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In Roman Polanski's take on "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," impressionable young Tess (Nastassja Kinski) is sent by her alcoholic father to visit her rich relatives and apply for a job. She's taken in and immediately seduced by her cousin, Alec (Leigh Lawson), who leaves her pregnant. She keeps it to herself and, after the child dies, begins a relationship with a respectable farmer, Angel (Peter Firth). They marry, but when Angel learns of her speckled past, he's not sure he can live with it.

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Thursday October 25 1979
Duration: 170 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roman Polanski
Screenwriter: GĂ©rard Brach, Roman Polanski, John Brownjohn
Cast: Nastassja Kinski
Leigh Lawson
Peter Firth
John Collin
Richard Pearson
John Bett