By Richard Attenborough

  • Genre: Richard Attenborough
  • Release Date: 1999-04-13
  • Advisory Rating: U
  • Runtime: 2h 11min
  • Director: Richard Attenborough
  • Production Company: Savoy Pictures
  • iTunes Price: GBP 6.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 3.49
From 147 Ratings


This lavishly mounted adaptation of the play by William Nicholson tells the true story of the doomed love affair between novelist and noted Christian scholar C.S. Lewis and a Jewish-American poet. Anthony Hopkins stars as C.S. "Jack" Lewis, an Oxford professor and successful author of the Chronicles of Narnia series of children's fantasy novels. A confirmed bachelor, Jack's existence is an inward life of the mind. Somewhat detached from the world, his only social outlet is evenings out at a local pub discussing philosophy and religion with his fellow lecturers. Jack has been corresponding with a bluntly intelligent American woman, Joy Gresham (Debra Winger), who arrives to visit him, with her young son Douglas (Joseph Mazzello) in tow. She tells Jack that she has actually fled from an abusive marriage and plans to divorce, and Jack astonishes friends and family by agreeing to a platonic marriage with Joy so that she can obtain British citizenship. As their friendship deepens and Joy discovers that she has a terminal illness, the relationship between Joy and Jack becomes a genuine romance, and their marriage turns into a real commitment.





    By Howiebabycoocachoo
    An Oxford professor, the famous CS Lewis, plodding along in his academic comfort zone, has his stuffy bubble burst when he falls in love with a visiting, outgoing American woman ("I didn't realise I could be so happy!"). Very touching and extremely moving, this lovely, nicely-paced film is excellently scripted and acted and contains much thoughtful dialogue.
  • Why not buy?

    By Colonel Raucous
    Why is Shadowlands available only to rent— this is a pity, a 1080p version available to purchase would be nice.