The Secret Garden (1993) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
7.1/ 10 (17787 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
American Zoetrope [us]
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (presents) (as Warner Bros.)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Canada) - 13 August 1993
(USA) - 13 August 1993
(UK) - 20 January 1994
(Argentina) - 27 January 1994
(Poland) - 28 January 1994

Running Time

The timeless tale of a special place where magic, hope, and love grow.

18th-century, 19th-century, bare-breasts, based-on-novel, bathtub, bell, bluebells, bonfire, boy, camera, carriage, child's-point-of-view, child-as-main-character, childhood, comfort, cousin-cousin-relationship, cruelty, crying, death-of-father, death-of-mother, discovery, dog, dream, dream-sequence, earthquake,

Technical Support
CAM:Panavision Cameras and Lenses
LAB:Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
OFM:35 mm - (Eastman EXR 200T 5293)
PFM:35 mm - (Agfa)
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Baker, Frank (III) as [Government Official] <9>
  2. Bruce, Colin (I) as [Major Lennox] <14>
  3. Greenop, Corrie as (uncredited) [Dickon's Brother]
  4. Knott, Andrew as [Dickon] <3>
  5. Lynch, John (I) as [Lord Archibald Craven] <6>
  6. Moreton, Peter as [Will] <12>
  7. Prowse, Heydon as [Colin Craven] <2>
  8. Singh, Parsan as [Ayah] <15>
  9. Sparrow, Walter (I) as [Ben Weatherstaff] <7>
  10. Spreckley, Arthur as [John] <13>
  11. Stoll, David (I) as [Grandfather at Dock] <17>
  12. Allen, Tabatha as [Girl at Dock] <18>
  13. Crossley, Laura as [Martha] <5>
  14. Hill, Valerie as [Cook] <10>
  15. Jacob, Irène as (as Irene Jacob) [Mary's Mother/Lilias Craven] <8>
  16. Maberly, Kate as [Mary Lennox] <1>
  17. Page, Eileen as [Grandmother at Dock] <16>
  18. Pickering, Andrea as [Betty Butterworth] <11>
  19. Smith, Maggie (I) as [Mrs. Medlock] <4>


  1. Drama
  2. Family
  3. Fantasy

Full Plot

A young British girl born and raised in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, she begins exploring the estate and discovers a garden that has been locked and neglected. Aided by one of the servants' boys, she begins restoring the garden, and eventually discovers some other secrets of the manor. Ed Sutton Young Mary Lennox is orphaned by an earthquake in India and sent to England to live with her uncle in a cold ancestral manor in Yorkshire. Mary briefly meets him, still mourning for the wife who died ten years ago, but she is mostly left on her own. A resourceful and inquisitive girl, she soon makes two exciting discoveries. First she finds an overgrown secret garden, the favourite of her aunt and locked up since her death. Second, that she has a cousin, Colin, a sickly lad who has been told he must remain in bed out of the daylight at all times. Once Mary and another new friend, local lad Dickon, have brought the garden back to life they decide Colin must see it, a decision that will change several lives. Jeremy Perkins {J-26} After losing her self-indulging parents in an earthquake, a bitter young girl named Mary Lennox is sent to live in England with her reclusive Uncle. Eventually she discovers her bedridden cousin and a 'secret garden' that once belonged to her deceased aunt. With the help of her cousin, the kindly Dikon, and a little 'magic', can Mary find a way to bring love back to her family? Anonymous Plot not found

Total Business

CP: All original music compositions 1993 Warner Bros. GR: USD 31,181,347 (USA) GR: GBP 2,620,293 (UK) (14 November 1993)

Movie Certificate

PG (Canada)(Ontario)
MG6 (Netherlands)
U (France)
L (Iceland)
All (South Korea)
M/12 (Portugal)(Qualidade)
G (Canada)(Manitoba/New Brunswick/Nova Scotia)
Atp (Argentina)
G (Australia)
TE (Chile)
S (Finland)
o.Al. (Germany)
PT (Peru)
T (Spain)
7 (Sweden)
U (UK)

