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Writers (WGA):
Arturo Pérez-Reverte (novel)
Michael Hirst (screenplay) ...
Release Date:
5 January 1995 (Germany) See more »
While restoring an old painting showing a woman and two men playing chess, Julia discovers the text "Who killed the knight" underneath the paint... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Kate Beckinsale ... Julia

John Wood ... Cesar

Sinéad Cusack ... Menchu
Paudge Behan ... Domenec

Peter Wingfield ... Max

Helen McCrory ... Lola

Michael Gough ... Don Manuel

Art Malik ... Alvaro
Anthony Milner ... Inspector
James Villiers ... Montegrifo
Edmund Moriarty ... Male Student
Harriet Horne ... Marisa
Jean Munne ... Roger D'Arras
Julian Martínez ... Duke Ferdinand (as Julián Martínez)
Isabel van Unen ... Beatrix of Burgundy
Jane Gifford ... Van Huys
Josuè Guasch ... Messenger
Joan Guasch ... Montaner
Guaski ... Montaner's Son
Peter Mackriel ... Bystander
Sean Gascoine ... Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Prado Velázquez ... Alvaro student (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim McBride 
Writing credits
Arturo Pérez-Reverte (novel "La Tabla De Flandes")

Michael Hirst (screenplay) and
Jim McBride (screenplay) &
Jack Baran (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Baran .... line producer
Denise O'Dell .... executive producer
Denise O'Dell .... line producer
Enrique Posner .... producer
Cristina Zumárraga .... assistant producer
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
Cinematography by
Affonso Beato 
Film Editing by
Éva Gárdos 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski 
Costume Design by
Tracy Tynan 
Production Management
Miguel Ángel González .... production manager
Phillip Kenny .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pedro Lazaga .... first assistant director
Art Department
Anna Pinnock .... set dresser
Tadeo Villalba hijo .... production buyer
Sound Department
Jack Armstrong .... boom operator
Christopher Flick .... foley editor
Dani Fontrodona .... sound effects recordist
Matthew Iadarola .... supervising re-recording mixer
Sandrine Kenny .... assistant sound
Richard King .... supervising sound editor
Cliff Latimer .... adr supervisor
Special Effects by
Marina Pozanco .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Adam Howard .... visual effects: Digital Magic
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunt coordinator
José María Serrano .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Joan Benet .... first assistant camera
Joan Cardona .... grip
Moises Esquenazi Shaio .... video assist operator
Jordi Joaní .... electrician
Xavier Sarasa .... electrician
Editorial Department
Brigitte Daloin .... assistant editor
Martin Sharpe .... associate editor
Other crew
Trilby Norton .... production coordinator
Prado Velázquez .... stand-in (uncredited)

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USA:112 min (R-rated version)
Sound Mix:
Germany:12 | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Singapore:PG (cut)

Did You Know?

Julia:Quis Necavit Equitem.
Menchu:It means "who killed the knight".
Don Manuel:I know my Latin, senorita Menchu.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Quis Necavit Equitem?, 16 June 2012
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

"Uncovered" is based on Arturo Pérez-Reverte's novel "The Flanders Panel". Julia Darro, a young art historian and restorer from Barcelona, is working on a fifteenth-century Flemish painting called "The Game of Chess", when she discovers a painted-over message reading "Quis Necavit Equitem?" (Latin for "Who killed the knight?") Julia begins to research the painting's background to discover the meaning of this inscription, and discovers that it relates to a 500-year-old murder mystery. She realises that the solution to the mystery is connected to the chess game being played in the picture, and knowing little of the game herself recruits Domenec, a talented local chess player, to assist her. Julia and Domenec, however, realise that they are in danger, as several people connected with their research are also murdered.

The central mystery is an intriguing and ingenious one, and well developed, although I could spot the identity of the murderer well before this was announced on screen. There are no really outstanding acting performances, but the lovely Kate Beckinsale makes a charming heroine (although I could never work out why she sneezes so much). Kate is one of the few actresses who can get away with wearing her hair boyishly short and still look strikingly beautiful.

One criticism I have heard is that although the main characters are all supposed to be Spanish they all speak English without foreign accents. This, however, is not something which has ever worried me. The use of native British or American accents to represent foreigners' use of their own native languages is something I find perfectly acceptable. Charlton Heston's El Cid, for example, was also a Spaniard, and nobody complains that he speaks English like an American rather than like Manuel in "Fawlty Towers".

This is one of the few films to take an interest in chess and art history, two rather intellectual pursuits, and it does so in such a way as to make both those subjects seem interesting, even glamorous, featuring a romance between a beautiful young art historian and a handsome chess genius. It makes good use of its setting, with some wonderful views of the city of Barcelona, especially the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. (One of the characters lives in an apartment in Casa Batlló, and Julia and Domenec first meet in Park Güell).

Although this film was an Anglo-Spanish co-production, and stars a well-known English actress, it is curiously unknown in Britain. Although it is nearly twenty years since it was made, I have never seen it on television here, and it is available on DVD in the US but not in the UK. Yet it is, I think, a film which deserves to be better-known. 7/10

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