4.8/10
268
16 user 1 critic

Out of Bounds (2003)

18-year-old Louise is stuck in a run-down girls' boarding school in the heart of the English countryside. Her only consolation, during the long cold nights, is Matthew, the American art ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Blackwood (2014)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The classic English ghost story gets a revision when a college professor finds himself plagued by spectral visions.

Director: Adam Wimpenny
Stars: Ed Stoppard, Sophia Myles, Russell Tovey
Roar (2009)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

London. Christmas. Loner Tom cuts keys in a dry-cleaners. Dominated by his boss, who cracks onto female clientele, Tom tries to apologise. He rejected, he takes drastic action..

Director: Adam Wimpenny
Stars: Russell Tovey, Jodie Whittaker, Tom Burke
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A group of Irish noblemen kidnap girls in order to marry into their fortune and avoid becoming priests or soldiers.

Director: Stefan Schwartz
Stars: Alice Evans, Daniel Lapaine, Sophia Myles
Out of Bounds (1986)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Farm boy Daryl Cage's parents ship him off to the big city to live with his brother, hoping he will have a better life there. After a baggage mixup at the airport, Daryl finds himself in ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Tuggle
Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Jenny Wright, Jeff Kober
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

With the guilt of a young man's death on their hands, three friends see their relationship disintegrate as each vies for survival by trying to kill one another.

Director: Gustavo Lipsztein
Stars: Henry Thomas, Dominique Swain, Scott Bairstow
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne (Franco) and the princess of the feuding Irish (Myles) spells doom for the young lovers.

Director: Kevin Reynolds
Stars: James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Starting from childhood attempts at illustration, the protagonist pursues his true obsession to art school. But as he learns how the art world really works, he finds that he must adapt his vision to the reality that confronts him.

Director: Terry Zwigoff
Stars: Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, John Malkovich
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The lives of a young, hearing-impaired and gloomy couple are fulfilled after the boy holds interest in surfboarding.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Claude Maki, Hiroko Ôshima, Sabu Kawahara
Our Zoo (TV Mini-Series 2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A drama series about the family who founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s.

Stars: Lee Ingleby, Liz White, Honor Kneafsey
Gallows Hill (2013)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After a family is involved in an accident, they take refuge in a secluded inn where they free a girl locked in a basement without knowing she's an ancient evil spirit.

Director: Víctor García
Stars: Peter Facinelli, Sophia Myles, Nathalia Ramos
Hallam Foe (2007)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Hallam's talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears-and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city for love.

Director: David Mackenzie
Stars: Jamie Bell, Ruth Milne, John Paul Lawler
Boon (1986–1992)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ken Boon and Harry Crawford are two middle-aged ex-firemen who start out in business together, initially in Birmingham and later in Nottingham. During the seven series (1986-1992), Ken ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Elphick, David Daker, Neil Morrissey
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Veronica Van Huet
...
Louise Thompson
...
Matthew Van Huet
...
Lionel Stubbs
...
Dr. Imogen Reed
Julia Barrie ...
Isabelle Benallack
Richard Huw ...
David Benallack
Chris Humphreys ...
Detective Inspector Amer
Kelly Salmon ...
Phoebe Benallack
Rachel Ibbotson ...
Francesca
Jason Rush ...
Police Officer
...
Taxi Driver
Edit

Storyline

18-year-old Louise is stuck in a run-down girls' boarding school in the heart of the English countryside. Her only consolation, during the long cold nights, is Matthew, the American art teacher and second husband of the headmistress, Veronica Van Huet. Trouble is, half term is looming and Louise cannot bear the thought of being away from her lover for a whole week. So she persuades Veronica to let her remain at school, ostensibly to do extra study for her exams. The holiday begins and the vast Victorian building is a spooky shell without the other pupils. Louise and Matthew grab the first opportunity to be together, but in their haste expose in every way their intimate relationship. Veronica, despite her considerable hurt and anger, does not expel Louise from the school, as she is acutely aware that her husband is the one truly responsible. She is also keen not to have a row with Matthew as she needs him now more than ever. In a conspiracy with the school's doctor, Veronica and ... Written by Merlin Ward / <merlin@creativewizard.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

...a spooky, sexy thriller...

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 October 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Allein in der Dunkelheit  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

(Fujicolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Spent two years on the shelf before release. See more »

Quotes

Detective Inspector Amer: Good evening, Mrs Van Huet. I see you've got another dead woman in your hall.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Brilliant Brit Movie!
13 October 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This shocker of movie comes highly recommended in several recent reviews, and foolishly I've been dragging my heels on giving it an eyeballing - but now I've cracked, and what a treat to behold! Writer Director Merlin Ward's movie debut OUT OF BOUNDS, is a genuine beacon of classy Brit storytelling, shining brilliantly against the usual slew of boring Brit fare, punch drunk on easy come easy spend lottery funds. Ward is a true left brain, right brain entrepreneur, having courageously funded his own movie and surrounded himself with the best in the business to realise this incredible result. Here's a story that delivers classic tension right from the opening titles - and which had me sweating on the edge of my seat till the final terrific twist in the tail - which I genuinely didn't see coming! The fine performances Ward extracts from his cast is a sharp measure of raw professionalism, and his stars Sophie Ward (no relation), Sophia Myles and understudy national treasure Celia Imrie, should be proud to add this outing to their career portfolios. Stealthily underlying the action, composer Mark Ryder's deadly score is an unnerving cardiac backcloth, worthy of Hitchcock's chilliest - and a very natural marriage to Ward's taught and frugal direction.

In the set up, boarding school student Louise (Myles) pleads with her sexy headmistress Veronica (Ward) to let her stay on at school during half term, ostensibly for extra studies. But oh dear, the seemingly innocent little girl happens to be a regular item with Veronica's hunky American hubby and fellow teacher, Matt (George Asprey). So what happens when Veronica finds out? and does Ward's dark and driving script visually live up to the graphic shock horrors that inevitably follow? For my own part, I needed a couple of Lorazepam after what you might call one of Celia Imrie's more interesting scenes!

For those lucky enough to see it, Sam Raimi's wonderful US movie A SIMPLE PLAN, creatively eclipsed the more media bullish but greatly inferior FARGO. In the same way, Merlin Ward's OUT OF BOUNDS does just this to all those tired British wannabe thrillers with nothing on board but a fat promotional budget. Clearly, OUT OF BOUNDS is a great Hollywood movie in all but country of origin, and if lacking in multi-million pound promotion, still has a massive audience in waiting, by way of good old fashioned word of mouth. Press Play and enjoy!

Roger Hopkins


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD release freya1939
Fairly good film, but a MUST for Sophia fans LiberaMe
Discuss Out of Bounds (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?