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Inspector Morse - Happy Families
Inspector Morse - Happy Families
Actors: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Colin Dexter, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe
Director: Adrian Shergold
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2003     1hr 43min

Studio: Bfs Ent & Multimedia Limi Release Date: 07/01/2003 Run time: 100 minutes


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Actors: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Colin Dexter, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe
Director: Adrian Shergold
Creators: Colin Dexter, Peter Greenhalgh, Peter Krook, Deirdre Keir, Ted Childs, Daniel Boyle
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Bfs Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 07/01/2003
Original Release Date: 02/04/1988
Theatrical Release Date: 02/04/1988
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 43min
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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