Oscar and Lucinda

Synopsis: In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him through a sign to leave his father and his faith and join the Church of England. Lucinda is a teen-aged Australian heiress who has an almost desperate desire to liberate her sex from the confines of the male-dominated culture of the Australia of that time. She buys a glass factory and has a dream of building a church made almost entirely of glass, and then transporting it to Bellingen, a remote settlement on the north coast. Oscar and Lucinda meet on a ship going to Australia; once there, they are for different reasons ostracized from society, and as a result "join forces" together. Oscar and Lucinda are both passionate gamblers, and Lucinda bets Oscar her entire inheritance that he cannot transport the glass church to the Outback safely. Oscar accepts her wager, and this leads to the events that wil
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Gillian Armstrong
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
132 min

I would have no

story to tell you...

if my great-grandfather

had not wagered everything...

to bring that church here

to the Bellinger River.

Or if Lucinda Leplastrier

had not been given a Prince Rupert's drop.


Happy birthday, Lucinda.

It's beautiful.

- Your own Rupert's drop.

- Careful, not too tight.


- See? Not even with the hammer.

- I'll try the ax.

Lucinda, try the pliers.

- I like it just as it is.

- Go on.

- Take the plunge.

- You'll see.

- Just there.

- One, two, three.


My great-grandfather, Oscar Hopkins,

had skin like his mother's.

Although the cancer had been removed

by acid dropped onto her tender skin...

she had died anyway.



Leave me!

- Oscar!

- Papa!

The sea, from then on,

would always smell of death to Oscar.

It shall be a day

like any other of the Almighty's days.

There will be no mockery of the Almighty

with pagan rituals.

Others may judge and laugh...

But they are in a darkness

of their own making...

And will burn in hell.

"And the light shineth in the darkness...

"and the darkness comprehended it not. "


We shall not use the name,

the popish name others confer upon it.

Christ's Mass.

You have reclassified

your mama's buttons.

Yes, Father.

The taxonomic principle being color...

With the spectrum from left to right.

With size the second principle of order.

Very good.

- All right.

- "Give me neither poverty nor riches.

"Feed me with food convenient to me. "

- Amen.

- Amen.

Excuse me, sir, would Master Hopkins

help with the pigswill?

Very well.


What is it?

- It's Christmas pudding.

- For you.

Eat up.

This is the food of Satan.

Sir, it be Christmas Day.

Some call it that, but none in my employ.

Well, Master Hopkins...

You will be a good helper

and fetch up the specimen buckets.

Oscar had tasted the pudding.

It did not taste like the fruit of Satan.

Dear God...

If it is your desire

that your flock eat pudding...

In celebration of thy birth as a man...

Then show thy humble supplicant a sign.

Dear God...

If it be thy will

that thy people eat pudding, smite him.

Oscar was frightened

by what he had begun.

The Brethren.




Now his father no longer knew

the true will of God...

Oscar devised a way

of asking the question directly.

Show me a sign that thou talkest to me.

Please, dear God, no.

God repeated the message

again and again:


One, two, three, four, five, six...

Oscar did not wish to leave

the shelter of the Plymouth Brethren...

but this was where God wished him to go.

That is precisely my point, Hugh.

Divine grace cannot be sought. It is given.

Look, Betty. It's a new crack.

Look, it is new.

- Stop. You'll make it worse.

- They appear overnight.

Do you know how much

was in the plate this morning?

The walls have always been damp.

We haven't died from it.

That dissenter steals our congregation,

one by one.

We'll have nothing, while he gets fat.

- That's his boy.

- So it is.

- Hugh, your back!

- Go on, go home. Go away!

Get off my lettuces! Off!

Wait! I am called.

I am called.

- They're only raisins.

- He's probably unfamiliar with them.

What will your poor father do?

Think of the pain you will cause him.

I know. But he is in error, you see.

He is not saved.

But still, you will go home to him.

I cannot, no matter how much I want to.

Surely your father loves you.

Yes. Very much.

I also love him.

But, Hugh, the cost.

- The boy is called.

- In what sense, "called"?

He's called to Holy Orders.

You've had three glasses, Hugh.

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