Ben Kingsley is a great actor. His performance in this 1985 BBC production of Silas Marner carries the film. Overall, this is a great story, and the movie matches the pace and tone of the novel quite well, but, that said, the pace and tone of the book is slow and a little dark. So unless you're a fan of the book, or you like Masterpiece Theater-type movies, this may not be the movie for you.
Bottom line, 2 1/2 stars.