A Tale of Two Cities (1980 film)

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 Tale of Two Cities
Based onA Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens
Written byJohn Gay (screenplay)
Directed byJim Goddard
StarringChris Sarandon
Alice Krige
Composer(s)Allyn 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
ITC Entertainment Group
Granada International
Budget$5 million[1]
Original networkCBS
Original release
  • December 2, 1980 (1980-12-02) (USA)


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



Opening credits
Closing credits
  • Production Designer: John Stoll
  • Associate Producer: William Hill
  • Costume Designer: Olga Lehmann
  • Production Manager - England: Ray Frift
              - France: Dorothy Marchini
  • Assistant Director - England: Bert Batt
             - France: Carlo Lusticati
  • Art Director - England: Bill Bennison
          - France: Jean Boulet
  • Camera Operator: Tony White
  • Gaffer: John Fenner (uncredited)
  • Sound Recording: Cyril Swern
  • Dubbing Mixer: Trevor White
  • Sound Editor: John Ireland
  • Assistant Editor: Noel Rogers
  • Continuity: Doreen Soan
  • Make-Up: Robin Grantham, Lindy Shaw
  • Hairdressers: Jeanette Freeman, Dorothy Ioannou, Stephanie Hall
  • Wardrobe Supervisor: Paul Vachon
  • Wardrobe Mistress: Helen Gill
  • Casting Director: Irene Lamb
  • Set Decorator: Simon Wakefield
  • Property Master: Jack Townes
  • Construction Manager: Bill MacLaren
  • Supervising Electrician: John Fenner
  • Production Assistant: Liz Green
  • Production Accountant: Peter Harvey
  • Stills Photographer: Joe Pearce
  • Unit Publicist: Geoff Freeman
  • Special Effects Supervisor: John Richardson
  • Action Arranger: Gerry Crampton
  • Costumes by Bermans & Nathans Limited
  • Processed by Rank Film Laboratories Limited
  • Public Relations: Dennis Davidson Associates
  • Music Copyright © ITC Filmscores Limited 1980
  • Filmed on location in Paris, and London, and at Shepperton Studio Centre, England
  • A Norman Rosenmont Production in association with Marble Arch Productions
  • This program was recommended by the National Education Association
  • ITC Entertainment Group, Granada International


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


  1. 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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