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Wuthering Heights (1970)




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This romantic drama concerns two star-crossed lovers who are half-brother and sister to each other. Catherine (Anna Calder-Marshall) is the daughter of the lord of the manor who falls for the brooding stable boy Heathcliff (Timothy Dalton). When Heathcliff leaves to seek his fortune, he returns to find Catherine has married the local magistrate Edgar (Ian Ogilvy). The story is told by the beautiful blonde servant girl Nellie (Judy Cornwell), who narrates at the beginning to set the stage for the picture. Hindley (Julian Glover) is Catherine's older brother who tries to take over the house and land after the death of their father (Harry Andrews). When his own wife and child dies, a drunken Hindley gambles away the family holdings to the opportunistic Heathcliffe. Filmed in England, the scenery is spectacular but this version lacks the foreboding, shadowy drama of the 1939 original starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier.

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Anna Calder-Marshall
as Cathy Earnshaw
Timothy Dalton
as Heathcliff
Ian Ogilvy
as Edgar Linton
Hilary Heath
as Isabella Linton
Harry Andrews
as Mr. Earnshaw
Pamela Brown
as Mrs. Linton
James Cossins
as Mr. Linton
Rosalie Crutchley
as Mrs. Earnshaw
Julian Glover
as Hindley Earnshaw
Hugh Griffith
as Dr. Kenneth
Morag Hood
as Frances
Peter Sallis
as Mr. Shielders
Keith Buckley
as Hareton Earnshaw
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Critic Reviews for Wuthering Heights

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Because Miss Brontë's Wuthering Heights defies easy or consistent interpretation... the director, and Patrick Tilley, who did the adaptation, have felt free to make bluntly clear relationships that in the novel remain forever ambiguous.

May 9, 2005

Wuthering Heights is a competent, tasteful, frequently even lovely re-adaption of Emily Bronte's Gothic, mystical love story. But the brooding tension, the electric passion of two lovers compelled to an inevitable tragedy is not generated.

February 13, 2001 | Full Review…

A superb version of this classic love story.

January 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Less melodramatic and earthier than the classic 1939 version with Olivier, Robert Fuest's take still heaves with passion thanks to Dalton's fiery chemistry with Anna Calder-Marshall's Cathy.

November 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Obviously aiming for a little cultural respectability, producers Samuel Z Arkoff and James H Nicholson (co-founders of B-movie factory AIP) were rewarded with some striking images from cinematographer John Coquillon and steady direction from Robert Fuest.

November 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

All in all, I still think Luis Buñuel's 1954 Mexican version is the best I've seen.

September 24, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wuthering Heights


I was not that impressed. Wuthering Heights is supposed to be a literary classic. There are nine Wuthering Heights movies (from 1939 to 2012) in the Flixster database, so it has to be a good story right? For now I've rated this one 2 1/2 *'s. I will have to see a couple more at least to do some comparison rating.

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Red Lats

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I remember really enjoying the book when I read it in school. I remember finding it very tragic and sad. And feeling for the characters to spite their selfish and unkind behavior. I found that this version of the story presented the characters as completely unlikable and having NO redeeming qualities. Perhaps I need to revisit the book again as an adult.

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Robert C

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