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A Is for Acid (2002)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  9 September 2002 (UK)
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John George Haigh, the notorious "acid bath murderer" in 1940s England, becomes the subject of this dramatization.

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Gillian Rogers
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Dr. Archie Henderson
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Rowena Cooper ...
Mrs. Olive Durand-Deacon
John Flanagan ...
Arnold Burtin
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DS Heslin
Matyelok Gibbs ...
Mrs. Constance Lane
Barbara Marten ...
Emily Haigh
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John Haigh Senior
Neil McKinven ...
Donald McSwan
Christopher Town ...
Claire Nielson ...
Amy McSwan
Donald Douglas ...
William McSwan
Christopher Ettridge ...
Steven Rogers (as Chris Ettridge)
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Dramatisation of the true story of the notorious "acid bath murderer" John Haigh, who murdered women and disposed of their bodies in vats of acid in the 1940's. He was only caught when the gallstones of one of his victims, Mrs Durand-Deacon, failed to dissolve in the acid and were detected by the pathologist who examined the residue from the acid bath. Written by van_whistler@hotmail.com

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Haigh meets the Hendersons at the seaside and comments "splendid weather for February!" (it was in fact 12 February 1948 when he killed them). He is then seen driving Archibald Henderson to his workshop down a road with trees in full leaf; this must have been filmed in May or early June. See more »

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Still a gem
22 May 2012 | by (Selby, England) – See all my reviews

My only problem with this movie is Martin Clunes. He acts it well, but is so often shown on TV as an extremely affable and likable character that it's almost impossible to believe him as a serial killer. Be it in fiction ("Men Behaving Badly") or documentary (about both dogs and horses) he always comes over as a jolly nice chap (which I'm sure he is). Casting him as a cold-blooded serial killer just doesn't work – it worked when Leone cast the blue-eyed angel Henry Fonda as a psychopath in "Once upon a Time in America", but casting Clunes as a serial killer is a step too far.

Having said that this is nonetheless a gem of a movie. Set design is pure '40s and the use of 1940s music is extremely well done. Hence my 8/10 rating.


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