The Camomile Lawn

The Camomile Lawn

Director: Peter Hall Cast: Felicity Kendal, Jennifer Ehle, Virginia McKenna


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Good Neighbors co-stars Felicity Kendal and Paul Eddington reunite for director Ken Taylor's adaptation of Mary Wesley's popular novel concerning the innocent summer before war changed everything, and the relationship shared by five cousins as they gather to pay tribute to their deceased uncle years later. As the warm breeze of August blows in the summer of 1939, five cousins gather on the Cornish coast to spend their carefree summer days bonding in the lavish estate of their wealthy uncle. War looms ominously on the horizon, though, and as these five youngsters bide their time by exploring the hills and cliffs of the countryside, they remain blissfully unaware that their lives are about to be changed forever. When their uncle passes away nearly half a century later, the five cousins return to their childhood playground to pay their respects and share stories of how their lives were forever changed in the dark days following that one, unforgettable summer.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2006
UPC: 0054961852093
Original Release: 1992
Rating: NR
Source: Acorn Media
Time: 4:24:00
Sales rank: 48,113

Special Features

Mary Wesley biography; Cast filmographies

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Camomile Lawn, Vol. 1
1. Annual Invasion [5:18]
2. Oliver [9:07]
3. War Talk [5:13]
4. Practice Run [3:52]
5. Dinner Party [4:02]
6. Terror Run [9:58]
7. Off to London [14:38]
1. Interned [3:53]
2. Calypso's Wedding [4:50]
3. 48 Hours [11:00]
4. Over the Rainbow [10:02]
5. Unkept Promise [6:39]
6. The Erstweilers [8:54]
7. Polly's Shelter [7:30]
1. Midsummer Night [4:44]
2. London Recital [7:15]
3. Small Comfort [7:48]
4. Bombed [6:34]
5. A Straight Swap [7:56]
6. Part of the Bargain [7:29]
8. Lunch With Max [6:16]
7. Sophy's Terror Run [5:03]
Disc #2 -- The Camomile Lawn, Vol. 2
1. Telegram [10:41]
2. Seeing Double [9:07]
3. Changing Views [5:12]
4. War Atrocity [9:00]
5. Not Illegal [8:12]
6. Missing [10:50]
1. Runaway [11:02]
2. Good & Bad News [3:43]
3. How Many Years? [9:13]
4. Background Notes [7:32]
5. Funeral [4:08]
6. Oliver & Sophy [16:43]

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3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For frequent viewers of British television, you will enjoy seeing a lot of favorite actors in this production that focuses on the reunion of cousins and friends before, during and much after WWII. I enjoyed seeing the costumes and stage settings of WWII era Cornwall and London, yet didn't find the characters redeeming as they all seem to enjoy a life of debauchery that doesn't change much despite the "sobering" effects of the war. They all moan about what the war did to dispell the idolatry of their picnics on the Camomile Lawn, but the characters seem too stunned by the war to do much reflection. The back and forth scenes of present and period eras make it difficult to figure out whom you are watching and the drama becomes rather drawn out and boring. Their lives are just not compelling enough to watch several hours of it. Some disturbing sexual scenes make this unsuitable for children most likely drawn to this because one of its stars Jennifer Ehle who was in Pride and Prejudice. Jennifer Ehle, in fact, is quite a revelation in this role as her character and portrayal is so different than Elizabeth Bennett that you appreciate her ability to represent virtuous and disreputable characters with equal agility.