Family Entertainment label. The novel was previously adapted into two films: a drama film and a silent film , which starred Lila Lee and Spottiswoode Aitken. Set in Yorkshire, England , Yorkshire's Allerton Castle was used for most of the exterior shots of Misselthwaite Manor, as well as interior shots. The film was a critical and commercial success.
In , the British Film Institute included it in their list of the 50 films you should see by the age of Unloved and neglected by her late parents, who were killed in a sudden earthquake, she is a cold, unpleasant girl who has repressed her emotions to the point of being unable to cry. Mary is unhappy in her new surroundings. Head housekeeper Mrs. Medlock informs Mary she will not be spoiled as she was in India and that her uncle, who spends extended periods of time away from the Manor, will likely not see her.
Mary is ordered by Mrs. Medlock not to leave her room, but strange noises lead her to explore the mansion on her own. Eventually Mrs. Medlock allows her to play outside to keep her from poking about in the house. In the expansive grounds of the Manor, Mary discovers her late aunt Lilias Craven's walled garden, which has been locked up and neglected since her accidental death 10 years prior. Martha Sowerby, a cheerful housemaid, and her younger brother, Dickon Sowerby, a nature-loving boy who can "talk" to the animals, befriend Mary.
Fascinated by the "secret garden," Mary enlists Dickon to help her bring it back to life, gradually becoming a more friendly, happy child in the process. When she's finally introduced to her uncle, Mary is apprehensive, knowing he was responsible for locking up the secret garden. Fearful he will do it again, Mary evasively asks to plant seeds in an "unwanted" part of the Manor. Lord Craven grants permission and leaves the country for the rest of the year.
Confident that the garden will remain a secret, Mary and Dickon continue their work. Hidden away in the gloomy mansion is Mary's spoiled cousin, Colin Craven, who has been treated all his life like a fragile, sickly invalid. This has turned him into a demanding, short-tempered, helpless boy who has never left his room or even learned to walk. Mary eventually discovers Colin and learns the strange noises she has been hearing are the sounds of his crying.
She is taken aback by his difficult nature, but reaches out to him anyway. She shows him that he's not really sick, and that the outside world is not as dangerous as Mrs. Medlock, who is in charge of caring for him, claims. Encouraged by Mary, Colin decides to go outside for the first time in his life. Mary and Dickon take him to the secret garden, and Colin begins his own healing process, both physically and mentally. Mary, Colin, and Dickon spend all of their time having fun in the garden, and Colin learns to stand and walk on his own.
Anxious to show Colin's new-found life to his father, they perform a "magic" ceremony, hoping to bring him back home. It appears to work: Lord Craven awakens suddenly from a dream of Lilias calling him home and immediately returns to Yorkshire.
He finds his way into the secret garden, where he discovers Colin walking and playing hide and seek with Mary and Dickon, which leaves him dumbfounded with joy. Upon seeing her uncle, Mary runs off and breaks down in tears for the first time in her life, certain that nobody wants her and afraid that the garden will be locked up again. Lord Craven catches up to her and reassures Mary that she is part of the family now.
He promises never to lock the garden up again. Lord Craven thanks Mary for bringing his family back to life. Medlock, Ben, and the Manor staff. The film ends with Mary reflecting in voiceover that "If you look the right way, the whole world is a garden. Yorkshire's imposing Allerton Castle was used for most of the exterior shots of Misselthwaite Manor, and some of the interior was also used. The film features the end credits song "Winter Light" performed by Linda Ronstadt , which is based on two themes from the score by Zbigniew Preisner.
However, it is not featured in the film's original soundtrack, but in Ronstadt's eponymous album Winter Light. Since its release, the film has garnered positive reviews. The site's critics consensus reads, " The Secret Garden honors its classic source material with a well-acted, beautifully filmed adaptation that doesn't shy from its story's darker themes. The film grossed From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the film. For other uses see, see Secret Garden.
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