Posted: 04/16/2011


Lorna Doone

by Del Harvey

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Releasing April 19, 2011, an all-star version of the classic tale of forbidden love in the lawless 17th-century England. This adaptation of R.D. Blackmore’s 1869 novel stars Clive Owen (Children of Men, Closer, Inside Man, Gosford Park, Chancer), Polly Walker (Caprica, Rome, State of Play, Patriot Games), and Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, GoldenEye, Sharpe).

This Lorna Doone is a classic story of romance, revenge, and adventure. Blackmore’s novel is a romance based on a group of historical characters set in the late 17th century in Devon and Somerset. John Ridd is the son of a respectable farmer who was murdered in cold blood by one of the notorious Doone clan, a once noble family, now outlaws, in the isolated Doone Valley.

Battling his desire for revenge, John also grows into a respectable farmer and takes good care of his mother and two sisters. He falls hopelessly in love with Lorna, a girl he meets by accident, who turns out to be not only the granddaughter of Sir Ensor Doone (lord of the Doones), but destined to marry (against her will) the impetuous, menacing, and now jealous heir of the Doone Valley, Carver Doone. Carver will let nothing get in the way of his marriage to Lorna, which he plans to force upon her once Sir Ensor dies and he comes into his inheritance.

Lavish costumes, dazzling scenery, and a stellar supporting cast round out this splendid adaptation of one of the greatest love stories ever told. The British drama aired in the U.K. in 1990 and is one of Clive Owen’s and Polly Walker’s earliest roles. It releases from Acorn Media on April 19.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.

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