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Cause Celebre
Cause Celebre
Actors: Helen Mirren, David Morrissey, David Suchet, Harry Andrews, Norma West
Director: John Gorrie
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
NR     2005     1hr 49min

The true story of Love, Lust and Murder that obsessed a nationIt?s 1935. The headlines scream "murder most foul." All England is boiling with fury ? scandalized by the "crime of the decade." Cause Célèbre is an emotionally...  more »

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Actors: Helen Mirren, David Morrissey, David Suchet, Harry Andrews, Norma West
Director: John Gorrie
Creators: Malcolm Harrison, Trevor Vaisey, Kevin Waters, John Rosenberg, Ken Taylor, Terence Rattigan
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/06/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/1987
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1987
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 49min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

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.