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P.D. James - A Certain Justice
PD James - A Certain Justice
Actor: Roy Marsden; Penny Downie; Ricci Harnett; Flora Montgomery; Frederick Treves; Matthew Marsh; Ian McNeice; Richard Huw; Ken Jones; Britta Smith; Sarah Winman; Philip Stone; Jerome Willis; Jamie Roberts (II); Miles Anderson; Trevor Martin; Janet Dale; Nina
Director: Ross Devenish
Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2005     2hr 40min

Top flight criminal attorney Venetia Aldridge (Penny Downie), a high-profile woman with an abrasive reputation and turbulent private life, has been found dead in her office, stabbed through the heart with her own paper kni...  more »

     
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Actor: Roy Marsden; Penny Downie; Ricci Harnett; Flora Montgomery; Frederick Treves; Matthew Marsh; Ian McNeice; Richard Huw; Ken Jones; Britta Smith; Sarah Winman; Philip Stone; Jerome Willis; Jamie Roberts (II); Miles Anderson; Trevor Martin; Janet Dale; Nina
Director: Ross Devenish
Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: WGBH Boston
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/06/2005
Original Release Date: 04/15/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 04/15/1999
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Heavy Duty
Noelle Eiram | Vermont, United States | 08/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"P. D. James is never afraid to tackle the dark side of human nature. In A Certain Justice, that is made apparant. It begins with the trial of Gary Ashe, an obvious psychopath who is accused of brutally killing his aunt. Venetia Aldridge, as usual, proves her expertise as a defense attourney by getting the young man off. She regrets it when she finds out that, only a week after the trial, he and her 18 year old daughter are "in love". That sends her into a slight state of hysterics. She turns to her married lover for help to find that he is dumping her. Now, throughout her lifetime, she had gathered many enemies, including her fellow lawyers. With all these terrible events in her life, she takes her anger and despair out on everyone more than ever. So it is no big surprise when she is found dead. Inspector Dagleish enters the story here. There are many likely suspects, but Dagleish thinks that this was a murder that came from the depths of someone's sorrow, not just ambition. The story also focuses on Ashe and Octavia Aldridge. Once again, an impeccably acted, very heart wrenching story is told with Inspector Dagleish. It made me read the book, and I was happy to see that it followed it very closely."
Another top adaptation of P D James's Books!
Wendy Laing | Roxburgh Park, Victoria Australia | 07/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This adaptation is very close to the original book and provides an insight into the 'Old Bailey' and the justice system. The series was filmed on location in the actual courts, and around the 'Lawyer's' haunts of inner London. The normally staid, conservative corridors of the members of the bar are thrust into a world of fear and horror, death and revenge, when one of their own is murdered in their chambers. The repercussions reververate further afield when the victim's daughter is also put into danger. It becomes a race against time to save her. Again, Roy Marsden portrays Alam Dalgliesh with his renowned flair. He is an accomplished actor who can portray an inner thought of Dalgliesh through a simple twitch of an eyebrow! The cast is excellent,and like Marsden, come from theatrical backgrounds, giving superb, clear diction, acting excellence and verisimilitude to the whole story. Only the English can make such a great mystery show seem so authentic. The evil murderer, Gary Ashe, and the bitchy, aloof Venetia Aldridge QC, the victim, are chillingly portrayed. Like the book, this adaptation elegantly shows the philosophical themes of the older P D James, as the story ends with a brilliant twist, that leaves the viewer wondering if justice has been served at all - or at best, only 'A Certain Justice.'"
Detective Inspector Adam Dalgliesh is confronted with a puzz
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 11/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Detective Inspector Adam Dalgliesh (so ably played by Roy Marsden) is confronted with a puzzling murder compounded by an over abundance of suspects in this superbly crafted television adaptation of P.D. James murder mystery "A Certain Justice". Set in the Old Bailey legal community deep in the heart of London, the victim is a successful but highly unpopular female barrister who is struck down in her office. She has made a lot of enemies in her career as a ruthlessly skilled defense attorney, and this along with the enmity and envy of her associates, make for a cast of memorable characters who have a motive for murder. The plot twists and turns are everything a fan of the "whodunnit" style of British mysteries could want. The ending is particularly impressive -- and unpredictable but logically consistent. As is usual with these British productions, the casting is perfect, the settings and sets are impeccably showcased, the dialogue and direction are flawless, and the whole storytelling experience is first rate. The DVD format allows for scene selection, closed captions, and even access to the "Mystery!" web site. With an approximate running time of three hours, "A Certain Justice" can be candidly and wholeheartedly recommended for inclusion into any personal or community library DVD collection.
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A Stunning Murder Mystery!
Midwest Book Review | 08/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Even though I only saw the First and Third parts of "A Certain Justice" it compelled me to watch with eager glance and pounding heart; I was completely spellbound by Danglishs detective ability to solve such a compelling MYSTERY! on PBS MYSTERY!"