Shadowlands (1993) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
7.3/ 10 (9784 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG for thematic elements

Production Company
Price Entertainment - (presents)
Shadowlands Productions
Spelling Films International - (in association with)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 25 December 1993
(USA) - 25 December 1993
(Australia) - 30 December 1993
(Peru) - 1994
(USA) - 14 January 1994

Running Time
Canada:115 (Ontario)

Based on a true story. He thought that magic only existed in books, and then he met her.

1950s, 1960s, affection, american-abroad, american-in-the-uk, attic, author, autograph, bachelor, based-on-play, book, bookstore, british, brother-brother-relationship, cancer, christening, christmas, citizenship, college, commitment, compassion, correspondence, crying-man, death, deathbed,

Technical Support
CAM:Panavision Cameras and Lenses
LAB:Technicolor, UK
MET:3591 m - (Sweden)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak)
PCS:Panavision - (anamorphic)
PFM:35 mm - (Kodak)
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Ashton-Griffiths, Roger as [Dr. Eddie Monk] <19>
  2. Bird, Norman as [Taxi Driver Witness] <41>
  3. Blanc, JB as (uncredited) [Undergraduate]
  4. Burton-Gill, Cameron as [Parrish Children] <28>
  5. Burton-Gill, Chandler as [Parrish Children] <29>
  6. Cowell-Parker, Simon as [John Egan] <18>
  7. Delamere, Matthew as [Simon Chadwick] <46>
  8. Denison, Michael (I) as [Harry Harrington] <3>
  9. Fellowes, Julian as [Desmond Arding] <1>
  10. Firth, Julian as [Father John Fisher] <44>
  11. Firth, Peter (I) as [Dr. Craig] <42>
  12. Flemyng, Robert as [Claude Bird] <11>
  13. Frain, James (I) as [Peter Whistler] <12>
  14. Goode, Daniel (I) as [Lieven] <14>
  15. Handy, Scott as [Standish] <15>
  16. Hardwicke, Edward as [Warnie Lewis] <10>
  17. Hawkins, Andrew (I) as [Rupert Parrish] <7>
  18. Hopkins, Anthony (I) as [Jack Lewis] <9>
  19. Howell, Peter (I) as [College President] <8>
  20. Lewis, Howard Lew as (as Howard 'Lew' Lewis) [Tea Room Waiter] <22>
  21. Maude-Roxby, Roddy as [Arnold Dopliss] <2>
  22. Mazzello, Joseph as [Douglas Gresham] <24>
  23. McMullan, Tim as [Nick Farrell] <5>
  24. Morrison, Roger (I) as (uncredited) [Child in Church]
  25. Oldershaw, Giles as [Marcus] <17>
  26. Payne, Trevor (II) as (uncredited) [Student]
  27. Quentin, John (I) as [Station Acquaintance] <25>
  28. Rowley, Terry as [Registrar] <40>
  29. Seear, Andrew as [Bob Chafer] <4>
  30. Sim, Gerald as [Superintendant Registrar] <39>
  31. Simon, Charles (II) as [Barker] <16>
  32. Sparrow, Walter (I) as [Fred Paxford] <38>
  33. Talbot, Alan (I) as [College Porter] <26>
  34. Watt, James (I) as [Boy in Bookshop] <33>
  35. Whithouse, Toby as [Frith] <13>
  36. Wood, John (I) as [Christopher Riley] <6>
  37. Barter, Sylvia as [Woman in Bookshop] <32>
  38. Burton-Gill, Christina as [Parrish Children] <31>
  39. Burton-Gill, Kendall as [Parrish Children] <30>
  40. Burton-Gill, Leigh as [Mrs. Parrish] <27>
  41. Gonzalez, Ysobel as [Lecture Committee] <36>
  42. Hopkins, Abigail as (as Abigail Harrison) [Staff Nurse] <43>
  43. Keen, Pat as [Mrs. Young] <20>
  44. Lewis, Karen (I) as [Hotel Receptionist] <45>
  45. Melville, Pauline as [Committee Chairwoman] <34>
  46. Passmore, Carol as [Woman in Tea Room] <21>
  47. Scott, Ninka as [Lecture Committee] <37>
  48. Stanton, Sophie as [Lecture Committee] <35>
  49. Winger, Debra as [Joy Gresham] <23>


