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Gosford Park (2001)

 -  Drama | Mystery  -  4 January 2002 (USA)
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Multiple storylined drama set in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guest and downstairs servants at a party in a country house in England.

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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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Drama | Mystery

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

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Release Date:

4 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinato em Gosford Park  »

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Budget:

$19,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,666 (South Africa) (6 September 2002)

Gross:

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

Kenneth Branagh was first choice for Inspector Thompson but had to decline owing to a scheduling conflict. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when Constance walks to the car, she is wearing pointed-toe shoes with a heel. When she arrives at Gosford Park you can see, as she enters the doorway, that she's clearly wearing "flats". See more »

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Henry Denton: You Brits really don't have a sense of humor do you?
Elsie (Head Housemaid): We do if something's funny, sir.
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The cast credits at the end are separated between upstairs and downstairs. See more »

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I Can Give You the Starlight
(1939)
Sung by Jeremy Northam
Music by Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Christopher Hassall (as Christopher V. Hassall)
© Chappell/Music Limited
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
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Altman Back in Top Form
25 October 2002 | by (Evanston, IL) – See all my reviews

It thrills me to say that after a string of stinkers ("Dr. T and the Women," "The Gingerbread Man") and so-so light films ("Cookie's Fortune"), Robert Altman has an unequivocally excellent film on his hands with "Gosford Park." It's a film that works on many layers and needs to be seen more than once for one to fully appreciate its resonance.

The film admittedly stinks as a murder mystery---it's almost funny how little Altman himself seems interested in the who-dunnit. But, typically for Altman, it's the deconstruction of the genre that he's interested in, not the genre itself. This movie isn't about a murder in a country house; it's a movie about class differences and people connecting (or not connecting) with one another.

It seems futile to mention stand out performances in a film filled to the rafters with stand-out performances, but I did especially like Emily Watson as a cheeky maid, Helen Mirren as the "perfect servant," and Kelly MacDonald as the novice lady's attendant who grows more than anyone else over the course of the film.

The film is at its best when it's probing the emotional depths of the story---it comes across as a bit too glib when the satire gets especially acidic (mostly with the Kristin Scott Thomas character), but like the best of his movies ("Nashville," "M*A*S*H," "Short Cuts") Altman knows how to control his own cynicism and doesn't let sarcasm rule.

With his on again-off again track record, we can expect the next Altman film to tank, so let's enjoy this one while we can.


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