A Tale of Two Cities (1980 film)

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A Tale of Two Cities
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Genre Drama
Based on A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens
Written by John Gay (screenplay)
Directed by Jim Goddard
Starring Chris Sarandon
Alice Krige
Theme music composer Allyn Ferguson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Norman Rosemont
William Hill (assistant producer)
Cinematography Tony Imi
Editor(s) Bill Blunden
Running time 162 minutes
Production company(s) Hallmark Hall of Fame
Marble Arch Productions
Norman Rosemont Productions
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release
  • December 2, 1980 (1980-12-02) (USA)

A Tale of Two Cities is a 1980 American made-for-television historical drama film[1] 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.


Dickens' London-lawyer hero (Chris Sarandon) makes the ultimate sacrifice for the woman he loves in Paris during the Reign of Terror.[2]



  1. ^ "A Tale of Two Cities". Shout Factory. 1980. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "A Tale of Two Cities - 1980 Movie Summary". Next Guide. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 

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