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 ...
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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
Merchant-Ivory meets David Mamet meets Monty Python
I stumbled on this little gem at its Santa Barbara debut. This film is a beautifully shot period piece, very cleverly written and well-directed. I'm looking forward to seeing it again when it comes to an independent theatre in L.A. Peter O'Toole is spellbinding and masterful. Everyone was well-cast. I especially enjoyed Edie McClurg as the cook. How refreshing to see a very intelligent, almost all-woman cast. Bravo to Ken Berris for this quality film!
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