Edith Sitwell
Roberta Taylor
as Ottoline Morrell
Simon McBurney
as Dr Reginald Miller
Michael Attwell
as W.I. Janes
James Greene
as Dr Cyriax
Christopher Baines
as Verger
Clare Holman
as Louise Purdon
Geoffrey Bayldon
as Harwent

Crew

Brian Gilbert
Director
Peter Samuelson
Producer
Harvey Kass
Producer
Marc Samuelson
Producer
Adrian Hodges
Screenwriter
Martin Fuhrer
Cinematographer
Peter Glossop
Musical Direction/Supervision
Debbie Wiseman
Composer (Music Score)
Tony Lawson
Editor
Herve Schneid
Editor
Jamie Leonard
Production Designer
Mark Raggett
Art Director
Miles A. Copeland III
Executive Producer
Paul Colichman
Executive Producer
Jill Quertier
Set Designer
Sean Guest
First Assistant Director
Michelle Guish
Casting
Morag Ross
Makeup
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