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The Search for John Gissing (2001)

 -  Comedy  -  11 November 2001 (USA)
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Matthew Barnes is a young exec on the move up who finds himself a pawn in corporate in-fighting when he's sent to London to oversee a merger. He's to replace John Gissing; Gissing's gotten ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Matthew Barnes
Tim Briggs ...
Hotel Clerk
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Francois Fuller
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Linda Barnes
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Dexter
Caroline Holdaway ...
Gissing's Secretary
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Donny the Janitor
Lee Oakes ...
Cousin Carl Gissing
Angela Pleasence ...
Johanna Frielduct
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John Gissing
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Gwenyth Moore
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Giles Hanagan
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Alan Jardeen
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Sister Mary
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David Reid ...
Man Who Wants to be a Woman (as Dave Reid)
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Matthew Barnes is a young exec on the move up who finds himself a pawn in corporate in-fighting when he's sent to London to oversee a merger. He's to replace John Gissing; Gissing's gotten wind of it, and he makes sure that Matthew and his wife Linda, who has dutifully but reluctantly come to England, have a miserable first few days there. By the time Matthew figures out what's happening and declares a counter offensive, it may be too late to save himself from a transfer to Detroit. With Gissing still holding lots of cards and Linda more unhappy by the moment, Matthew must reevaluate. All out war? A partnership with Gissing? Some third way? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Matthew Barnes: The fact that we weren't met at Heathrow was frustrating, I can't deny that. But when you work for one of these international conglomerates like I do you kind of expect that every now and then there'll be a paper jam that takes your life along with it.
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One of the funniest comedies in a long time (and criminally not yet released!)
27 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is HILARIOUS!!! One of the funniest comedies I have seen in a long, long time. Director/screenwriter Mike Binder has created a masterpiece with this film. Starring Mike Binder in the lead role as Matthew, the fumbling corporate lackey sent to England to relocate with his wife, a splendid Janeane Garofalo, the comedy of errors does not stop for this poor man. Alan Rickman stars as John Gissing, the sabotaging company man who is about to be ousted by the very person he is to train to replace him - and thus makes every attempt to sidetrack Matthew. Not since "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" has there been this many natural comedic outlays. The story, the characters, the interactions - it all works, and very well. Brilliant! A must see!!


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