GenreDrama, Romance, Thriller ScreenplayJean Rhys, John Duigan LanguageEnglish
WriterJohn Duigan, Jean Rhys Release date16 April 1993 (1993-04-16) (US) CastKarina Lombard (Antoinette Cosway), Nathaniel Parker (Edward Rochester), Rachel Ward (Annette Cosway), Michael York (Paul Mason), Martine Beswick (Aunt Cora (as Martine Beswicke)), Claudia Robinson (Christophene) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, Jamon Jamon, The Hot Nights of Linda, Persona, Zandalee, Women in Cages
TaglineThe sensual film based on the acclaimed novel by Jean Rhys.
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Wide Sargasso Sea is a 1993 film adaptation of Jean Rhys's 1966 novel of the same name, directed by John Duigan.
For a full-length summary see: plot summary of Wide Sargasso Sea.
Fine Line Features released the film for the United States market. The film was given a restrictive NC-17 rating due to its sexual content. Fine Line opted not to pursue a less restrictive, more marketable R rating.
Cast and roles
Karina Lombard - Antoinette Cosway
Nathaniel Parker - Edward Rochester
Rachel Ward - Annette Cosway
Michael York - Paul Mason
Martine Beswick - Aunt Cora
Claudia Robinson - Christophene
Huw Christie Williams - Richard Mason
Casey Berna - Young Antoinette
Rowena King - Amelie
Ben Thomas - Daniel Cosway
Naomi Watts - Fanny Grey
John Duigan did not enjoy the experience of making the film:
It was probably the only really unsatisfying interaction that I've had with a production company and I found that I had major disagreements with them and with the producers. It was unfortunate. Jan Sharp, the producer of the film, had the tenacity to get the film made, but she and I had differences of opinion. She was very well informed on the book, and I'm sure her opinions were arguable, as I like to think mine were, but when you have a situation like that, I think the overall project can suffer. I think the film did suffer from that division.
Wide Sargasso Sea grossed $45,806 at the box office in Australia.