D: Richard Attenborough

Paramount/Spelling/Price (Richard Attenborough & Brian Eastman)

UK 1993

131 mins


W: William Nicholson [based on his play]

DP: Roger Pratt

Ed: Lesley Walker

Mus: George Fenton

Anthony Hopkins (C.S. Lewis), Debra Winger (Joy Gresham), Edward Hardwicke (Warren Lewis), Joseph Mazzello (Douglas Gresham), John Wood (Christopher Riley)

William Nicholson adapts his own play for the big screen, starring Anthony Hopkins as C.S. Lewis and focusing on his relationship with outspoken American poet Joy Gresham. 

Lewis and Gresham wed in a marriage of convenience, only beginning to love each other when she is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

This film is what I'd consider a wonderful Sunday afternoon film, easy to watch with excellent performances, especially from its two leads, and a completely inoffensive screenplay. It is probably 10-20 minutes longer than it needed to be, but it's such a lovely film I really can't give it any criticism beyond that.


Anthony Hopkins & Debra Winger in Shadowlands
Anthony Hopkins & Debra Winger in Shadowlands