Wuthering Heights


1h 45m 1970

Brief Synopsis

The Earnshaws are Yorkshire farmers during the early 19th Century. One day, Mr. Earnshaw returns from a trip to the city, bringing with him a ragged little boy called Heathcliff. Earnshaw's son, Hindley, resents the child, but Heathcliff becomes companion and soulmate to Hindley's sister, Catherine. After her parents die, Cathy and Heathcliff grow up wild and free on the Moors and despite the continued enmity between Hindley and Heathcliff they're happy-- until Cathy meets Edgar Linton, the son of a wealthy neighbor.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 23 Dec 1970
Production Company
American International Productions
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (London, 1847).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color

Synopsis

Late in the 18th century, Mr. Earnshaw returns to Wuthering Heights, his manor on the Yorkshire moors, with Heathcliff, an orphan he found starving on the streets of Liverpool. Earnshaw's two children, Catherine and Hindley, are jealous of their father's affection for the boy and treat him with contempt; after Hindley is sent away to boarding school, however, Catherine and Heathcliff fall in love and steal away to the moors. Upon the death of Earnshaw, Hindley becomes master of Wuthering Heights and treats Heathcliff like a stableboy. Later, when Heathcliff discovers Catherine's plans to marry wealthy Edgar Linton from nearby Thrushcross Grange, the distraught youth runs away before hearing Catherine explain that she plans to use Edgar's money to free Heathcliff from Hindley's mistreatment. Three years later, Heathcliff, now an affluent and well-groomed man of fortune, returns and finds Catherine married to Edgar and Hindley a widowed drunkard. Plotting his revenge, Heathcliff gambles with Hindley for the ownership of Wuthering Heights and wins. Next, he courts and subsequently marries Edgar's sister, Isabella, and humiliates Edgar by treating her like a servant. When Catherine becomes gravely ill in the early stages of pregnancy, she calls for Heathcliff; a short time later, she dies in childbirth. While mourning at her grave, Heathcliff is lured back to Wuthering Heights by the ghostly figure of Catherine but is shot at the site by Hindley, who has conspired in his murder with Isabella. Although mortally wounded, Heathcliff follows the ghost of Catherine to the moors where, in death, he is reunited with his beloved.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 23 Dec 1970
Production Company
American International Productions
Country
United Kingdom
Location
Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (London, 1847).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color

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Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Yorkshire, England. Opened in London in June 1971. Previously filmed in Great Britain (1920); and in the United States (1939, United Artists).

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States December 15, 1970

Released in United States December 23, 1970

Released in USA on video.

Released in United States December 23, 1970

Released in United States December 15, 1970 (Los Angeles)