- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 8, 2003
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Miramax
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 01/26/1995
Sight and Sound - 05/01/1994
"...Beautiful and flawlessly acted..."
New York Times - 12/02/1994
"...Dafoe's stunningly sharp, sympathetic portrait raises the film....Fascinating and troubling..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/17/1995
"...Dafoe and Richardson succeed in holding the picture together....[Richardson] gives Viv the full force of her haughty neurotic glamour..."
This film explores the early life of poet T.S. and his little-known first marriage to Vivienne Haigh-Wood, a talented writer who served as his muse. Vivienne, who suffered from an hormonal imbalance that caused violent mood swings, encouraged her reserved husband's talents but her passion and unpredictable behavior embarrassed him; their relationship unraveled as the side effects from her medication made her even more unstable. When the success of his poem "The Wasteland," brought him fame, Eliot devoted himself to his literary career and to a new circle of friends. Eventually, with the assistance of his wife's family, Eliot gained control of Vivienne's estate and had her committed to a mental hospital. Vivienne eventually regained her health, but by then all was lost.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Tom & Viv
Screen favorites Willem Dafoe (SPIDER-MAN, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE) and Miranda Richardson (THE HOURS, SLEEPY HOLLOW) deliver star performances in this passionately rendered story based on writer T.S. Eliot's tempestuous relationship with his first wife, Vivienne, the woman who inspired his greatest work. Widely praised by critics and nominated for two Academy Awards(R), TOM & VIV is the story of their turbulent love affair. It reveals the unspeakable secret that finally drove Eliot to choose between standing by his beautiful yet troubled wife, or letting her go. Deeply felt and exquisitely acted, TOM & VIV is a story of love and commitment .... and passion's ultimate price.
This film gives an intense, passionate rendering of the relationship between American poet T.S. Eliot and his first wife, Vivien Haigh-Wood. Students when they met, Eliot and Haigh-Wood shared a turbulent life together, due in large part to Viv's unpredictable mental illnesses. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Actress--Miranda Richardson; and Best Supporting Actress--Rosemary Harris
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- "The film is dedicated to the memory of Vivienne Eliot and to her brother, Maurice Haigh-Wood who made it possible to tell her story."