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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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Truly appalling, indeed revolting, travesty of the work of a fine novelist See more (25 total) »


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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
Irene Montcada .... property master
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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Additional Details

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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?

Inspector:And what chess piece are you?
Cesar:Your guess is as good as mine, inspector. We never seem to find out until after we're dead.
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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Truly appalling, indeed revolting, travesty of the work of a fine novelist, 6 March 2010
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This film is so terrible that everything about it vies for the distinction of being 'the worst of …' Is it the worst directed film? The worst acted film? The worst screenplay? One could go on and on. Every character in the film is despicable, and every actor and actress is at his or her worst, with the men and women equally disgusting in every respect. How is it possible to make one of the world's worst films from an interesting novel by a distinguished Spanish author, Arturo Pérez-Reverte? Well, these things happen. Just think of all the terrible films made of classic novels ever since the cinema began. Perhaps most offensive of all in this film is the performance of Kate Beckinsale, who looks like she is about ten years old, and the director is always making her take her clothes off so he can have another look at her breasts, and when they are covered up, the tight little garment over them keeps them well in view because the director is apparently obsessed with her and her sexuality. Nor does she seem any less obsessed with herself. We get great gory close-ups of her slobbering kisses with some of the most disgusting men one has seen in a long time, one young blond fellow in particular whose mouth is larger than her face is wide, so that one wonders how she avoids being swallowed. The arrogant vanity of all of these people, who clearly believe themselves to be the most beautiful creatures on earth when they are in fact extremely ugly (except for Beckinsale who qualifies as cute but disturbingly vain and rampant), is nauseating in the extreme. Only one performance in the film has any merit to it at all: John Wood as a lonely old queen who is the lifelong protector of Beckinsale manages some genuine pathos, and as that is the only wholesome emotion visible in the entire film, one notices it. The story could and should have been made into a really interesting film, a film as compelling as, for instance, that of Reverte's novel THE FENCING MASTER (1992), which was a triumph of film-making. But the story is thrown away and the horrible screenwriter starts using the word 'f…' as soon as the film commences and continues to do so throughout, obviously thinking that it will make him popular with some imaginary 'youth' or 'trendies' who he thinks might watch the movie sometime. But the idea that one is somehow going to be in the vanguard of popularity because one can say 'f…' a lot is a tired and outworn notion which never had the slightest credibility to begin with. Sinead Cusack is terrifyingly horrible in this film in every respect, and I expect she wishes she could destroy every print and DVD of it in existence to eliminate the evidence of her greatest folly. Michael Gough and James Villiers also disgraced themselves. No one was safe in the hands of that director. The original story itself is intriguing. A Flanders panel painting comes to light in Spain after 500 years in the private hands of a noble family who live in an ancient castle. The title of the film, UNCOVERED, does not really relate to Kate Beckinsale's juvenile form, but rather to the Flanders panel itself. Kate Becksinsale (aged ten or whatever she really is, as who can tell with her hair cut like a boy and her tomboyish figure) is the unlikely picture restorer hired to clean and restore this valuable painting, and if you can believe that you can believe anything. People hire ten year-olds to restore valuable paintings every day, surely. She commissions an infra-red photo and discovers that a mysterious inscription had been painted over, which says in Latin 'Who killed the knight?' Two men in the painting are playing chess, but one of the men himself is a knight, and it turns out that he was killed as part of the intrigue portrayed in the painting. Meanwhile people start getting killed all round Beckinsale, and these killings seem to be related to those of 500 years ago and follow the pattern of the same chess game which is portrayed in the painting (the next moves of which predict who will be killed next). Well, there is no point in going on, because who cares, when a film is so terrible, what the original story was.

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