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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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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19 July 1985 (USA)  »

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The film's "Wetherby" title refers to a town and parish in the City of Leeds borough of West Yorkshire in England. Show-business trade paper 'Variety' in its review reported that "the title refers to a small town in the northeastern county of Yorkshire". See more »

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Roger Braithwaite: They say that murderers are drawn to the second-hand. There's a theory that murder is characteristically committed by people who handle other people's things... in second-hand clothes shops, junk shops, markets.
Roger Braithwaite: Self improvement, that's another hallmark. People who teach themselves things at home, at night... theories they only half understand. Informal education- a fantasy life of singular intensity
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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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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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