Tess (1979)

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1979-10-06
  • User Rating: 6.9/10 from 169 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 51min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Renn Productions
  • Production Country: France, United Kingdom
  • Director: Roman Polanski
star 6.9/10
From 169 Ratings


A strong-willed peasant girl is sent by her father to the estate of some local aristocrats to capitalize on a rumor that their families are from the same line. This fateful visit commences an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal, and revenge.

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  • Nastassja Kinski

    as Tess Durbeyfield
  • Peter Firth

    as Angel Clare
  • Leigh Lawson

    as Alec Stokes-d'Urberville
  • John Collin

    as John Durbeyfield
  • Sylvia Coleridge

    as Mrs. d'Urberville
  • Richard Pearson

    as Vicar of Marlott
  • Tony Church

    as Parson Tringham
  • Carolyn Pickles

    as Marian
  • Suzanna Hamilton

    as Izz Huett
  • Caroline Embling

    as Retty
  • Lesley Dunlop

    as Girl in Henhouse
  • Maryline Even

    as Girl in Henhouse
  • Arielle Dombasle

    as Mercy Chant
  • John Bett

    as Felix Clare
  • Tom Chadbon

    as Cuthbert Clare
  • David Markham

    as Reverend Mr Clare
  • Pascale de Boysson

    as Mrs Clare
  • Fred Bryant

    as Dairyman Crick
  • Josine Comellas

    as Mrs Crick
  • John Barrett

    as Old Dairyhand
  • Anne Tirard

    as Old Dairy Hand
  • Dicken Ashworth

    as Farmer Groby
  • Patsy Rowlands

    as Landlady
  • Patsy Smart

    as Housekeeper
  • Brigid Erin Bates

    as Girl in meadow
  • Jeanne Biras

    as Girl in meadow
  • Gordon Richardson

    as Parson at Wedding
  • Peter Benson

    as Religious Fanatic
  • Jimmy Gardner

    as Pedlar
  • Keith Buckley

    as Postman
  • Forbes Collins

    as New Tenant
Camera Geoffrey Unsworth Director of Photography
Writing Gérard Brach Screenplay
Writing Roman Polanski Screenplay
Directing Roman Polanski Director
Costume & Make-Up Anthony Powell Costume Design
Art Jack Stephens Production Design
Camera Ghislain Cloquet Director of Photography
Art Pierre Guffroy Production Design
Sound Philippe Sarde Original Music Composer
Production Claude Berri Producer
Editing Tom Priestley Editor
Writing Thomas Hardy Novel
Crew Jennifer Patrick Dialogue Coach