The Black Velvet Gown

 (191)1 h 43 min1993X-Ray
In 1830s England, a mother and daughter fight for a better life and challenge the prejudice of their society in this International Emmy® Award winner for Best Drama.
Norman Stone
Bob PeckJanet McTeerGeraldine Somerville
English [CC]
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Johnny elkinsReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsTrying to make pedos a norm
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So the boy who fought his way out of the clutches of a pedo gets treated like he's the awful person, and the girl who sympathizes with this awful man gets made out to be a strong better off person. What the heck!
64 people found this helpful
SilkReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2020
3.0 out of 5 starsA bit shocked by the insinuation of pedophilia in a main character
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It was a decent enough movie but I am a bit shocked that they had one of the main characters be an apparent pedophile. And if you are wondering why I say that, there are several scenes that bring us to that conclusion such as the one where the mother calls him "unnatural" and asks if the gown was given in payment for her son. Not to mention his letter where he speaks of giving up his previous profession teaching students due to the "temptations" and then his poem he wrote about the boy. And that's not all but that's most of it. I was just surprised, I was not expecting that. I guess it makes more sense to me now why the boy 'over-reacted' about the horse and was slicing at him, because it seems he was putting up with the man's attentions for the promise of a horse and felt sorely used when he didn't get it...
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Red SonyaReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2020
2.0 out of 5 starsNot worthy of 4 stars
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Disgusting sexual perversions, such as pedophilia, are normalized in this movie. Everything feels dry and wooden in this movie, including the acting. There is so much inequality, sadness, and unresolved plots. The second half of the movie is definitely better than the first half. This is definitely not a beautiful Dickens story, so just be prepared.
43 people found this helpful
Mrs. JonReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsSickness
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Why was this recommended to me? Sick and disgusted. Hated this pathetic excuse called a movie. It made no sense. Why did we not follow David's life, we were made to feel sorry for his violator. Do not watch.
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K. KurtzReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsBlindsided!
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Initially enthused by the acting talent, then repulsed by the twist of perversion and bland acceptance of sexual abuse of a child. How did this make it onto AMZ!!
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Dionesia RapposelliReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2020
2.0 out of 5 starsMeaningless disjointed Gothic romance epic
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I am guessing the book is 1000 times better than the movie. This epic story that can't figure out who the main character is starts out in the typical Victorian era gothic novel way in which a poor family is taken in by a wealthy but mercurial bachelor. There is a vague hint that the bachelor is into kink--that has got something to do with his mother's black velvet gown-- as well as vague innuendo that the bachelor might like little boys too much--and/or that a very bratty little boy has sociopathic aggressive tendencies. Half-way through the movie, the bachelor dies and leaves his property, with various limiting stipulations, to the women in the poor family. The focus on the main female character then abruptly shifts to another female family member who gets sent away to be a skullery maid and suffer Dickinsonian abuses, but with a typical and droll Gothic romance fairy tale ending.
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RaSuMa312Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsCatherine Cookson's writing at its best
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The theme that runs through Cookson's novels,.. done so well here: hardship, a heroine who is treated poorly because of economic and educational opportunities, the potential for overcoming of the disparity.. the plight of poverty and especially its effect on women and children. It is an eyeopener for those who never experienced life without education or possibility for upward mobility.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent period piece
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This movie was interesting not only for the unusual storyline regarding the evil Master but also because it gave a very realistic picture of what life was like for those in service at the time. Scenes portrayed an enjoyable time off for the Christmas holiday and Lady Day when they received payment for their work. But they were treated cruelly by the family, weren't allowed to be educated or better themselves, and certainly couldn't presume to marry into the family!
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