Music Composers

  1. Preisner, Zbigniew


  1. Deakins, Roger

Dress Designers

  1. Allen, Marit


Argentina Video Home [ar] - (Argentina) (DVD)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (Argentina) (VHS)
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (1993) (worldwide) (theatrical) (as Warner Bros. A Time Warner Entertainment Company)
Warner Bros. [ar] - (Argentina)
Warner Bros. [es] - (Spain)
Warner Bros. [fr] - (1994) (France) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [ca] - (2006) (Canada) (DVD) (2 film edition)
Warner Home Video [us] - (2000) (USA) (DVD)
Warner Home Video [us] - (2006) (USA) (DVD) (2 film edition)
Warner Home Vídeo [br] - (199?) (Brazil) (VHS)
Warner Home Vídeo [br] - (Brazil) (DVD)

Film Editors

  1. Lorente, Isabelle


  1. Adamik, Kasia (assistant: Agnieszka Holland) (as Katarzyna Adamik)
  2. Africano, Brad (production aide)
  3. Aubry, Kim (technical supervisor)
  4. Bowen, Linda (I) (assistant accountant)
  5. Bullock, Torbin Xan (MRO/transfer department) (uncredited)
  6. Bunn, Judi (production coordinator)
  7. Churcher, Mel (acting coach)
  8. d'Arcy, Susan (unit publicist)
  9. Daly, Bill (III) (post-production accountant) (uncredited)
  10. Daubeny, Nick (location manager)
  11. De La Noy, Kevin (location manager)
  12. Edwards, Richard (I) (tutor)
  13. Ellis, James (II) (script supervisor)
  14. Gollan, Deborah E. (production aide)
  15. Gore, Gerry (location assistant: Yorkshire)
  16. Heren, Louise (assistant: Fred Roos)
  17. Iacona, Nicholas (production aide)
  18. Kaminska, Anna (production aide)
  19. MacDonald Brown, Andrew (location assistant: London) (as Andrew MacDonald-Brown)
  20. Mannigham, Nancy (dialogue coach)
  21. Mendonca, Jason (production runner)
  22. Montgomery, Jim (II) (production aide)
  23. Nixon, Gary (I) (assistant accountant) (uncredited)
  24. O'Toole, Matthew (I) (production runner) (as Matt O'Toole)
  25. Pacholec, Marek (assistant: Agnieszka Holland)
  26. Rothman, Helena (production runner)
  27. Saxon, Nina (title designer: main title)
  28. Smith, Mike (X) (financial controller)
  29. Smith, Nick (II) (montage sequence)
  30. Stiehm, Meredith (assistant: Freed Roos)
  31. Weisman, Steven (assistant: Fred Fuchs)


