The mysterious death of an enigmatic young man newly arrived in the suburb of Wetherby releases the long-repressed, dark passions of some of its residents.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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The mysterious death of an enigmatic young man newly arrived in the suburb of Wetherby releases the long-repressed, dark passions of some of its residents.

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Drama | Mystery

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19 July 1985 (USA)  »

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Il mistero di Wetherby  »

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The film won in a tie with Die Frau und der Fremde (1985) ("The Woman and The Stranger") the prestigious Golden Bear Award for Best Motion Picture at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1985. See more »

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Stanley Pilborough: When you're a boy, you think oh it's so easy... always wipe the slate and move on. Then with the years you find you've become a prisoner of dreams.
Jean Travers: The girl ran away this morning.
Stanley Pilborough: Goodluck to her.
Jean Travers: Yes. Goodluck.
Stanley Pilborough: [raising a toast] To all our escapes.
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The cast credits are divided up into groups under the following headings: The Wetherby Characters; In the Past; The School; Miss Travers' Class; The Police; and From the University of Essex. See more »

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References Gandhi (1982) See more »

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Haunting, but occasionally maudlin
19 May 2005 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Besides qualms with the musical score, Wetherby has a killer script, intriguing editing, fantastic acting (Vanessa Redgrave is incredible), and a compelling idea driving the film. The echoes of film noir in the intense, high-contrast lighting and the starkness of the violence was perfect, especially when combined with naked silence. It is more than a story about a disturbed young man who shoots himself in front of an aging school teacher, Jean Travers (Redgrave). That comes early in the film. It is about the psychological consequences for Jean in her life and past, violently revealed through that shocking act. Life can never be normal again. Beneath even the most pleasant veneer lurks sadness, secrets, and dark sexuality.


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