- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 1, 2003
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Surround - English
- Dolby Surround - Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I've only a hundred pounds a year and I can't play bridge."
- Flora Poste (KATE BECKINSALE), to her friend, Mrs. Smiling (JOANNA LUMLEY).
"Nature's all very well in her place, but she mustn't be allowed to make things untidy."
- Flora Poste (KATE BECKINSALE), explaining the benefits of contraceptives to an ignorant farm woman who keeps getting pregnant.
"There'll be no butter in hell!"
- Amos Starkadder (IAN McKELLEN)
"He's so obnoxious. I haven't the heart to tell him that's why I won't let him kiss me. He thinks I'm inhibited."
- Flora Poste (KATE BECKINSALE), about Mybug (STEPHEN FRY).
Premiere - 12/01/1996
"...All of the book's wit and none of the dull bits..." - Recommended
Rolling Stone - 05/30/1996
"...A delicious social satire....COLD COMFORT FARM, with a clever script by Malcolm Bradbury, sets a raucous pace for a cast of master thespians..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/24/1996
"...Schlesinger has created a perfect, burnished little world, and the delectable cast has a great time..." -- Rating: A
Variety - 06/26/1995
"...A deliciously eccentric, fabulously acted comedy of manners....[With a] playful mood and wicked wit..."
New York Times - 05/10/1996
"...Its characters are conceived and played with gratifying wit....Mr. Schlesinger draws lively performances out of his cast..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/24/1996
"...[The film is] dour, eccentric and very funny, and depends on the British gift for treating madness as good common sense..."
When a young society woman from London becomes suddenly orphaned she's forced to take up residence with a group of her unsophisticated, oddball relatives at their farm. Despite protests from the bedridden, iron-willed matriarch of the farm, the aspiring lass tries to achieve some semblance of order and class in the house. From the novel by Stella Gibbons.
When the strong-minded Flora Poste loses her parents and her financial security, she moves in with her eccentric and wild relatives at the broken-down Cold Comfort Farm. There, Flora transforms the decrepit building into a vibrant, elegantly decorated home and the untamed family into a group of sophisticated, successful adults.
- A British made-for-television film.
- Shown at the 1995 Hamptons International Film Festival in New York.
- Released theatrically in New York City and Los Angeles May 10, 1996; released theatrically in Boston and Philadelphia May 24, 1996.
- The first collaboration between the BBC and Thames Television.