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Inspector Morse - Deadly Slumber
Inspector Morse - Deadly Slumber
Actors: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Colin Dexter, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2003     1hr 42min

No Description Available. Genre: Mystery Rating: NR Release Date: 30-SEP-2003 Media Type: DVD


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Actors: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Colin Dexter, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe
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: 09/30/2003
Original Release Date: 02/04/1988
Theatrical Release Date: 02/04/1988
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Morse at his best, part two
Richard James Winters III | Kettering, OH United States | 08/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Inspector Morse series is one of the greatest in detective drama. While Colin Dexter's books are marvels of intricate (and occasionally bizarre) plot twists, the movies focus more on the characters involved...and in this movie (and "Who Killed Harry Field") especially so. The mystery is good, but the kinship between Morse and chief suspect Michael Steppings is best thing about this particular episode. It's one of those great films where the bad guys and good guys seem to have reversed roles, and the whole mystery hinges on one small slip...#2 on the list of the five greatest Morses!"
Revenge and retribution
Pamela Williams | Saginaw, Texas USA | 09/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the finest Morse episodes for a number of reasons. One characteristic of this entry is that the viewer is exposed to a number of false leads and to elements of evidence which either point to criminality or to innocence-- only to find that the seemingly obvious conclusions yielded by the evidence have been premature and inaccurate. The plot basically involves the possibility that a wealthy man, whose daughter suffered irreversible brain damage during a minor operation, has decided to take vengeance on the medical personnel involved in the surgery. When the surgeon who performed the operation is found dead in his own garage, the grief stricken father (Michael Steppings) becomes a prime suspect in the murder case. As the investigation unfolds, we learn that there are two or three other people, including the surgeon's wife and son, who had a possible motive to murder the good doctor. In the final analysis, the viewer is exposed to a premeditated and carefully constructed plot to inveigle the police and to destroy the lives and/or reputations of those involved in the botched surgical procedure. Naturally, he who would seek to take vengeance on others must be prepared for the possibility that he, himself, will suffer some form of retribution. The end is predictable-- with the architect of the diabolical revenge scheme experiencing "justice" rendered by one of his intended victims. As played by Brian Cox, the character of Michael Steppings is someone we are forced to sympathize with, even if we cannot condone the measures he takes to punish the medical malefactors. In this episode, even Morse displays a level of emotional involvement which is unusual. Two murders are solved in this episode, with one solution aided by a small detail (a scene in a painting) which does not escape the shrewd analysis of Inspector Morse. All things considered, this really is one of the best entries in the Morse series and is characterized by outstanding performances in the lead roles."
And Then There Were Two
William J. Thor | Vero Beach | 07/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This compact entry features a relatively small cast of major participants - one is in hospital, brain dead, while another is murdered during the opening scenes, leaving four suspects. A heart attack eliminates one more, and a second murder brings our number to two. This size cast makes it easy to follow their movements; but the plot is so well done we are left in the dark as to the fate of the last two until all is revealed. Morse and the father of the brain dead girl find crosswords and pubs in common - Morse also forms an empathetic attachment to the father as he sees how the father is overwhelmed with the condition of his daughter. One of those involved is a part time artist and it is one of her paintings that provides a significant clue to aid Morse. James Grout, one of our recurring characters, participates in this one -- more so then any of his many other appearances. Of the guest stars Brian Cox as Michael Steppings is outstanding. This variation on Morse mysteries is another one of our top ten."
Rock-solid mystery
Richard B. Schwartz | Columbia, Missouri USA | 08/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While I prefer the Morse episodes that involve philosophic talk, Deadly Slumber is a rock-solid mystery. The report of a putative suicide is investigated. The dead man is a doctor who has, with his wife, been operating a private clinic. They have a son doing a D.Phil in philosophy at Oxford. Morse thinks the suicide is hinky and the coroner confirms his suspicions. The man was killed. But whodidit? The prime suspect is the father of a young woman consigned to a vegetative state as the result of botched, simple surgery at the clinic. Then things get interesting, as Morse develops a relationship with the suspect and his ventilator-dependent daughter. The script by Daniel Boyle is superb--a sort of Prime Suspect without the edgy language and the frenetic action. There's no anger here; we've moved past it. The script takes the few possible suspects and crafts from that list a complex, plausible, striking but not surprising mystery story. The prime suspect is played by Brian Cox, here in a very soft, touching mode. All in all a mystery lover's delight."