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
Mark Huntley ...
Patrick Roarke
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Sir Everett Blake
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Miss Spencer (as Jessica Hathaway)
Michael Halstead ...
Mr. Forrester
Robert Russell ...
Doctor McBride
Jirí Lábus ...
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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Based on the play "Ravenscroft" by Don Nigro. See more »

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Mrs. Ravenscroft: Good Lord! You don't think that we are throwing all the men in the immediate vicinity down the staircase, do you?
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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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Simply brilliant...
13 April 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

What an incredibly refreshing film. It was just simply wonderful. Beautiful cinematography, outstanding performances, hilariously dark script. The perfect whodunit with just the perfect amount of wit. Gabrielle Anwar is spellbinding as the icy governess, and Greta Scacchi gives a breakthrough performance; I'd never seen her do comedy and she was simply brilliant. Peter O'Toole was chilling and tremendous, a great part for him. Laura Harris was excellent as the demented daughter of the manor, and Fay Masterson and Edie McClurg played the servant duo with absolute perfection. If you like, comedy, drama, or suspense this is a must-see, it's really a pity that this was not released in America. ****!


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