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Brother Cadfael - The Virgin in the Ice
Brother Cadfael - The Virgin in the Ice
Actors: Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, Terrence Hardiman
Director: Sebastian Graham Jones
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2000     1hr 15min

Cadfael, a Benedictine monk at an abbey in Middle Ages Shrewsbury, solves crimes and murders. Genre: Mystery Rating: NR Release Date: 27-JUN-2000 Media Type: DVD


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Actors: Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Julian Firth, Mark Charnock, Terrence Hardiman
Director: Sebastian Graham Jones
Creator: Simon Burke
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Drama, All Made-for-TV Movies, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Acorn Media
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/27/2000
Original Release Date: 01/12/1995
Theatrical Release Date: 01/12/1995
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

One of Cadfael's best cases...
Dianne Foster | USA | 06/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Do you like BBC dramatizations with fine actors such as Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius) and Alan Rickman (Sense and Sensibility)? Do you like first class mystery stories you can watch over and over because the plots are complicated and you miss some of the detail the first or second time you see the film? Do you like romance and action set in the Middle Ages? Are you fascinated with daily life in a monastery and the fine art of healing with herbs and remedies learned by an ex-Crusader now turned healing monk? The time is the mid-1100s. Queen Maude and King Stephen, first cousins who each claim the throne of England, have divided the land in Civil War. "The Virgin in the Ice" is set in the town of Shrewsbury England, near the border with Wales. Brother Cadfael (Jacobi) is an ex-Crusader, who in his old age has become a member of the Abby of Saints Peter and Paul. When he was as a Crusader, Cadfael acquired the knowledge healing from Miriam, a woman he knew in the Holy Land (and the Biblical sense). He ministers to the monks at the abbey, the town folks, and any others who may need his services. One bleak mid-winter night, Cadfael's young assistant is found half frozen on a road near the abbey. He has been badly beaten and is semicomotose from a skull fracture. Cadfael nurses him back from death's door. Meanwhile, Brother Jerome, the abbey "snitch" and troublemaker overhears Cadfael's assistant ranting about a woman. Brother Jerome jumps to the conclusion the young man has done something very bad. The young monk had been in the company of a young noble woman and her tutor a young nun when last seen. Now he has been found alone. What could possibly have happened? Cadfael, being a careful and sensible monk does not jump to conclusions. He goes in search of clues. In the process of tracking footprints in the snow, and other traces of the party of travelers, Cadfael stumbles on a young boy who says he was overrun by brigands and separated from his sister and her tutor. Cadfael discovers the boy is the son of a nobleman loyal to Queen Maude's side of the civil dispute. En route back to the abbey, while crossing a stream, Cadfael spots a face peering up at him from the frozen water--a virgin in the ice. The rest of the story Cadfael tries to determine what happened. How did the young woman die? Who killed her? Where is the sister and where is the nun? Was the party attacked by King Stephen's loyalists? Was it attacked by a rebel band of ex-Crusaders who have become thieves and highwaymen? Did the young monk attack the women? How does the young nobelwoman's fiance figure into the equasion. And then, there's the mysterious young man with an olive complexion who was clearly a Crusader, and has orders to bring the young man and woman to a preselected destination south of Shrewsbury. "The Virgin in the Ice" was one of the best of the dramatizations of one of the best of Ellis Peters 20 volume series on Cadfael."
Excellent viewing for mystery fans
Lisa Shea | 11/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love the Brother Cadfael mysteries - I watched them on TV quite a few times and when the DVDs became available I ordered them immediately. Brother Cadfael is a Benedictine monk living during the war-torn years of the middle ages. Stationed in England but of Welsh descent, he was a crusader during his middle years and therefore has knowledge of both the outer world as well as the church life.This episode shows that life 'back then' wasn't always quiet and peaceful. Two children are lost, nuns are violated and killed, ransom and murder are the items of the day. Even with these rough acts going on, men and women find ways to show compassion and love.It is one of the earlier episodes, with the set and costumes being perhaps a bit sparklier than they need to be, but the acting is fantastic and the plot great as well. The atmosphere is also wonderful. This is one of my favorite episodes because of a sub-plot with the mysterious crusader who helps find the children - quite special. There are many weavings going on in this story, and the tapestry they create is truly beautiful."
One of the better entries
A. Hogan | Brooklyn, NY USA | 01/19/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Brother cadfael, 12th ecntury benedictine monk and herbalist of the abbey of St Peterand St Paul, of Shrewsbury has been transformed into life by Sir Derek jacobi,and in a way, has become his as much as his creators,Ellis Peters. In this entry,the civil war raging between King Stephen and Empress Maud[never far from any of the 20 stories]is raging on...It opens with Brother oswin,cadfaels clumsly,sweet novice wandering about in a snowstorm,then coming uopn a gropup of badints, and being beaten and stabbed and left for dead. A missing pair of teens,their teacher{a nun}, a lord,some wayward crusaders,another crusader and our intrepid slueth are intertwined very well. The scene of the frozen corpse being melted by candle while gregorian chant in sung is very well done,though much of the snowfall looks like soap flakes. The acting is first rate. Jacobi has done, to the same degree with a lesser literary figure, what the late Sir Alec Guiness did with John Le Carre's Geroge Smiley: made him so much his own it is difficult to distinguish between the two.There are a couple of surprises here, a twist at the end,and a satisfying conclusion to this chapter. The video is not vey well filmed at least my dvd was poorly shot. I do not think it was the transfer,I think it was the quality of the original recording. I have vhs copies of this series that are much better productions. Also, there are no special features worth talking about. So to sum up, nice storyline, superb acting from Jacobi,interesting moments,poor quality recording."
Lisa Shea | 07/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Yes Cadfael is great.Derek Jacobi has immense presence.He grabs your attention easily even when he is giving the audio only interview that is part of the extras of this DVD.It's the usual BBC production and it has that TV/BBC production look to it.Sometimes it looks like the plot is being hurried to fit in the required TV time constraints of the series, but that can be a bonus for some."