The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

A middle-aged spinster falls in love with a fellow resident of her boardinghouse, who mistakenly believes she has the money to help him start a new business.



Genre: Drama, Romance
Rating: 15
Directed By: Jack Clayton
Written By: Brian Moore (novel), Peter Nelson (screenplay)
Released: 1987
Runtime: 116 minutes


Maggie Smith as Judith Hearne
Bob Hoskins as James Madden
Wendy Hiller as Aunt D’Arcy
Ian McNeice as Bernard Rice
Marie Kean as Mrs Rice
Prunella Scales as Moira O’Neill


Lonely spinster Judith Hearne (Maggie Smith) teaches piano and lives in a depressing boarding house in Dublin.

Her life changes when she meets James Madden (Bob Hoskins), the enterprising brother of the owner.

She quickly falls for him and, against all expectation, finds her love returned.

As their romance develops, Judith becomes truly happy for the first time in her life.

But, when it dawns on her that James has ulterior motives for pursuing their relationship, her world comes crashing down.


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