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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 ... See full summary »

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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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11 February 1999 (Czech Republic)  »

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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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Great black comedy whodunit with Oscar Winner Peter O'Toole
9 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a real gem. Unknown to most people, this was ten times better than the more reviewed Gosford Park but better in all respects. The acting is solid and the camera-work and visuals are top flight. I highly recommend. Actors like Academy Award winner and legend Peter O'Toole in addition to some real sexy women like Greta Scacchi, Gabrielle Anwar, and Fay Masterson make this very watch- able. I also dare anyone to get ahead of the plot which has more twists than a molecular structure. The thing I really liked best about this is that it broke some of the rules of the genre and did some very inventing camera movement. Also it unveiled a few actors that most European audiences aren't that familiar with. People like Jiri Labus and Martin Dejdar are true pros. It also has some interesting animal scenes. I especially liked the metaphor of the wolves.

WoolyMonkey99


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