Tom & Viv is a 1994 historical drama film directed by Brian Gilbert, based on the 1984 play of the same name by British playwright Michael Hastings about the early love life of American poet T. S. Eliot. The film stars Willem Dafoe, Miranda Richardson, Rosemary Harris, Tim Dutton, and Nickolas Grace.

Tom & Viv
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrian Gilbert
Screenplay byMichael Hastings
Adrian Hodges
Based onTom & Viv
by Michael Hastings
Produced byHarvey Kass
Marc Samuelson
Peter Samuelson
CinematographyMartin Fuhrer
Edited byTony Lawson
Music byDebbie Wiseman
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
  • December 2, 1994 (1994-12-02)
Running time
115 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
United States
Budget$7 million[1]
Box office$538,534[2]


The film tells the story of the relationship between T. S. Eliot and his first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot. They were married in 1915 after a brief courtship and, although they separated in 1933, they never divorced.[3]



The film received mixed reviews. It holds a 36% approval rating on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes, based on 14 reviews, with an average rating of 5.20/10.[4] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly praised the performances, but gave the film a B−, saying '[it] is the kind of sodden, tasteful, here-are-a-few-nasty-warts-to-chew-on biography that raises as many dramatic questions as it answers.'[5] Derek Elley of Variety admired the film's artistic aspirations and production values, but called it, 'a handsomely appointed but overly starchy love story that attains real clout only in the final reel.'[6]


The film was nominated for Academy Awards in the categories Best Actress in a Leading Role (Miranda Richardson) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rosemary Harris).

Year-end listsEdit


  1. ^ "The 10 Worst Movies to Receive Best Acting Nominations".
  2. ^ Tom & Viv at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Hastings, Michael. Tom and Viv. Penguin 1985, with an introduction by Hastings.
  4. ^ "Tom & Viv". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2021-07-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Tom and Viv". Entertainment Weekly. 17 February 1995.
  6. ^ Elley, Derek (15 April 1994). "Review: 'Tom & Viv'".
  7. ^ "Awards for 1994". National Board of Review. Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2020.

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