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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.

2012

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Brighton Rock

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.

2010

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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!

2012

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Cruel Intentions

Quenching a thirst for dangerous games, a promiscuous teen challenges her stepbrother to deflower their headmaster's daughter before summer ends. Bored and rich, two stepsiblings spend their summer destroying hearts and reputations. But who will save theirs?

1999

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Dangerous Liaisons

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.

2012

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The Four Feathers

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?

2002

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

In this charming fantasy, a headstrong young widow moves into a haunted cottage, where she's romanced by the spirit of a salty sea captain.

1947

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The Great Escape

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.

1963

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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

A destitute samurai asks to commit hara-kiri at the estate of a feudal lord, who begs the samurai to reconsider due to the dishonor it will bring him.

2011

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The Hustler

Paul Newman scores as pool shark "Fast Eddie" Felson, who tours the country hustling games -- even challenging reigning champion Minnesota Fats.

1961

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I Capture the Castle

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.

2003

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Jane Eyre

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.

2011

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The Long, Hot Summer

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.

1958

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Mansfield Park

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.

1999

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The Man Who Laughs

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.

2012

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North & South - Season 1

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.

2004

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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?

2012

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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.

2005

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A Room with a View

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.

1986

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The Sand Pebbles

A Navy engineer finds himself mired in conflict when he's assigned to an American gunboat in the Yangtze River during the 1920s Chinese revolution.

1966

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