A Tale of Two Cities (1980 film)

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A Tale of Two Cities
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Based onA Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens
Written byJohn Gay (screenplay)
Directed byJim Goddard
StarringChris Sarandon
Alice Krige
Theme music composerAllyn Ferguson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Norman Rosemont
William Hill (assistant producer)
CinematographyTony Imi
Editor(s)Bill Blunden
Running time162 minutes
Production company(s)Hallmark Hall of Fame
Marble Arch Productions
Norman Rosemont Productions
Budget$5 million[1]
Original networkCBS
Original release
  • December 2, 1980 (1980-12-02) (USA)

A Tale of Two Cities is a 1980 American made-for-television historical drama film[2] directed by Jim Goddard and starring Chris Sarandon, who plays dual roles as two characters who are in love with the same woman. It is based on the Charles Dickens novel of the same name set in the French Revolution.


A London-lawyer(Sydney Carton) makes the ultimate sacrifice for the woman he loves in Paris during the Reign of Terror.[3]



Producer Norman Rosemont specialised in adaptations of classic novels. Most of the $5 million budget came from Hallmark Greeting Cards.[1]


  1. ^ a b Why Norman Rosemont Likes to Film the Classics: Norman Rosemont's TV Films By DAVID LEWIN. New York Times 23 Nov 1980: D35.
  2. ^ "A Tale of Two Cities". Shout Factory. 1980. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  3. ^ "A Tale of Two Cities - 1980 Movie Summary". Next Guide. Archived from the original on 2014-12-16. Retrieved 16 December 2014.

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