I shall manage everything with my own head and hands, Bathsheba Everdene tells the local men about the estate she inherits. Everything? No. Regarding romance, she can only follow her wayward heart. As Bathsheba, Julie Christie reteams with director JohnSchlesinger and screenwriter Frederic Raphael of her starmaking Darling in a sumptuous adaptation of Thomas Hardys classic. Roguish soldier Terence Stamp, rich landowner Peter Finch (the National Board of Reviews choice as Best Actor, as was the film itself as Best Picture) and rough-hewn shepherd Alan Bates memorably play her suitors. And a visual rhapsody of crowd scenes and historic settings provide a backdrop for this epic tale lensed on location in Hardy country.
Julie Christie stars as a beautiful and fiercely independent Englishwoman of the 19th century in this lush and moving adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic romantic novel. When proud, headstrong and unmarried Bathsheba Everdene (Christie) inherits a farm, she becomes a woman of independent means. Although three men court her, Bathsheba refuses to settle for less than a perfect suitor... which she will never find. But after she does agree to marry, Bathsheba realizes the mistakes she has made-and the damage her actions have caused. Nicholas Roeg (The Witches) serves as cinematographer for director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy).