Wuthering Heights Review

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In only his second film, Timothy Dalton was already displaying the brooding menace and emotional conflict that made his Bond so intriguing (if uncommercial). Here, these qualities fuel an excellent portrayal of Heathcliff, the tortured lover of Emily Bronte’s classic novel. Less melodramatic and earthier than the classic 1939 version with Olivier, Robert Fuest’s take still heaves with passion thanks to Dalton’s fiery chemistry with Anna Calder-Marshall’s Cathy. John Coquillon’s cinematography expertly captures the drabness of the Moors setting, while Michel Legrand offers a haunting score.