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Cause célèbre (1989)

When a woman's husband is murdered by her lover, they are both tried for murder. The prosecution claims that she is the mastermind behind the crime, but she has an ace up her sleeve.

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Alma Rattenbury
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Francis Rattenbury
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T.J. O'Connor K.C.
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George Bowman
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Irene Riggs
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Mr. Justice Humphreys
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R.P. Croom Johnson K.C.
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J.D. Casswell
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Joan Webster
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Constable Bagwell
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Inspector Carter
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Christopher
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Little John
Adam Blackwood ...
Ewan Montagu
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E. Marshall Harvey
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When a woman's husband is murdered by her lover, they are both tried for murder. The prosecution claims that she is the mastermind behind the crime, but she has an ace up her sleeve.

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4 May 1989 (Poland)  »

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Causa célebre  »

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The story is based on the true story of the murder of Francis Rattenbury, and is faithful to the facts. However George's surname had to be changed as the real person (George Percy Stoner) was alive when the play was written and when the TV adaptation was produced. See more »

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Music by Haydn Wood
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Bit of a Snore-fest
27 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

Helen Mirren is wonderful, in fact all the actors are excellent in their roles but good acting does not a good film make. There also needs to be great directing and writing to make a film great and at the heart of this production is a poorly written storyline that builds no suspense or offers any surprise. The lack of mystery and passion caused me to lose interest in the story, but the book I read about this event kept me reading until the end. This film tells us very little about Mr. Rattenbury's background and what we are told about Mrs. Rattenbury is irrelevant to the story. Who is the maid/companion and maybe we could see a more passionate chauffeur...

Artistic and technical merit are also necessary for a great production and this film suffers from having been shot on video, which is distracting and immediately pegs the film as a 1970s or 1980s British television production.

This film could be remade. There is great potential for a story that captures the 'cause celebe' of the original murder and trial, like Changling... any takers?


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