Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Joan Plowright, Mia Farrow, Natasha Richardson, Adrian Dunbar, Jim Broadbent
Director: John Irvin
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
When a sexy stranger moves to a lovely irish town she turns it upside down with devious lies and shocking secrets. Seducing the men and enraging the women she unleases a major scandal. The scheme is finally exposed. Studi... more »
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Irish Flair | San Diego, CA | 01/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a top rate murder-comedy that more movies should be like. Think of the movie "Clue" only in Ireland. OK... so the main performers are mostly English with an American thrown in for good measure -- still, it's set in Ireland with many talented Irish actors involved and the humor is as Irish as it gets! ("Back that at 8 to 1, ya bollix.") Each non-Irish actor is thoroughly convincing though and I had no clue that Natasha Richardson wasn't born in America her accent is that good!The movie itself is set in Ireland with all the beautiful rolling hills, quaint towns (Inistioge? Help me out, people...) and scenic lakes that country has to offer. I can watch this movie over and over for the background alone - and often do. The twist had the end is one you'll never see coming which makes the movie that much the better.If you love great acting, Ireland, mystery and a good laugh then watch this film. And be sure to bug New Line Studios for a DVD version!!"
Bruce Kendall | Southern Pines, NC | 06/25/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Don't give up on this film. There may be several times where you may want to, but trust me, there will be a pay off and a great ending, should you ride it out. That and the fact that this is a cast you just can't assemble these days! Excelllence all around. Acting. Screenplay. Directing. Just get it! Or if you don't get it, you really don't "get it."
Excellent comedic mystery... on an Excellent DVD
dooby | 04/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This excellent comedic mystery takes a dig at the social hypocrisy permeating small town life in 1920s Ireland. Into their prim and proper society, a mystery, a scandal and even a murder descends. In the little lakeside town of Kilshannon, a group of widows lord it over the townsfolk. Led by Mrs. Counihan (Joan Plowright), they hold themselves apart from the town's men and others of lesser ilk. Their life is turned upside down with the arrival of a young English widow (Natasha Richardson) who instantly ensnares the Matriach's only son. But one of the clique, Miss O'Hare (Mia Farrow) holds an instant dislike to the new arrival. What lies behind the mysterious animosity between the two. What hold does the penniless, tart-tongued Miss O'Hare have over the rest of the widows? Will their mutual antipathy lead to murder? As an oh-so-genteel, parlour mystery it works deliciously. Savour the final twist at the end.
This DVD release from New Line Entertainment is one of the most beautiful transfers I've seen in a long while. The original photography of the Irish countryside, resplendant in greens and blues is exquisitely rendered in this transfer. Colors are gorgeously rich and natural. Black levels are perfect. The level of fine detail is revelatory. It's a joy just to watch the scenery unfold onscreen. It is presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (enhanced for widescreen TV). Soundwise we are given a choice of 5.1 DTS, Dolby 5.1, and the original Dolby Stereo. All in, an absolutely admirable release from New Line. Definitely worth the asking price."
A charming, gentle comedy
greiber_and_rudolph | Pittsburgh, PA | 12/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Widow's Peak continues to stand out as one of the most delicately charming, and above all, funny movies of the last twenty years. This well-told tale thoroughly transports you to an Irish hamlet dominated by landowning widows (headed by the ever-quirky Joan Plowright) and concerns the town secret - why the snobbish women have taken poor-as-Job Mia Farrow under their wing, and the arrival of mysterious young widow Natasha Richarson to stir things up. Delightful characterizations and turns of the phrase will make you chuckle throughout and leave you smiling for days. With Jim Broadbent."