  1. Biography
  2. Drama
  3. Romance

Full Plot

CS Lewis is the author of the Narnia books - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Known as Jack, he teaches at an Oxford College, during the 1930's. An American fan, Joy Gresham, arrives to meet him for tea in Oxford. It is the beginning of a love affair. Tragically Joy becomes terminally unwell and their lives become complicated. Matthew Stanfield In 1952 American poet Joy Gresham travels to England with her young son Douglas to meet with Oxford University professor C.S. Lewis, author of the Narnia books. They hit it off quite well and become good friends even though they are a contrast of opposites: Jack quiet and studious and Joy being talkative and never hesitating to speak her mind. After Joy gets a divorce from her husband and returns to England Lewis, known to his friends as Jack, even agrees to marry her to allow her to stay in England. Jack is a religious man and doesn't consider their civil ceremony to a true marriage. After Joy falls seriously ill however, he begins to realize just how much he does love her and in 1956, they are married before God. Joy's illness is serious however and while they get to spend a few years together, that time is all too short. garykmcd Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 88,308 (Sweden) BT: USD 22,000,000 CP: Copyright 1993 Shadowlands Productions Limited All Rights Reserved (on print) GR: USD 25,842,000 (USA) GR: GBP 3,033,231 (UK) (17 April 1994) GR: SEK 5,160,814 (Sweden) SD: 23 April 1993 - ?

Movie Certificate

L (Iceland)
G (Ireland)
12 (South Korea)
G (Philippines)
M/12 (Portugal)
14 (Peru)
13 (Argentina)
14 (Chile)
K-8 (Finland)
T (Spain)
7 (Sweden)
U (UK)
PG (USA)(#32508)
PG (Singapore)
PG (Australia)
12 (Germany)

Music Composers

  1. Fenton, George


  1. Pratt, Roger (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Rose, Penny (I)


AMLF [fr] - (1994) (France) (theatrical)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (1994) (Argentina) (VHS)
Home Box Office Home Video (HBO) [us] - (1998) (Canada) (DVD) (as HBO Home Video)
Home Box Office Home Video (HBO) [us] - (1998) (USA) (DVD) (as HBO Home Video)
Nea Kinisi Video - (1995) (Greece) (VHS)
Paramount Home Entertainment [gb] - (2005) (UK) (DVD)
Sandrew Film & Teater [se] - (1994) (Sweden) (theatrical)
Savoy Pictures [us] - (1993) (USA) (theatrical)
Spelling Films International
Warner Bros. [ar] - (1994) (Argentina) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [es] - (Spain)

Film Editors

  1. Walker, Lesley


  1. Arnell, Gordon (unit publicist)
  2. Boardman, David (I) (location assistant)
  3. Clapp, Nikki (script supervisor)
  4. Clare-Hunt, Gabriel (production assistant: Richard Attenborough)
  5. Conner, Lindsay (legal services: Hill Wynne Troop & Meisinger)
  6. Daubeny, Nick (location manager) (as Nicholas Daubeny)
  7. Dunmore, Richard (location manager)
  8. Ensby, John (laboratory liaison)
  9. Flinder, Barbra (title designer)
  10. Goodman, Kathy (I) (legal services: Katten Muchin Zaris & Weitzman)
  11. Gregory, Jo (I) (financial controller)
  12. Grodin, Alan (I) (legal services: Cooper Epstein & Hurewitz)
  13. Gunning, Nicki (production assistant: Brian Eastman)
  14. Kirkpatrick, Leila (production coordinator)
  15. Medhurst, Jamice (unit nurse)
  16. Moore, Zoe (I) (floor runner) (as Zoë Moore)
  17. Schreiber, Jim (legal services: Leonard Dicker & Schreiber)
  18. Smith, Barry (VI) (legal services: Richards Butler)
  19. Somner, Mark (assistant location manager)
  20. Steele, Alan (I) (computer operator)
  21. Walker, Alexander (II) (location assistant: Oxford)
  22. Wasdell, Judy (publicity assistant)
  23. Waterfield, Greg (production runner)
  24. Weston, Ben (I) (location assistant: Oxford)
  25. Williams, Betty (I) (assistant accountant)
  26. Wilsher, Heide (production assistant: Brian Eastman)


