WIDE SARGASSO SEA
Release Date: April 16, 1993
Starring: Karina Lombard, Nathaniel
Parker, Claudia Roibinson,
Michael York, & Rachel Ward.
Genre: Gothic romance
Runtime: Approximately 2 1/2 hours
Distributor: Fine Line Pictures
Director: John Duigan
Producer: Jan Sharp, Carole Angier &
John Duigan BASED ON THE NOVEL
BY: Jean Rhys
Writer: Jan Sharp
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The film has received an NC-17 rating because of its sensuality and violence. The Jamaican atmosphere is so vivid that it comes as a mild shock to be thrust suddenly into the world of Northern England, Thornfield Hall, Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. There isn't a great deal to this film other than interesting scenery (interesting, rather than beautiful, because the viewer feels the oppressiveness of the heat and the ubiquity of the insects), great-looking period costumes, occultism, extreme violence, adultery, and a whole lot of nudity and feverish sex. The performances are great, but who cares about these characters? These people are nothing more than selfish, sensual, boring, malcontents.