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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Actor: Jill Scott
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
PG     2009     7hr 31min

Based on the best-selling novels by Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies? Detective Agency tells the uplifting fictional story of a Botswana woman who fulfills a longtime dream ? and bucks daunting odds ? by opening he...  more »


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Actor: Jill Scott
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: HBO
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/08/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 7hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 30
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Wonderful rendition of a wonderful book
Kali | United Kingdom | 08/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Okay so it doesn't follow the book entirely but I really enjoyed it, almost as much as I have enjoyed the books over the years.

It has been shown on English TV already so this will contain spoilers.

The movies follows a recently bereaved woman Mma Ramotste, well acted by the little known actress Jill Scott as she sets up the only Private Detective Agency in Botswana and her attempts to get it off the ground with the help of her new secretary Mma Makutsi played by the versatile Anika Noni Rose, and Mr JLB Matekoni, the owner and super mechanic of the wonderful Speedy Motors, played by Lucian Msamati. Follow Mma Ramotste as she takes on cases, meets many new people who need her help from a woman who thinks the man who has turned up at her door is not her father, to another lady who has a boyfriend who may or may not be faithful to her.

Filmed in Botswana and South Africa, the film tries to be as faithful as it can be to McCall Smith's books and I loved every second of it!

This is the pilot movie for a new series, so lets hope it is successful!"
The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency
Susanne Servin | NY,USA | 03/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw the premier of the Mc Call Smith "the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency on HBO - it was a wonderful production and the cast fit my imagined characters perfectly (I have read all eight books in this series). I can only recommend this to readers and viewers as a great experience."
C. Lewis | 05/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Its a shame that people who have read the books are comparing it to the HBO version. I haven't read the books, so I am seeing it with fresh, unbiased eyes. I LOVE IT!!! It is well acted, funny, and it transports you to a wonderful and beautiful place where people live regular lives who have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else in the world. I can't wait til next season!"
Complete First Season
B. Sparks | 06/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I see there is some confusion in some of the other reviews of this fantastic show whether or not the sale of this DVD is for the pilot only or the complete first season. I was confused at first, myself, until I enlarged the picture of the DVD advertised and under the title it clearly states "Complete First Season" so I can only surmise from this that I will receive all 7 shows on this one DVD that I have pre-ordered. I hope you are all able to come to this same conclusion, as well. This is one of the best shows I've ever encountered and cannot wait for the 2nd Season to start."