Picks and Pans Review: Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights
updated 12/05/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/05/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
We travel now to the blasted moors of the north country to revisit Heathcliff (Ralph Fiennes) and his soulmate Cathy (Juliette Binoche). Sharp-eyed viewers will spot the bewigged Sinéad O'Connor making her acting debut as author Brontë in a brief prologue. The singer also serves as a narrator in this exquisite adaptation of the 1847 masterpiece that explores tragic romance and bitter retribution.
This remake was released theatrically in England in 1992. (The most famous film version of the novel was the 1939 production starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon.) It was Fiennes's indelible performance as the haughty, haunted Heathcliff that earned him the attention and admiration of director Steven Spielberg and resulted in the actor's being cast as Kommandant Goeth in Spielberg's Schindler's List.
The film also features Sophie Ward, Jeremy Northam, Jason Riddington and a moving score by Ryuichi Sakamoto.