Doctor Thorne

Doctor Thorne

DVD - 2016
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The life of penniless Mary Thorne, who grows up with her Uncle, Dr. Thorne, and her relationship with the family at nearby Greshamsbury Park estate.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD DOCTOR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (179 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Language Note: In English with optional English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned

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bobbles1
May 26, 2019

All I can say is, well done to all involved....this was a banquet, we watched all four episodes in one sitting and loved every minute.....Tom Holland is a treat, as always, and there are lots of familiar faces in this production, of brilliant actors we've seen before, but the girl who plays Mary is a new one for us, and she sparkles....it is a bit confusing for the first episode, as the commentator Julian Fellowes acknowledges in between episodes (he is the perfect person for the job, reminds me a bit - in a very English way - of Alistair Cook who used to do this job on Masterpiece Theatre Sunday nights), but things soon settle and the plot thickens ever so much until the end....not to spoil it for you, but it is very wonderful.....enjoy this, don't miss it, put it on your list of must-watches.....

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Bookworm39
Apr 30, 2019

Very good story and cast of characters.

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Janice21383
Feb 23, 2019

Julian Fellowes might not know a lot of things, but he does know class, and I would trust him to write about that aspect of 19th century more than any writer of his generation. But although I can see why this Anthony Trollope story attracted him, the adaptation is a disappointment and the ending especially left a sour taste in my mouth. To explain why I'll have to go into spoilers, but Dr. Thorne is somewhat like Great Expectations written by a snob. SPOILERS: it tells the story of three families: one upper class and extravagant, with a son who is expected to retrieve the family fortune by marrying well; one lower class but nevertheless owns the upper class family lock, stock and barrel; and one upper-middle class, consisting of the titular doctor and his niece, who is not only illegitimate (gasp!) but whose father was killed by the father of the lower class family (gasp!!) in a fight, because he had impregnated his sister (gasp!!!) Yes, Mary Thorne, who is of course beautiful and pure and feeds gruel to invalids, is also her father's murderer's niece. Yet she and the upper class son are in love -- what will the issue be?? The story is not as melodramatic as it sounds. At the time Dr. Thorne was published, it would have been considered a liberal novel, because it is obviously on the side of the young lovers. But soon it takes a turn for the status quo. The rich lower class man is a violent boor who drinks himself to death. His son, who dares to fall in love with holy Mary, went to school with his betters, but is also a violent boor who drinks himself to death. These peasants would be so much happier if they knew their place; am I right? Mary inherits, the lovers are united, and the groom's nasty family, who have never done a stroke of work in their lives, are spared the horrors of moving out of their mansion. The show ends with the squires dancing, without a scrap of irony, virtually on the lower class family's graves.

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macierules
Jan 12, 2019

Absolutely wonderful production! I really hope Julian Fellowes brings more Anthony Trollope to the screen.

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pattyskypants
Jan 09, 2019

Not as smarmy as it looks. I quite enjoyed it but you have to fast forward through the intro commentary. From the get-go it's obvious how it will all turn out, but it is such a pretty production it's just nice to be in that place for a while.

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RoyalBookworm
Sep 05, 2018

This is a short, 4-episode series, but well worth watching. Episode 4 alone is just hilarious. It contains one of the best reactions to bombshell news I've ever seen. The reactions to that are just hilarious.

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empbee
Apr 27, 2018

Enjoyable with beautiful scenery, fashion and predictable story.

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calvoer
Feb 17, 2018

Five stars for the costumes, furniture, scenery, actors. But this being a Julian Fellows production, the spoken parts are dumbed down to Walt Disney level while the plink plink of strings drives home - in case you didn't get it - the point that none of it is serious; it is all tongue in cheek. I almost gave up after parts 1 & 2, but 3 & 4 were better.

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livpositiv
Jan 31, 2018

A charming Victorian tale of love with colourful characters and underlying bits of humour! Tom Hollander does not disappoint while the bonus features add additional insight.

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jnewday
Jan 29, 2018

Engaging and entertaining.

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Janice21383
Feb 24, 2019

Doctor Thorne: You remember my late brother?

This to a man who did ten years in prison for killing him.

On a side note, if the shoe were on the other foot, and a middle class man had killed a working man in a fight, in protection of the honour of his sister, would he have done 10 years? No. More like discharged with a commendation from the court.

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jimg2000
Dec 11, 2016

Love conquers all, except may be between noble and working class, doctor or not:

Mother, I'd love you to be happy.
-If you wish to see me happy ever again, marry money!
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Why, Doctor? You say yourself he is in love with Mary. If any man living can understand that, it is me.
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Is the woman who prevents a man from ruining himself the one who truly loves him? Or the woman who holds onto him through thick and thin, cost what it may?
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When will you return to America?
-You think I should be done with my husband hunting, then?
Is it hunting or drag hunting?
-What do you mean?
With you as the lure, I sense plenty of excitement in the chase, but no chance of a kill at the end of it.
-While you prefer to catch your quarry, Doctor Thorne?
I prefer a proper resolution, Miss Dunstable, yes. I hope you won't hold that against me.

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jimg2000
Dec 11, 2016

Love conquers all, except may be between noble and working class, doctor or not:

To me you are my daughter. And any man who has the honour of your love should be the envy of the world.
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'Here comes the lover, Sighing like a furnace, With a woeful ballad Made to his mistress' eyebrow.'
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Doctor, there have been lovemakings of a very advanced kind.
-What took place? Speak out, Lady Arabella. I won't have Mary's conduct impugned by innuendo. What is it that the eavesdroppers have heard?
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I can assure you an offer was made by Frank and such an offer cannot be without its allurements.
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Forgive me, it is hard to go on. For when I do, I think I must destroy the happiness of one I love more than my life.
-Well, surely, the truth can't be so very bad, sir.
It is bad enough, by heaven.

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Apr 04, 2017

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