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A Murder of Quality (1991)

Taken from the book by John le Carre, George Smiley rallies to the aid of his former intelligence colleague, Ailsa Brimley, to investigate a mysterious letter from a junion master's wife at... See full summary »

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Mad Janie
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Taken from the book by John le Carre, George Smiley rallies to the aid of his former intelligence colleague, Ailsa Brimley, to investigate a mysterious letter from a junion master's wife at Carne School - a boy's school. When Smiley goes to Carne to investigate, he finds the junior master's wife brutually murdered with her husband as one of the suspects. Smiley begins to scratch at the surface of the closed knit society of Carne and soon begins to find that things are not as they seem. Secret societies, sexual abuse, and a mysterious boy, Timothy Perkins, who is either another suspect, witness, or victim. Written by <73204.3701@compuserve.com>

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In the exclusive, private world of an English public school, everyone has a secret . . . . but someone has a motive. See more »

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The production featured three Academy Award nominees of whom two became Academy Award winners. Star Denholm Elliott had once been Oscar nominated, for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for a A Room with a View (1985), but did not win. Actress Glenda Jackson has been Oscar nominated four times, all during the 1970s, and prior to this tele-movie, and won the Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar twice. Actor Christian Bale has been Oscar nominated three times, all after A Murder of Quality (1991) had been made and debuted, and has won once, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. See more »

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Well Crafted Mystery
4 November 2008 | by (Taiwan) – See all my reviews

I saw this recently and remembered how good English TV drama can be. Denholm Elliot's Smiley is so good that I didn't even feel urged to compare it with Alec Guinness'. They both took the character on so well that in each case it was a very complete performance. They both captured the deceptively calm and inoffensive persona - and the sharp biting anger that seems to come from nowhere. The story is good, the mood and supporting cast are all tops. Some of the answers to the mystery can be picked up early on but who cares? The entire production is so well crafted that it's a pleasure just watching it all roll out scene by scene.


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