Daniel Deronda (2002)

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Director: Tom Hooper

Writer: George Eliot (novel), Andrew Davies (screenplay)

Cast: Hugh Dancy, Romola Garai, Hugh Bonneville, Edward Fox, Amanda Root, Greta Scacchi, David Bamber, Jodhi May, Barbara Hershey

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Synopsis: In this BBC film adaptation of George Eliot's final novel, set in 19th century England, Daniel Deronda (Hugh Dancy) is attracted to the spoiled, headstrong Gwendolen Harleth (Romola Garai), who somewhat reluctantly enters into a marriage of convenience with the wealthy and snobbish Henleigh Grancourt (Hugh Bonneville).

This romantic intrigue plays out against the curious relationship that develops between Daniel and the Zionist visionary Mordecai (Daniel Evans), who tirelessly proselytizes in favor of a permanent homeland for the Jewish people. Things come to a head when Daniel finds himself falling in love with Mordecai's sister Mirah (Jodhi May). Sumptuous scenery and costumes infinitely enhance this delightful period drama.

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