Dickon: The animals tell me all their secrets. Mary: [pointing to the Robin] He wouldn't tell you my secret, would he? Dickon: About what, Miss Mary? Mary: A garden. I've stolen a garden. But it may already be dead, I don't know. Dickon: I'll know. Mary: Promise you won't tell anyone? Dickon: Promise. Mary: No one? Dickon: Not a soul. Mrs. Medlock: Here's your breakfast. Mary: But I'm still in my nightgown. Mrs. Medlock: You can dress after you've eaten. Your clothes are on the chair. Mary: Who's going to dress me? Mrs. Medlock: Can't you dress yourself? Mary: Of course not. My ayah dressed me. Mrs. Medlock: What did they do with you in India? Carry you around in a basket? Mary: How dare you speak to me with such disrespect! Mary: Are you my servant? Martha: I'm Mrs. Medlock's servant, and she's Lord Craven's, but I will be doing some upstairs housekeeping and waiting on you a bit. Mary: Waiting on me makes you my servant, then. Martha: Now, what would you like to wear? Black, black, or black? Mary: Are you blind? They're all black. And I will not be laughed at, servant. Martha: What do they wear in India? When I heard you'd be coming from there, I thought you'd be a native. Mary: [furious] A what? You thought I'd be a what? Martha: There's no need to do that. I've nothing against natives. Ben Weatherstaff: [pointing to a robin] Look at him. Cheeky little blighter. I can't think why, but he's decided to make friends with you. Mary: With me? I never had any friends before. Ben Weatherstaff: That I believe. Martha: I've got a present for you. Me mother sent it over. [She hands Mary a skipping rope] Mary: What's it for? Martha: You've got tigers and elephants in India, but have you not got skipping ropes? Mary: [pointing to a swing] Look, there's a picture of my mother and my aunt sitting here. Dickon: They say that's how she died. Mary: My aunt? How? Dickon: Falling off it. Colin: I'm master of this house while my father is away. Mary: Your father? He's my uncle. Nobody told me he had a son. Colin: Come here. What's your name? Mary: Mary Lennox. Colin: I'm Colin Craven. Mary: Our mothers were sisters. Twins. Colin: Twins? Nobody told me she had a twin. Fluff the pillows for me, Cousin Mary. Mary: What? Colin: The covers on this bed are all twisted. Mary: Well, I don't know what to do about it. I'll call Mrs. Medlock. Colin: No! She'll be mad if she finds you in here. Colin: See, that's a picture of my mother. Mary: Why do you keep it covered up? Colin: My father doesn't like to see it. I don't look like her at all. But you, you look like her. She smiles too much. Mary: Smiles too much? How can a person smile too much? Colin: Sometimes I hate her. She died when I was born. Mary: But I thought she died falling off the swing in her garden. Colin: Her garden? What garden? Mary: Oh, just a garden. Dickon: Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Dickon, Mary: With silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row. Mary: On the boat coming here, the other children used to sing that at me, but I wasn't as contrary as they were. Colin: Hair is dead. Mary: If it's dead, why does it keep growing all the time, even after you're dead? Well, maybe not your hair. You'll probably be bald. Colin: Don't be daft. I'll die before I'm ever old enough to go bald. Mary: I hate the way you talk about dying. Colin: Everyone thinks I'm going to die. Mary: If everyone thought that about me, I still wouldn't do it. Mary: What do you know about dying? Colin: My mother died! Mary: Both my parents died! Colin: What do you say in India when you want people to go? Mary: You say, I have spoken, all depart. Ben Weatherstaff: But aren't your legs all crooked? Colin: Who says my legs are crooked? Mary: Nobody says that. Colin: Are you making this magic? Mary: No, you are. Colin: Just like in the story. [indicates his chest] It's like the whole universe is in here. Mary: I'm certain it is. Colin: That means I could marry you. Mary: What? But we're cousins! Colin: I don't care. I want us always to be together. Mary: We are together. Mary: I hate the way you talk about dying. Colin: Everyone thinks I'll die. Mary: If everyone thought that about me, I wouldn't do it. Mary: Can I have a bit of earth? Lord Craven: A bit of earth? Mary: To plant seeds in. To make things grow. Mary: It's a secret garden. Dickon: Secrets are safe with me. [last lines] Mary: The spell was broken. My uncle learned to laugh, and I learned to cry. The secret garden is always open now. Open, and awake, and alive. If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. Colin: I'm going to die. Mary: From what? Colin: [Shrugs] Everything. I've spent my whole life in this bed. Mary: Oh, stop it! I hate you! Everybody hates you! You're so selfish. You the most selfish boy there ever was! Colin: I'm not as selfish as you are! Just because I'm always ill! Mary: No on ill could scream like that! Colin: I'm going to die! Mary: What would you know about dying? Colin: My mother died! Mary: Both my parents died! Mary: Please don't send me away, I won't do any harm. Lord Craven: Harm? What harm can a child do? Mrs. Medlock: God! Look at your legs, they are swollen and red! Colin: I'm not sour! Mary: [after seeing Colin and Mr. Craven hugging] Nobody wants me! Mary: You don't know anything about anything; none of you - nothing! Mary: You, you... YOU DAUGHTER OF A PIG! Mrs. Medlock: [greeting Lord Craven] You're home, sir. We weren't expecting you. Lord Craven: Here I am. Where is my son? Mrs. Medlock: He's in his room, of course, Your Lordship. [Martha begins following them to Colin's room] Would you get back to the kitchen, you impudent girl! [Martha walks away] Lord Craven: [they go to Colin's room, he is not there] Where is MY SON? Mrs. Medlock: He's here, my Lord. He must be here. [she begins searching the room] Lord Craven: [he see's an undraped picture of Lily] What's happened? Mrs. Medlock: [referring to Mary] It's that child, my Lord. She's created absolute havoc here. I've tried to control her. She must be sent away, my Lord. She'll kill Master Colin... for sure. Lord Craven: Take me to her room. Mrs. Medlock: [as they head for Mary's room] She has no regard for his fragile state of health. She does what she pleases. [she takes out a key to unlock the door] Lord Craven: You lock her in? Mrs. Medlock: I've had to, my Lord. That's how wild she is. [they enter the room] Mary? Your Uncle's here. [they see Mary's bed is empty, she is missing to] Martha: [standing at the door] I beg your pardon, my Lord. [he gestures for her to continue] Perhaps they're in the garden. Lord Craven: The garden? Mrs. Medlock: [nervous chuckle] How can they be? It's quite impossible. [Craven storms out of the room, Mrs.Medlock follows him] I've done my best, sir. I really have. But with that child defying me... Lord Craven: SILENCE, MEDLOCK! She's just a child. I left YOU in charge. Mrs. Medlock: [on the verge of tears] I'll resign, sir. I'll leave today. [Craven walks off to find the children] [she breaks down on the staircase, Martha tries to console her] DON'T! [she calms down, Martha hugs her] [sobbing] Martha... Martha. Lord Craven: You brought us back to life, Mary. You did something I thought no one could do. Mary: You are strange. Martha: Hey, I know that! [first lines] Mary: My name is Mary Lennox. I was born in India. It was hot, and strange, and lonely in India. I didn't like it. Nobody by my servant, my ayah, looked after me. My parents didn't want me. My mother cared only to go to parties. And my father was busy with his military duties. I was never allowed to go to the parties. I watched them from my mother's bedroom window. I was angry, but I never cried. I didn't know how to cry. Mary: [voiceover, while exploring her aunt's room] It looked just like my mother's room. This must have been my aunt's. The dressing tables looked the same. They even had twin ivory elephants. Mary: [voiceover, as her uncle leaves for the spring] That was the night the rain stopped, the night spring came to Misselthwaite. My poor uncle fled from it, as if he were escaping the spring. Martha: I don't know when exactly your uncle will call for you. Mary: My uncle? Mrs. Medlock said he wouldn't want to see me. Martha: Ah... but he does.

