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Gosford Park (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  18 January 2002 (USA)
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The lives of upstairs guest and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.


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Set in the 1930s, the story takes place in an old-fashioned English country house where a weekend shooting party is underway. The story centers on the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, William McCordle. Getting on in years, William has become benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. As the weekend goes on, secrets are revealed, and it seems everyone, above stairs and below, wants a piece of William and his money, but how far will they go to get it? Written by Ashley <AMTOT@aol.com>

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Tea At Four. Dinner At Eight. Murder At Midnight.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinato em Gosford Park  »

Box Office


$19,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,567,041 (USA) (4 January 2002)


$178,641 (South Africa) (27 September 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bob Balaban recommended to Robert Altman that Julian Fellowes write the screenplay. "Altman asked him to try it, and maybe six weeks later Julian sent the first 75 pages. It was clear that he was brilliant and his knowledge of class society, the workings of it, was encyclopedic. This talented writer, moldering away as a relatively unsuccessful actor! That was a brass ring, and he took it. It's part of the key to his current success, his work ethic. He doesn't procrastinate. He doesn't hide. He works like a demon." (Alex Wichtel, NYTimes 9/2011) See more »


In the beginning, in the car, when Mary turns back towards Constance to "see what she wants", you see Mary from Constance's point of view and she is turning to look over her right shoulder. Then the camera jumps to looking towards Constance from next to Mary, from the front of the car, and now suddenly Mary is looking at Constance over her left shoulder. See more »


Lady Sylvia McCordle: What *are* you wearing?
Isobel McCordle: Don't you like it? You bought it.
Lady Sylvia McCordle: Did I? How extraordinary of me.
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Crazy Credits

Location filming at Syon House by kind permission of His Grace The Duke of Northumberland. See more »


Referenced in Downton Abbey Revisited (2012) See more »


Waltz of My Heart
Performed by Christopher Northam
Music by Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Christopher Hassall (as Christopher V. Hassall)
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By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
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Whodunit Ain't the Focus
10 August 2004 | by (Edina, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

The reason why many viewers strongly dislike or even hate the movie "Gosford Park" is because they misunderstand the point trying to be made. Gosford Park wasn't made to focus on whodunit (if it was, why would they tell you who did). If viewers think that Gosford Park is "boring" or "confusing" or even "the worst movie ever", it may be that you're not willing to see what really is portrayed: the authenticity and its story. The authenticity of Gosford Park is as close as it can get to real life as it was back then as it can get. Experts who were maids, butlers, or cooks themselves were constantly at the scene criticizing the actors behavior and moves. Another main focus is the story behind it. The brilliant story as well as excellent character development are like no other: only Robert Altman could do a film such as this. So, next time you see it (which I highly recommend that you do), be PATIENT and actually be WILLING the enjoy the differences in film-making, not just the kind of films you like.

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