The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

Edition no. 123

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HandMade Films
Directed by: Jack Clayton

Based on the acclaimed novel by Brian Moore, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne was the final feature film to be made by celebrated filmmaker Jack Clayton (The InnocentsThe Pumpkin Eater), and boasts a truly outstanding performance by multi-award-winning actor Maggie Smith.

In 1950s Belfast, penniless spinster Judith Hearne (Smith) falls for charismatic James (Bob Hoskins). Succumbing to his attentions, Judith makes a series of profound changes to her life, including re-evaluating her deep relationship with her church, to enable the love for which she so desperately yearns.

Poignant and powerful, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne was the recipient of a BAFTA award for Smith, but has since become somewhat overlooked. Now finally available on Blu-ray for the very first time, one of the finest British films of the 1980s is presented in a brand new 2K restoration from the original negatives, supervised and approved by cinematographer Peter Hannan.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1
Audio: English 1.0 PCM Mono
Subtitles: English
Region: B
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50


  • Judith Hearne Remembered (2019, 27 mins): documentary featuring interviews with actors Maggie Smith, Ian McNeice and Rudi Davies
  • Selected scenes commentary with Neil Sinyard, author of British Film Makers: Jack Clayton (33 mins)
  • Original trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • Limited edition exclusive 32-page booklet featuring Pauline Kael’s appraisal of the film, Bethan Roberts on Brian Moore, Jack Clayton, Maggie Smith and Bob Hoskins on The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits

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