Other Titles

  1. Der geheime Garten (1994) (ENG)

  2. Il giardino segreto (1993) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Allerton Park, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England, UK
  2. Eton College, Eton, Berkshire, England, UK
  3. Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal, Ripon, North Yorkshire, England, UK - (The Secret Garden)
  4. Harrow School, Harrow, Middlesex, England, UK
  5. Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, Bedfordshire, England, UK
  6. St. Pancras Chambers, St. Pancras Station, St. Pancras, London, England, UK - (Staircase inside Mistlethwaite Manor)


- The costume design is so detailed that the initials "M.L." (Mary Lennox) can be seen embroidered on Mary's stockings for the split second they appear on-screen, while Mary's Ayah is dressing her (at 01:45), at the top of her thigh length white stockings.

- The corridor leading to Colin's room and the interior of the room are decorated with tapestries depicting Edward VI, a sickly boy king who died young at the age of 16.

- 'John Lynch (I)' (qv) was cast at the eleventh hour after the actor who was originally cast as Lord Craven pulled out.

- The tapestries in Mary's room comprise a cycle known as "The Hunt for the Unicorn". In this cycle, the unicorn is lured from the wild and into a new life by a young virgin, foreshadowing Mary's role in the story.

- 'Elijah Wood' (qv) was turned down for the role of Colin.

- Portions of several structures were used to depict Misselthwaite Manor. The exterior is primarily 16th-century Fountains Hall in Yorkshire and some of Allerton House in Yorkshire. The kitchen set was built in a classroom at Eton College. Lord Craven's study is at Harrow School. The main staircase was in St. Pancras Chambers, adjoining the busy St. Pancras