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During a snowstorm, Patrick Roarke, a manservant, is found dead at the bottom of the main staircase in a gothic English mansion. Inspector Hatcher is sent to investigate the death. When he arrives, he finds a household consisting of five women: the somewhat eccentric Lady Ravenscroft and her mentally unstable daughter Gillian, the icy foreign governess Miss Keiner, the simple minded maid Dolly, and the sinister cook Mrs French. When questioned by the inspector, each of the women tells a different story, all of which are illustrated by flashback scenes showing the events as related by that particular person. Everybody seems to protect somebody and the inspector becomes increasingly intoxicated as he tries to untangle the web of lies in his endeavour to find out the truth. Written by
Based on the play "Ravenscroft" by Don Nigro. See more »
What are you doing here? Burning the meat?
Em... no ma'am... we're burning the gravy.
Ah! It's the gravy, is it? Oh well, that's all right then I suppose. Excuse me inspector, I must just go now and supervise the... eh... ritual burning of the gravy.
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Before the cast is listed, text on screen outlines the further fate of the main characters in the film. The last line reads "Patrick Roarke remains dead". See more »
The Manor, a dark funny version of Akira Kurosawa's " Rashomon" is a spectacularly shot & acted jewel. With an outstanding International Cast (Peter O'Toole, Greta Scacchi, Gabrielle Anwar, Fay Masterson, Martin Dejdar, Laura Harris, Nicholas Ball, Edie McClurg and Mark Huntley.. I had the pleasure of seeing it at a packed cinema in Germany. I really enjoyed seeing Peter O'Toole, described by no less than Anthony Hopkins as the world's greatest living actor. O'Toole gives the kind of comedic performance that we haven't seen from him since "My Favorite Year." Greta Scacchi gives the best and funniest performance of her entire life. But that's not all. There are so many other touches that the director Kenneth Berris gives it and populates the film with the best ensemble women I have ever seen. Fay Masterson, who I have seen in Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut and the wonderful film " The Power Of One" is a tremendously gifted comedienne. I haven't seen anyone like this since the days of Lucille Ball. Gabrielle Anwar , who I remember most from her memorable dance with Al Pacino in Scent of A Woman is luscious and delectable. Then Berris adds to this the great talents of Edie McClurg ( Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Nicholas Ball (Croupier), Laura Harris , who I loved in The Faculty, and the International star of stars, Martin Dejdar who is the new Gerard Depardieu. It's a pricelessly funny situation with more twists than a pretzel. I loved it. I give it 4 stars****
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