The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne is a 1987 drama film made by HandMade Films Ltd. and United British Artists (UBA) starring Maggie Smith and Bob Hoskins. It was directed by Jack Clayton (his final theatrical film) and produced by Richard Johnson and Peter Nelson, with George Harrison and Denis O'Brien as executive producers. The music score was by Georges Delerue and the cinematography by Peter Hannan.


Judith Hearne is a lonely, middle-aged, Irish spinster from a good family in distressed circumstances who gives piano lessons independently but is losing pupils. After moving into a rooming house in Belfast, she meets and becomes attracted to the landlady’s widowed brother, the charming James Madden, who has returned from America. Madden notices her inherited jewelry and believes wrongly that she is reasonably well-off and might invest in his business idea.

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    director Jack Clayton
    editor Terry Rawlings
    genre drama
    keywords business idea inherit lose moving in piano lessons rooming house widow
    musicBy Georges Delerue
    producer Richard Johnson
    productionCompany HandMade Films
    publisher Island Records
    theme independent