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The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003)

TV Movie | 196 min | Drama

At a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day, realizing his loss, he swears not to touch liquor...See moreAt a country fair, young hay-trusser Michael Henchard quarrels with his wife Susan, and in a drunken fit decides to auction off his wife and baby to a sailor for five guineas. The next day, realizing his loss, he swears not to touch liquor again for as many years as he has lived so far. Eighteen years later, Henchard has become Mayor of Casterbridge, a man well respected but not well liked. The unexpected return of his wife and daughter Elizabeth Jane sets off a turn of events that force him to face the consequences of his selfish impulses and violent temper. Written by Raya Jacob See less
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Thomas Hardy (novel) | Ted Whitehead (screenplay)
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Updated Aug 17, 2003

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Aug 17, 2003 (United States)

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31 cast members
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Ciarán Hinds
Michael Henchard (as Ciaran Hinds) Michael Henchard (as Ciaran Hinds)   See fewer
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Juliet Aubrey
Susan Henchard Susan Henchard   See fewer
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Jodhi May
Elizabeth Jane Elizabeth Jane   See fewer
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James Purefoy
Donald Farfrae Donald Farfrae   See fewer
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Polly Walker
Lucetta Templeman Lucetta Templeman   See fewer
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Darren Hawkes
Auctioneer Auctioneer   See fewer
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Jean Marsh
Furmity Woman Furmity Woman   See fewer
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Michael Beint
Coachman Coachman   See fewer
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Clive Russell
Newson Newson   See fewer
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John Surman
Tent Auctioneer Tent Auctioneer   See fewer
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Susan Jane Tanner
Staylaces Dealer Staylaces Dealer   See fewer
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Tony Haygarth
Solomon Longways Solomon Longways   See fewer
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David Bradley
Councillor Vatt Councillor Vatt   See fewer
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Richard Moore
Councillor Chalkfield Councillor Chalkfield   See fewer
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Elliot Head
Waiter Waiter   See fewer
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Annette Badland
Mrs. Stannidge Mrs. Stannidge   See fewer
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Trevor Peacock
Christopher Coney Christopher Coney   See fewer
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Judy Cornwell
Mother Cuxsom Mother Cuxsom   See fewer
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Sophie Stanton
Nance Mockridge Nance Mockridge   See fewer
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Henry Goodman
Joshua Jopp Joshua Jopp   See fewer
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Ben Crompton
Abel Whittle Abel Whittle   See fewer
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James Walker
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Victoria Byrne
Lucetta's maid Lucetta's maid   See fewer
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David Calder
Grower Grower   See fewer
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Alan Williams
Stubberd Stubberd   See fewer
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Michael Cronin
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Tim Treslove
Wagon Driver Wagon Driver   See fewer
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Stephanie Jacob
Woman in Wagon Woman in Wagon   See fewer
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Dominick Swift
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7.8 / 10 | 1,179 votes