Jack: Why love, if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore: only the life I have lived. Twice in that life I've been given the choice: as a boy and as a man. The boy chose safety, the man chooses suffering. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That's the deal. Joy: Jack, don't you sometimes just bust to share the joke? Here's your friends thinking we're unmarried and up to all sorts of wickedness, when all along we're married and up to nothing at all. Joy: Back where I come from, there's this quaint old custom. When a guy makes up his mind to marry a girl, he asks her. It's called proposing. Did I miss it? Harry: Christopher can scoff, Jack, but I know how hard you've been praying; and now God is answering your prayers. C. S. Lewis: That's not why I pray, Harry. I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God, it changes me. Joy Gresham: We can't have the happiness of yesterday without the pain of today. That's the deal. C. S. Lewis: Pain is God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C.S. Lewis: He comes; he sleeps; he goes. So the plot thickens. Joy Gresham: Are you TRYING to be offensive, or merely stupid? [mourning Joy's passing] Douglas Gresham: [sobbing] I sure would like to see her again. C. S. Lewis: [also sobbing] Me too. Jack: Will you marry this foolish, frightened old man... who needs you more than he can bear to say... who loves you, even though he hardly knows how? Jack: I love you, Joy. I love you so much. You made me so happy. I didn't know I could be so happy. C.S. Lewis: Have you got any cranberry sauce, Mrs. Young? Mrs. Young: Cranberry sauce, what's that? C.S. Lewis: Well, it's a sauce made from... cranberries. Mrs. Young: Well, you find me some cranberries, Mr. Lewis, and I'll sauce them. Harry: But she's not... C. S. Lewis: Not my wife. No, how could she be? I'd have to love her, wouldn't I? She'd have to be more important to me than anything in the World. I'd have to be suffering the torments of the damned. The thought of losing her... Harry: I'm so sorry, Jack. I didn't know. C. S. Lewis: Neither did I, Harry. Douglas Gresham: [Reading Jack's inscription from his Narnia book] The magic never ends. Joy: Well, if it does, sue him. Joy: The pain then is part of the happiness now. That's the deal.

Other Titles

  1. Shadowlands - Ein Geschenk des Augenblicks (1994) (ENG)

  2. Viaggio in Inghilterra (1993) (ENG)

  3. Viaggio in Inghilterra (1993) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Christ Church Meadow, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  2. Duke Humfrey's Library, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  3. Herefordshire, England, UK
  4. Loughborough Great Central Station, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, UK - (Oxford station)
  5. Magdalen College, High Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  6. Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  7. Pengethley Manor Hotel, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England, UK - (Lewis and Gresham stay here on their way to Golden Valley)
  8. Radcliffe Camera, Radcliffe Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  9. Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  10. Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK - (studio)
  11. Symonds Yat Rock, Wye Valley, Herefordshire, England, UK - (Golden Valley)


- The "Bird and Baby" was the nickname 'C.S. Lewis' (qv) and his friends used for "The Eagle and Child" pub, where they met regularly.

- 'Nigel Hawthorne' (qv), who played the role on stage, was replaced in this film version by 'Anthony Hopkins (I)' (qv) because Hawthorne was still almost unknown internationally.

- 'Robert Flemyng' (qv)'s last film role

- The last film of 'Michael Denison (I)' (qv).

- The last feature film of 'Norman Bird' (qv).

- The last feature film of 'Gerald Sim' (qv).

- 'Michael Denison (I)' (qv) replaced 'Peter Barkworth' (qv).

- 'Richard Attenborough' (qv) replaced 'Sydney Pollack' (qv) as director. When he came on board, he had Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger in mind to play the lead roles.

- 'Barbra Streisand' (qv) was asked to direct and star, but declined so she could pursue The Normal Heart (which never got made).

- 'Graham Sinclair' (qv) (uncredited) is the voice of the taxi driver in the country.

- In one of the scenes in which Douglas Gresham is reading in bed, you can see he is reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien was a good friend and colleague of C.S. Lewis.

- Douglas Gresham became the heir to 'C.S. Lewis' (qv)'s