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House of Cards Trilogy, Vol. 2 - To Play the King
House of Cards Trilogy Vol 2 - To Play the King
Actors: Ian Richardson, Michael Kitchen, Kitty Aldridge, Colin Jeavons, Diane Fletcher
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2003     3hr 35min

Ian Richardson (From Hell, M. Butterfly) returns as villainous statesman Francis Urquhart in this acclaimed sequel to the Masterpiece Theater thriller House of Cards. The sardonic statesman's Machiavellian schemes have br...  more »

     
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Actors: Ian Richardson, Michael Kitchen, Kitty Aldridge, Colin Jeavons, Diane Fletcher
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/26/2003
Original Release Date: 10/08/1996
Theatrical Release Date: 10/08/1996
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 3hr 35min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Punchy
Jeremy Priest | 07/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a four-part BBC television series, broadcast in America on PBS. It is the successor of "House of Cards" and the predecessor of "The Final Cut" and the best of the three series. It concerns a malevolent power-hungry Tory Prime Minister who clashes with a compassionate king. The dialogue is witty and fast-paced. The series has no redeeming social value: it's fun."
Absolutely Brilliant
Jeremy D. Weinstein | Walnut Creek, CA USA | 09/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the best of the three- the first two are great, the third is to be missed. The viewer is drawn into the villainy of an evil PM with Shakespeareian ease and expertise. I disagree with a comment of a prior reviewer that there is "no redeeming social value." In fact, the point - power corrupts, often irredeemably so- is probably too obvious to mention. Any failure of the subplots to tie together completely at the end is far outweighed by the brilliantly protrayed spectacle of evil."
The Best from the Brits
Quilterski | Central NY | 02/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"To enjoy this series, you need to like subtle, stabbing humor, a phenomenal cast, unique camera perspectives, and a great script. I saw this series when it first aired (more years ago than I care to remember!) and never forgot it. Now my whole family is hooked too, and we re-watch every few months just because it is so incredibly well done. I love the way the cast plays to each other, and it seems as though they chose the perfect person for each role. I just wish the BBC would release it on DVD before my tapes fail!"
Fantastic Series
Jeremy Priest | Fairfax,VA | 07/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ian Richardson is an absolute dynamo as Francis Urquehart, a proud and ruthless politician who puts Macbeth to shame in the ambitions department. The humor is witty and biting, and the show is riveting from start to finish. And Richardson is so convincing as the vile Urquehart that you just cant help rooting for him."