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.


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Dec 14, 2017

An enjoyable entertainment developed around the usual Trollope themes, well acted by a fine ensemble cast that obviously had a great deal of fun in the process. Lovely cinematography and a directorial hand that knew how to keep things light. Even Julian Fellowes' avuncular turns as a would-be Alastair Cook is tolerable. The theme music is lifted shamelessly from Shostakovich, but who cares. Altogether, a relaxing way for adults to pass an enjoyable evening or two.

Vilka Oct 18, 2017

An entertaining period drama of parlour intrigues and love versus money/class that should appeal to fans of Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, or Downton Abbey. Though the first episode was a bit slow to start, by the fourth episode we were leaning forward in our seats, grinning, gleefully hoping for the Great Comeuppance.

May 16, 2017

While very predictable, this is an enjoyable and beautifully filmed adaptation of Trollope's novel, exposing again the foibles of British 19th century society.

Apr 04, 2017

Rated G. Very entertaining. 4 hours long.

Mar 10, 2017

With his typical lack of subtlety, Julian Fellowes brings us, via Anthony Trollope, another tale of everyday folk who live in stately homes. And to top it off, Fellowes does introductions to each episode as if he were auditioning for a job as presenter of Masterpiece Theatre. In his final oration, Fellowes reminds us that love is more important than money. This from a man who made a special trip (flying back over the Atlantic) to vote in the House of Lords to put through a bill removing benefits for disabled people. Trollope would have made art out of such hypocrisy.

PS - the music is hokey, like something out of a '40s Hollywood sudser.

multcolib_susannel Jan 09, 2017

Will Mary's unorthodox birth get in the way of true love?

Dec 11, 2016

Another enjoyable mid-Victorian era BBS production in the finest picturesque fashion though too familiar theme of love and class divide. Sold by the introduction narrative by Jilian Fellows and not disappointed.

JCLStefanieE Dec 03, 2016

I really enjoyed this quiet and sweet British romantic drama. It's straightforward storyline, lovely vistas, and warm musical scoring make it an excellent choice for fans of Downton Abbey and Jane Austen, and safe for a family viewing with older children.

Nov 28, 2016

For those suffering from acute DAW (Downton Abbey Withdrawal), this spritely series will be a tonic. Fabulous costumes and country houses, lovely heroes/heroines, fun (if a bit over the top) villains and a host of other interesting characters make this an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. It's no DA, but holds its own. Tom Hollander, who played the creepy assistant in The Night Manager, is especially good. My advice--just sit back and enjoy!

Nov 09, 2016

Fellowes has mangled a beautiful Trollope novel. Fellowes has rendered the subtle plot and psychological touches that are typically Trollopian -- and easily rendered onscreen even in 3 hours, as other Trollope-based productions such as those of the Pallisers or The Warden -- show, and either distorted them or changed them outright. The crass and melodramatic moments in this production are those contrived by a condescending Fellowes, not written by Trollope.
That said, I have given this a star and a half because I found it interesting to watch. Hollander does a good job of inhabiting the character of Doctor Thorne. Beware, though, if you love the Trollope novel you may hate this.


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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!
Why, Doctor? You say yourself he is in love with Mary. If any man living can understand that, it is me.
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?
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.

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.
'Here comes the lover, Sighing like a furnace, With a woeful ballad Made to his mistress' eyebrow.'
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?
I can assure you an offer was made by Frank and such an offer cannot be without its allurements.
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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