The Secret Garden (Film) Gennie James, Barret Oliver, Jadrien Steele, Michael Horden, Billie Whitelaw, Derek Jacobi, Colin Firth.
The film, The Secret Garden, is based on the classic children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is one of several versions of the classic on film.
A young girl, living in India, is left orphaned when her parents die in a plague. She is sent back to England to live in a rural mansion, where she lives with friends of the family. Her guardian is a strange, distant man, Archibald Craven, who is an invalid. At first, Mary, taken care of the servants and housekeeper, is willful and uncooperative. Mary begins to make friends with a local boy who seems to understand nature and animals. And she begins to investigate the secrets of the house—strange noises in the night and the a secret closed-in garden. The noises, it turns out, come from the son of her guardian, who stays in bed and who believes that he is growing a "hump" on his back like his father's. Mary sees that the son, whose name is Colin, is spoiled, and she becomes a positive force, encouraging him to try things and break out of his invalid life. Mary, Dickon, and Colin begin to work clandestinely to restore the garden, with Colin gradually gaining strength and confidence as the garden returns to life. When Colin's father unexpectedly returns home, he finds his son miraculously restored to health.
This version of Secret Garden features a young and very handsome Colin Firth for a total of 1 minute and 25 seconds of screen time--at the very end of the film. Colin Firth plays the adult Colin Craven.