Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

DVD - 2015
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Set in Cornwall in 1820, du Maurier's classic gothic tale of romance, intrigue, and murder on the moors comes to vivid life in this enchanting production that aired on the BBC in 2014.
Publisher: [United States] : Acorn Media [2015]
ISBN: 9781621723349
Branch Call Number: JAM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 184 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Sep 13, 2019

I loved the novel Rebecca, and was tempted to go for tv version of Jamaica Inn because I loved Sean Harris in The Borgias. Equally astonishing performance in this, and many unexpected plot twists... To the point where I was actually laughing and going ohgawd, what next? It was worth watching, I take a star off because I was so distracted by a cute horse begging for food (improvising on the script there) , and then they swapped actors and had a different animal in the role, are we really not supposed to notice the substitution?

Sep 24, 2018

This is a TV miniseries based on a Daphne du Maurier novel, adapted by Emma Frost, brought to life by the superb direction of Philippa Lowthorpe. Great cast (Joanne Whaley, Matthew McNulty, Sean Harris, Ben Daniels, Shirley Henderson) lead by Jessica Brown Findlay (a favourite of mine), none of whom missed a beat in fleshing out their characters. Wonderful themes of finding yourself, your own strength, and making complex choices. There is also an interesting study of the complexities of being both an abuser and a victim. This is not your historic pastoral piece but has dark themes and moods. The cinematography is breathtaking capturing the landscape that is another character in this film. The costuming is gritty and dingy so befitting the mood of the piece. I thoroughly enjoyed this series , although I feel the last episode was the weakest, yet I still give it an 8 (great) out of 10. [Period Drama]

Mar 05, 2018

The year is 1820, and independent women who think and act on their own are rare. While the heroine of this very dark Gothic romance is indeed strong and independent, with touches of vulnerability, the pervading violence she manages to survive offsets much of the character development in this tale set in the windswept, poverty-stricken Cornish moors. Mary Yellan arrives at her aunt’s rotting inn that serves as a gathering spot for the local “wreckers”: men who deliberately lure in ships to founder on the rocks and pillage both cargo and crew. The survivors are graphically clubbed to death if they manage to swim to shore. Yes, her ringleader uncle Joss is portrayed as a survivor of childhood abuse himself and haunted by the many people he's murdered, but that doesn’t make up for him being a neighborhood sociopath, probable "wet brain" sufferer due to alcoholism, and wife/niece beater (Aunt Patience nails the role of an abused, foolishly loyal wife). Jem, Joss’s younger, witty, generous brother, attracts Mary’s interest—but is this brazen horse thief a real gentleman underneath the rough manners and violent family culture? There is an icy twist as trust is betrayed and an ending that Mary, just 20 and inexperienced with discerning lust vs. love, may or may not regret.

Sep 23, 2017

For fans of DuMaurier's novel, this adaptation is not bad. It's definitely superior to the awful "classic" 1939 film version, which bears little resemblance to the novel. But the production more faithful to the book is the 1980s miniseries with Jane Seymour, Trevor Eve, Patrick McGoohan (as Joss), John McEnery and Billie Whitelaw. Unfortunately, libraries don't seem to have it, but I just watched it on Youtube.

Apr 04, 2017

I have not read the book - comments say it is better. This is a British adaptation - good - not outstanding. I know Hitchcock made a film of the same book. I think I need to borrow that one so I can compare.

May 23, 2016

A dreadful, unbelievable story full of endless, forced drama trying to pretend it's so much greater than it really is. (Why not just kill the two people who are "making" them all murder so many innocent others - instead of living such terrified, drunken, brutal, wife beating, remorse-filled, "haunted" lives - and be done with it?? Really.)

And the ending is even more stupid.

A stream of unlikable, unredemptive, unbelievably idiotic (and stereotyped) characters, including the heroine who turns down a decent life and a decent man (not once, but twice!) for an "alternate" life with a petty criminal that only a fool would take (good luck when the kiddies start coming...).

The only thing I "enjoyed" watching was the landscape...and the heroine's dresses being repeatedly soaked through with mud from foot to waist after tramping around the soggy moors - and then being pristinely spotless the next time she's seen wearing them.

Don't bother with this one, it's just annoying.

EuSei Jan 31, 2016

Just compare the gorgeous 19 year-old Maureen O'Hara from Hitchcock's 1939 movie, with the rough-voiced, constantly brooding Jessica Brown Findlay... Not fair, is it?!

Froster Aug 04, 2015

The first two hours of this melodrama are worth the watch. Steeped in dark atmosphere, appealing performers and romantic, historically accurate gloom. Then we get to the third episode, and it all falls apart. The climax beggars belief, and the denouement is a vast cliché. On the way, however, there are some intriguing hints of the author’s own, hidden explorations of gender roles, and repressed sexuality. All, one presumes, the flaws and virtues of the book. It is also evident that we have Daphne DuMaurier to thank for every bad contemporary “gothic” romance. (Thanks, LOADS).

xaipe Jul 21, 2015

This remake of DuMaurier's Jamaica Inn is a Cornish Deadwood. It has the same gloom, filth, cruelty, and sinister atmosphere without the cowboys or Annie Oakley. Young Mary Yellan abandons a miserable life of hand ploughing after her mother's death to strike out for a pub run by her aunt and uncle and a different miserable life. The pub is always either almost empty, or filled with mud-spattered, ominous drinkers. It's on a coach line, but no one wants to stop there, and the other coach passengers are horrified that Mary is willing to get off the coach much less plans to stay there. Mary's aunt is a classic battered wife and her uncle is a menacing lout. The lout's brother Jem is the love interest, probably because he is just about the only character who is not bellowing at someone or drinking himself senseless. He and Mary have a striking screen chemistry which really saved the movie from complete disaster. The lighting, or lack of it, is so low that it's hard to make out exactly what is happening. The dialogue is so muffled that I had to resort to subtitles to understand what's going on or maybe the problem was the characters' persistent and incoherent mumbling. The plot bogged down halfway both literally and figuratively as characters struggled to keep from sinking into the marshy quicksand of the moors. Mary drags her mud soaked dress through the bogs, and keeps soldiering on. There is also a suspicious minister with a tightly-laced mind who delivers biblical quotes, and his sly, strange little sister beautifully played by Shirley Henderson. Smugglers abound, also wrecked ships, Cornish accents, but, thankfully, no peg-legs or parrots. It's interesting that this movie is classified as Horror. I don't know if that's the library's choice or not, but it isn't a horror film as such except for the production values.

brontelit87 Jun 17, 2015

I absolutely love the book by Daphne du Maurier. I read it when I was 15 thirteen years ago and the story just sucked me in. I was very excited to see that it was being adapted by the BBC. Overall, I enjoyed this production. The scenery, costumes, etc. are great and realistic (it was filmed in Cornwall, the setting of the story). The cast was great. I thought that Jessica Brown Findlay did a good job as Mary. There were some things that were added that I didn't necessarily like. However, give this a chance. It's pretty well done.

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Mar 05, 2018

Violence: Shipwreck survivors are graphically portrayed on screen being clubbed and drowned as they plead for their lives.

Mar 05, 2018

Other: Misogyny: beatings, forced attempt to make Mary kill someone, threats of rape, harassment, economic and physical control, etc.

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Mar 05, 2018

kpelish thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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