Back to the Secret Garden

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Back to the Secret Garden ★★½ 2001

Well-meaning but dull sequel based on characters from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It's now the 1940s and sullen Mary has grown into the elegant Lady Mary (Lunghi), the wife of the ambassador to the U.S. Mistlethwaite has turned into a sunny English orphanage that is run by Martha (Plowright). Lady Mary arranges for Brooklyn-born orphan Lizzie (Buelle) to join their little band, and the young girl just happens to be a gardening whiz. Which is a good thing, since Mary's special garden been badly neglected once again. 100m/C VHS, DVD . Camilla Belle, Cherie Lunghi, Joan Plo-wright, David Warner, Leigh Lawson, Florence Hoath; D: Michael Tuchner; W: Joe Wiesenfeld; C: Ian Wilson. CABLE