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Dramas based on classic literature

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Bel Ami

A manipulative journalist climbs from abject poverty to the height of Parisian society, taking up with a variety of beautiful women along the way. Youthful beauty plus insatiable greed. It's a recipe for riches for this impoverished young man.

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2012

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Brighton Rock

2.8

In hopes of silencing a waitress who saw him kill another criminal, a young thug decides to romance her and suss out how much she knows. Some marriages are built on a foundation of true love -- others, over a dead body. No couple's perfect.

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2010

| Dramas based on classic literature |


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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

On the day of Dolly Thatcham's wedding, the sight of her former beau leads her to realize that going ahead with the ceremony would be a huge mistake. Does anyone know of a reason why these two should not be wed? Well, the bride-to-be does ... her ex-lover!

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2012

| Dramas based on classic literature |


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Dangerous Liaisons

3.2

Two experts in seduction, Mo Jieyu and her ex-lover Xie Yifan, decide to entertain themselves with a wager involving the innocent beauty Du Fenyu.

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2012

| Dramas based on classic literature |


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The Four Feathers

3.4

A British officer resigns before a battle against Mahdi rebels and must redeem himself to his fiancée and friends, who have branded him a coward. A British soldier accused of cowardice wages his own private war. Can he regain his reputation ... and his fiancee?

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2002

| Dramas based on classic literature |


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The Grapes of Wrath

Tom Joad, a Depression-era everyman, leads his poor family on a harrowing journey from Oklahoma's Dust Bowl to the promised land of California.

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1940

| Dramas based on classic literature |


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The Great Escape

4.1

This epic adventure centers on an audacious plan by Allied officers to stage a massive breakout from an ostensibly escape-proof German prison camp. If they want freedom, they'll have to take it. Nothing stands in their way ... except for all of Nazi Germany.

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1963

| Dramas based on classic literature |


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I Capture the Castle

3.3

To save the crumbling castle in which he resides, a writer tries to marry off his daughters to two wealthy Americans who've arrived to take ownership.

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2003

| Dramas based on classic literature |


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Jane Eyre

4.0

Driven from her post at Thornfield House, young governess Jane Eyre reflects on her youth and the events that led her to misty moors. A shy orphan finally finds love, but the elusive man who steals her heart harbors a deadly secret.

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2011

| Dramas based on classic literature |


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The Long, Hot Summer

3.8

Two William Faulkner tales combine in this smoldering drama as a handyman moves to a Mississippi town, where rumors about his past begin to circulate. He owns the town, and he sees something in this drifter with a bad reputation: a little bit of himself.

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1958

| Dramas based on classic literature |


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Mansfield Park

3.8

A poor heroine is sent to live with wealthy relatives in 1800s England, where her wit and writing talent find the room, and circumstance, to grow. Born into poverty. Raised in wealth. A double-edged sword for an independent woman in a time when it mattered most.

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1999

| Dramas based on classic literature |


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The Man Who Laughs

3.3

Scarred by his kidnappers as a child, Gwynplaine now makes a living from his disfigurement in a traveling show, where his only friend is blind Déa.

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2012

| Dramas based on classic literature |


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North & South - Season 1

4.2

When her father moves his family to an industrial mill town, the parson's daughter, Margaret Hale, struggles to adapt to her harsh new surroundings. Passionate romance. Sociopolitical upheaval. Tea and crumpets. There's never a dull moment in this Victorian town.

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2004

| Dramas based on classic literature |


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On the Road

At the height of the Beat era, New York writer Sal Paradise, his freewheeling buddy Dean, and Dean's wife set out on a journey of self-discovery. A writer takes to the highways of America in search of pure experience. What happens when the journey ends?

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2012

| Dramas based on classic literature |


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Pride & Prejudice

In Jane Austen's tale of 19th-century England, Mrs. Bennet hopes to marry her daughters to prosperous gentlemen, including new arrival Mr. Darcy. In 19th-century England, the Bennet sisters must make suitable matches. For Elizabeth, it's absolutely not Mr. Darcy.

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2005

| Dramas based on classic literature |


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A Room with a View

3.5

In this adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel, Lucy travels to Florence with her chaperone in tow. There, she falls for a fellow countryman's moody son. A brooding heart beats furiously for a elite lady with a snobbish fiancé. Passion trumps properness every time.

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1986

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Thérèse

3.1

Bored by an arranged marriage to a dull but well-meaning husband, a young wife in rural France in the 1920s seeks a drastic solution to her problems. A jealous wife with a boring husband wants so much more. In a marriage without heat, something inside still burns.

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2012

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The Thin Red Line

In this lyrical account of the 1942 battle for Guadalcanal, several soldiers become a tight-knit group as they each struggle with the horrors of war. Every man handles his time in the Pacific differently. Some take it better than others, but that doesn't mean it's easy.

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1998

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The Third Man

3.8

After arriving in post-World War II Vienna, unemployed pulp novelist Holly Martins learns that his friend Harry has died in an accident. Compelled to investigate the death, Holly slowly uncovers startling revelations about Harry's life. A postwar Vienna crime world entangles a naive American. Ferris wheels, dark secrets -- and zither music.

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1949

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The Three Musketeers

The original three musketeers are past their prime and working menial jobs in Paris when their friend D'Artagnan rallies them to defend the nation. They were legendary swashbucklers. Now, they're down on their luck. But it's nothing a villain or two can't fix.

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2011

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