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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Nigel Hawthorne as patriarch of the Winslow family is in sparkling form

8/10
Author: bennett_graeme (bennett_graeme@hotmail.com) from Tamworth, England
7 July 2001

A very worthy effort by David Mamet, who translates Terence Rattigan's play to the big-screen with panache. The early 20th century England was a very different one to the one we are now used to. This is before women have the vote and the time leading up to the First World War. Nigel Hawthorne as patriarch of the Winslow family is in sparkling form, and is ably assisted by an excellent ensemble cast. Particular attention must be given to Jeremy Northam's Sir Robert Morton who works tirelessly to persue the case of the wronged Ronnie Winslow (nicely played by Guy Edwards). He does have ulterior motives of course, even if they go unrequited. Nicely paced The Winslow Boy concentrates more on the effect the case has on the family members rather than on a court-room based drama. This is a good choice as it offers an insight into early 20th century middle-class England. A blockbuster it may not be; but it is nevertheless refreshing that period drama of this calibre can still be made. Well done everyone connected with the film.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A Subtle Film, Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

9/10
Author: gws-2 from United States
1 July 2001

Despite its pre-World War I English setting, this is a typical David Mamet film: there is more, far more to the tale than Mamet overtly explains. Did the Winslow boy steal a money order, or did he not? (This question is not really answered. Think about it.) Did the boy's champion, the brilliant barrister Sir Robert Morton, agree to represent the boy because he actually believed in the boy's innocence? Or did Sir Robert take the case because he thought doing so would advance his career? Why did the boy's father go on with the case, despite its devastating effect on his health and finances, his family and reputation? Did he genuinely continue to believe in his son's innocence -- or was he just too stubborn to quit. The father's portrayal, by Sir Nigel Hawthorne, is the high point of a picture with many high points.

Nobody plays Mamet's work better than Mamet's wife, Rebecca Pidgeon. Here, she portrays the Winslow boy's liberal-activist sister, Catherine, a young woman too serious by half and -- perhaps -- too loyal to her family in the same measure.

This is a fine film. 9 of 10.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Damn, Mamet is good!

9/10
Author: ozman from Portland, Oregon
15 August 2000

It takes a director like Mamet to make a story this mundane this engrossing. As a Merchant-Ivory period piece, it would have been a real yawner, but with Mamet writing and directing, I was totally caught up in the story. Good, if subdued (veddy British, you know), performances from the all the cast.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Fascinating and intriguing without need for excitement!

9/10
Author: how55_ from Yonkers, NY
28 July 2000

What an excellent movie! Seldom do you see a picture that can be rated "G" yet is still sensual and clever. Every character exudes intelligence and seems worth listening to. There is something about the English......For me, a **** flick!

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A lovely film

9/10
Author: unamachita from All over the U.S.
21 June 2000

This is not like most of Mamet's films in most ways, although it is like them in that what the film is supposedly about is actually just the top layer. What the story is really about is going on underneath. If you pay attention and are willing to be patient and readjust your expectations to a more measured pace, you will be rewarded. It helps if you are familiar with English history and literature to get some of the references. There are a few moments beautifully acted by Rebecca Pidgeon and Jeremy Northam. Nigel Hawthorne and Gemma Jones are, as always, excellent. Finally, a great ending scene.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Excellent movie!

8/10
Author: Pat-159 from Yokosuka, Japan
18 June 2000

The Winslow Boy was an excellent movie - a period piece with a modern feel. I recommend it not only to people like me who love Merchant-Ivory movies, but to anyone who enjoys smart and precise acting and direction. The final resolution of the mystery is not as important to the viewer as are each character's struggles and sacrifices. This movie is a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Rebecca Pidgeon is the most Beautiful and Talented Actress Today!!!

8/10
Author: Strider-100 from Gnome, Alaska
3 June 2000

I have just finished watching The Winslow Boy based upon the true story of an English family that is fighting to prove the innocence of their younger son accused of theft. The father played by Nigel Hawthorne gives a tremendous performance as a Father who is willing to sacrifice everything to prove his sons innocence. Jeremy Northam does a great job of playing Sir Robert Morton, the famous attorney who defends him, and I give the most credit to Rebecca Pidgeon who is so natural and incredibly beautiful in those English dress styles that she wears, that you can see right off why Jeremy Northams character takes the case. Rebecca does a fantastic acting job as the feminist suffragette fighting for her brothers cause. She is also an accomplished singer by the way. Her real life brother does a adequate job playing the elder brother in the film. He reminds me of a clean cut version of Steve Buscemi. A film that is G rated, but angled towards adults. This is not a movie for people who like tons of action and dead bodies. But if you like a movie with a story to it, then it's a perfect cup of tea. I liked it so much I bought the video.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A wonderful film!

Author: JimC-7 from United States
3 June 2000

What a wonderful film! A classic English story, but this time (re)written and directed by an American, David Mamet. The film takes its time to tell the story (as many English films do) so patience and attention is required, especially by us Americans, but the reward is great. The performance of Jeremy Northam is especially wonderful. His Sir Robert Morton character is cool, calm and controlled, yet vulnerable in his attraction to the feisty Catherine (Rebecca Pidgeon, Mamet's real life wife). Northam is so good an actor that if the BBC, or whomever, is looking for someone in a few years to redo the Sherlock Holmes TV films of the late, great Jeremy Britt, Northam would be the ideal choice as Holmes.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

a quiet, lovely and interesting film

8/10
Author: Embley from Vancouver, Canada
12 April 2000

i quite enjoyed this film - the story was quite simple, but executed well and with excellent characters and dialogue.

all the acting was very good, and the sets/costumes were a pleasure.

in all the film was a pleasant surprise.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Worth seeing but be forewarned thinking may be required.

8/10
Author: barberoux from Philadelphia
13 March 2000

I enjoyed "The Winslow Boy" with its meaningful and sparse dialog. Tension was provided by what wasn't said or expressed. If you are used to Hollywood histrionics you'll hate this movie. No put-downs or wisecrack asides, no vulgarity, no cleavage, no guns, and no teens but loads of intelligence. Watching the social interplay of pre WWI England was fun. The ambiguity of did he or didn't he added to the pleasure. Well filmed and well acted. Worth seeing but be forewarned thinking may be required.

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