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Shadowlands (1993)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Shadowlands (1993, UK)

In director Richard Attenborough's lavish romantic biopic and tearjerker:

  • the unlikely romance between C. S. "Jack" Lewis (Anthony Hopkins) and Jewish-American poet Joy Gresham (Debra Winger) - including Joy's gauche first appearance in a British tea room: ("Which one of you is Lewis?")
  • the scene of Jack realizing that he was truly in love with Joy during their first marriage of convenience after learning of her terminal bone cancer: ("It's impossible. It's unthinkable. How could Joy be my wife? I'd have to love her, wouldn't I? I'd have to care more for her...than anyone else in this world. I'd have to be suffering the torments of the damned. The prospect of losing her...")
  • the scene in which Jack remarried Joy, this time for love
  • Joy's instructing Lewis on preparations for sex
  • the scene of Lewis ordering room service
  • their "honeymoon" time together during her cancer's remission
  • the scene of Joy's quiet death in bed with Jack offering assurance: ("Don't talk, my love. Just rest...just rest" - and after a kiss just before she died: "I love you, Joy. I love you so much. You made me so happy. I didn't know I could be so happy. You're the truest person I have ever known...")
  • the scene of her young Narnia-loving son Douglas (Joseph Mazzello) suddenly waking up in bed, gasping with eyes wide as if knowing the very moment of her death
  • Jack's scene of sharing tortured grief and uncontrollable weeping with Douglas in an attic following her death: (Douglas: "I sure would like to see her again" Jack: "Me too")


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