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 ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Ravenscroft
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Charlotte Kleiner
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Mr. Ravenscroft
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Inspector Tomas Hatcher
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Gillian Ravenscroft
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Dolly
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Mrs. Ellen French
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Patrick Roarke
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Sir Everett Blake
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Miss Spencer (as Jessica Hathaway)
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Mr. Forrester
Robert Russell ...
Doctor McBride
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Angus
Drahomíra Lírová ...
Mother superior
Martina Vedralová ...
Charlotte's daughter
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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 cocoken

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Murder, adultery, lies, and lust. All in a day's work.

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Comedy | Mystery

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Based on the play "Ravenscroft" by Don Nigro. See more »

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Mrs. Ravenscroft: I swear on my mother's grave!
Dolly: But your mother is alive! She lives over a pub in Bristol.
Mrs. Ravenscroft: Well, then... I swear on my mother's pub!
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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 »

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Merchant-Ivory meets David Mamet meets Monty Python
16 December 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

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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