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Gosford Park (2001)

The lives of upstairs guests 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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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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

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18 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinato em Gosford Park  »

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Budget:

$19,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$41,300,105 (USA) (31 May 2002)
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Trivia

Ivor Novello (played by Jeremy Northam) was a well known London matinée idol, singer and composer who starred in Alfred Hitchcock's silent classic The Lodger (1927). He had a good voice and starred again in the successful "talkie" remake The Phantom Fiend (1932). In Gosford Park (2001), set in November 1932, Countess Constance (Maggie Smith) refers to The Lodger as a flop. See more »

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Lady Trentham is holding the paper open as Denton leaves after having coffee spilled on him. In the next shot, the paper is closed and she opens it again. See more »

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Constance, Countess of Trentham: The time to make up your mind about people is never.
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Crazy Credits

The cast credits at the end are separated between upstairs and downstairs. See more »

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Featured in The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) See more »

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The Land of Might-Have-Been
(1924)
Sung by Jeremy Northam
Music by Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Edward Moore
© Ascherberg Hopwood & Crew Limited
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
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A review of a great film

Violence, mystery, sex, and murder, Gosford Park has it all. Director Robert Altman once again takes the Hollywood formula and gives a unique twist. The story begins when aristocrats during 1932 gather at Sir William McCordle's (Michael Gambon) estate for a shooting party. The guests are wealthy people with their trusty servants. People arrive at the McCordle estate two by two and the traditions begin. The servants set up dinner for their masters and the aristocrats begin their personal routines.

The story moves on as the characters begin to establish their names and the audience learns their varying social status. The intertwining stories among the guests begin to surface and the audience begins to realize there is much more in this house than what meets the eye.

During the night one member of the elite group is killed. None of the guests seemed to be fazed by this event and are only upset by the inconvenience it sets up for their lives.

The only one troubled is Constance, Countess of Trentham's maid, Mary (Kelly McDonald). The story begins to focus on Mary, who discovers secrets among the visitors and leads the audience to solve the mystery.

The great aspect about this film is Robert Altman's abilities to bring the past to life. He pays excellent attention to detail and is able to recreate the feelings and morals during the time period. He emerges the audience into a film world filled with history and story. Throughout the film Altman visually shows the audience the contrast between social classes through his various shots, lighting techniques, and camera filters. His fluid camera movements visually portray foreshadowing and relationship among characters. These elements give the audience a complete understanding of the mood and atmosphere in the film.

I recommend this movie to anybody who has the patience to sit and focus on this excellent film. Although the beginning is appropriately slow moving and the characters names are difficult to remember, the payoff is worth the efforts. This movie is made for active film viewers and all Robert Altman fans.


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