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'The Secret Garden'

August 28, 1994|Kevin Thomas

Director Agnieszka Holland and adaptor Caroline Thompson have created a lush but faithful 1993 film of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's classic. Imperious 10-year-old Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly, right), orphaned in India, is sent to live at her uncle's Yorkshire estate, so vast and forbidding that Count Dracula would feel right at home. Although spoiled rotten, Mary has a doughty spirit, which allows her and her grief-engulfed relatives to affect each other in a magical, transforming fashion. With Heydon Prowse (center) as the sickly Colin, Andrew Knott (left) as the sturdy Dickon and Maggie Smith as the killjoy housekeeper Mrs. Medlock (HBO Sunday at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 2:45 p.m.).

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