Streaming Video - 1992
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Tom Crick faces the latest in a long series of disappointments that form his life when the British teacher of history is forced into early retirement by the American high school where he works. Challenged by one of his students to make his subject relevant, as his final lecture the fraying Crick tells the history of the English marshlands known as The Fens. He spins a tale that begins before World War I and encompasses his family history, his childhood with his mentally challenged brother, and his romance with the beautiful girl who becomes his wife--now a deeply disturbed woman. In telling his story of incest, abortion, murder, domestic abuse, insanity and kidnapping, Crick gains an understanding of his tragic life as he pierces his students' apathy. Based on the novel by Booker Prize-winning author Graham Swift.


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Jul 09, 2015

World War I pacifism has a surprising result. Nastiness in the woodshed alternates with scenes of mid-life crisis. It's well-acted, but full of eye-rolling moments and unintentional humour.

Apr 01, 2015

Jeremy Irons plays Tom Crick, a history teacher, who tells stories to his classes when their interest in history starts to wane. The stories are based upon Crick’s woeful life and he eventually gets fired because he begins telling more stories than history and because the stories are a little too dark and lurid for the administration. Upon his goodbye to the students, he tells them, hereafter, for them, he will be “history.” I liked the film more than the critics who only gave it average reviews.

Jun 24, 2010

Drags on - couldn't finish it


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