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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Cathy Sandford ... Lily Whitmore

Nathaniel Parker ... Lionel Filmore
James Gaddas ... Joe Skinner
Bob Smeaton ... Fred Skinner
Brian Hogg ... Bill Whitmore
Mo Harold ... Annie Whitmore
Anne Jameson ... Ma Skinner

Samantha Bond ... Bridget Mordaunt
Roger Avon ... George Fields
Peggy Shields ... Peg the Maid

Tara Fitzgerald ... Victoria Mordaunt
Preston Lockwood ... Bright

Denholm Elliott ... William Filmore
Robert Hines ... Douglas Filmore

Siân Phillips ... Daisy Barnett
Mark Elstob ... Bernard Barnett
Simon Waters ... Simon Barnett
Alexander Hanson ... Richard Kemp
Les Wilde ... Police Sergeant
Colin MacLachlan ... Police Inspector
Bryan Coleman ... Judge
Jon Cartwright ... Prosecuting Counsel
Peter Cellier ... Defence Counsel
John B. Kirtley ... Clerk of Court
Roger Hempsall ... Jury Foreman
Danny Dean ... Jimmy the Groom
Maurice O. Iley ... Sam the Mason (as Maurice D. Iley)
Emma Babington ... Daisy's Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dylan Barnes ... Slater (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Battersby 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Catherine Cookson  novel
Gordon Hann 

Produced by
Michael Chaplin .... executive producer
Victor Glynn .... co-producer: Portman Entertainment
Ray Marshall .... executive producer
Ray Marshall .... producer
Original Music by
Dominic Muldowney 
Cinematography by
Ken Morgan 
Film Editing by
Andrew Nelson 
Production Design by
Ashley Wilkinson 
Costume Design by
Linda Mattock 
Makeup Department
Jennifer Boost .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Don Bell .... production manager
Susie Bruffin .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nael Abbas .... third assistant director
Tommy Gormley .... second assistant director
Peter McLeese .... first assistant director
Peter McLeese .... second unit director
Sound Department
Ian Frame .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Campbell .... gaffer
Alistair McKenzie .... camera operator
Jim Will .... key grip
Other crew
Victor Glynn .... sales agent
Pauline Hume .... title designer
Charles Llewellyn .... location manager
Amanda Newland .... assistant manager

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USA:103 min
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British drama, 28 January 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Based on the novel by Catherine Cookson, "The Black Candle" from 1991 stars Cathy Sandford, Nathaniel Parker, James Gaddas, Denholm Elliott, and Sian Phillips. This isn't a slicked up British upper class drama like "Downton Abbey" -- rather, it's the story of a man with black, uncontrolled anger episodes (Nathaniel Parker) and how he affects those around him.

The film focuses on two sets of brothers in 1880s Yorkshire: the upper class but impoverished Lionel (Parker) and Douglas Filmore (Robert Hines) and the lower class Skinner brothers, Joe (Gaddas) and Fred (Bob Smeaton).

When the brutal Lionel gets Lily Whitmore (Cathy Sandford) pregnant, Joe Skinner marries her to give the child a name. Lionel is out to marry Victoria Mordaunt (Tara Fitzgerald), a guileless young woman whose aunt, Bridget (Samantha Bond) is a successful businesswoman.

Joe's brother knows the truth about the baby and tries to blackmail Lionel; he pays with his life, and Joe is accused. Joe worked for Bridget, and she doesn't believe he's capable of murder. She wants to know the truth.

This is kind of a "what goes around comes around" type story, with Parker playing a vicious man with a dreadful temper who comes up against his sculptor brother, his father, and the determined Bridget, even as he victimizes his wife and romances a woman 30 years his senior (Sian Phillips).

The script could have been better - this is one story that might have benefited from being done in two parts if not more. We don't get much buildup to some of the events; they happen rather suddenly.

Needless to say, the acting across the line is terrific. I thought Parker had a bad temper on "Inspector Lynley" - as Lynley he comes off mild-mannered compared to his performance in this. He's incredibly young here, too, and very handsome.

"The Black Candle," as befits the title, has a dark, heavy atmosphere and a couple of terribly violent scenes. It's good, but not great; we're used to only the best coming across the pond. This is good, but it's not Masterpiece Theatre.

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