The Lonely Passion Of Judith Hearne (Region B)

Type: New Blu-Ray

(Jack Clayton, 1987)
Release date: 29 May 2023
Standard Edition Blu-ray

Based on the acclaimed novel by Brian Moore, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne was the final feature film to be made by celebrated filmmaker Jack Clayton (The InnocentsThe Pumpkin Eater), and boasts a truly outstanding performance by multi-award-winning actor Maggie Smith.

In 1950s Belfast, penniless spinster Judith Hearne (Smith) falls for charismatic James (Bob Hoskins). Succumbing to his attentions, Judith makes a series of profound changes to her life, including re-evaluating her deep relationship with her church, to enable the love for which she so desperately yearns.

Poignant and powerful, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne was the recipient of a BAFTA award for Smith, but has since become somewhat overlooked. One of the finest British films of the 1980s is presented in a 2K restoration from the original negatives, supervised and approved by cinematographer Peter Hannan.


  • 2K restoration by Powerhouse Films from the original negative, supervised and approved by cinematographer Peter Hannan
  • Original mono audio
  • Judith Hearne Remembered (2019, 27 mins): documentary featuring interviews with actors Maggie Smith, Ian McNeice and Rudi Davies
  • Selected scenes commentary with Neil Sinyard, author of British Film Makers: Jack Clayton (33 mins)
  • Original trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing