Sean Maguire as Peter

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 95 min.
Release Date: August 21, 1992 (UK)
Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Producer(s): Patrick Cassavetti, Katy Mcguinness
Screenplay: Graham Swift, Peter Prince
Cast: Jeremy Irons, Sinéad Cusack, Ethan Hawke, John Heard, Grant Warnock, Lena Headey, Pete Postlethwaite, Cara Buono, David Morrissey, …


Tom Crick faces the latest in a long series of disappointments that form his life when the British teacher of history is forced into early retirement by the American high school where he works. Challenged by one of his students to make his subject relevant, as his final lecture the fraying Crick tells the history of the English marshlands known as The Fens. He spins a tale that begins before World War I and encompasses his family history, his childhood with his mentally challenged brother, and his romance with the beautiful girl who becomes his wife–now a deeply disturbed woman. In telling his story of incest, abortion, murder, domestic abuse, insanity and kidnapping, Crick gains an understanding of his tragic life as he pierces his students’ apathy. Based on the novel by Booker Prize-winning author Graham Swift.


Sean plays Peter, a childhood friend of Tom. Just like any pubescent teenage boy his mind is on girls and how to see them naked. He and his friends dare some girls to show them their private parts. The girls are smart though, one simply walks away, while the other dares the boys with a challenge. They have to work for it. Peter and his friends accept the challenge


  • Sean and David Morrissey also appear together in the movie The 7.39 in 2004.
  • The young actress playing Mary is Lena Headey, best known as the diabolical Cersei Lannister from Game Of Thrones.


  • Won Best Foreign Actor (Jeremy Irons) at Sant Jordi Awards in 1994