Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Helen Mirren, David Morrissey, David Suchet, Harry Andrews, Norma West
Director: John Gorrie
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
The magnificent Helen Mirren soars through British TV movie Cause Célèbre, a true-life story of a scandalous murder in 1930s England. Soon after Alma Rattenbury (Mirren) hires an 18-year-old named Bowman (David Morrissey... more »
Uneven is the Keyword
Kino | S.F., CA USA | 02/09/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Helen Mirren can always dazzle; all these Brits are so well trained but this vehicle is not up to their talents. David Morrissey looks promising, but is uneven in this part. He's good playing innocent but I didn't buy his character's evil side. It may be the fault of the screen play. They managed to take an interesting (true) story and totally muddle it. I'd love to see this re-made for the big screen."
NOT a murder "mystery" as such
Barbara B. | Oregon, USA | 10/16/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
If you are thinking about watching this movie, just be aware that it is NOT a murder "mystery" as such. Unfortunately, I got it thinking it was more of an Agatha Christie type story, and spent the entire time trying to figure out who really "done it." I was very disappointed when the typical twists and turns of a true mystery didn't materialize.
If my expectations had been different, I might have enjoyed this movie more. The set design was superb, as was most of the acting and the dialog (although, without subtitles, the British accent was a bit difficult for me to understand at times). But, on the other hand, I might have been disappointed anyway, since the story is somewhat disjointed and I never bought into the relationships between the characters (the two mismatched lovers, the husband and wife, the wife and 'companion' etc.)
The story might have been true, but that doesn't necessarily make it a good movie.