A pastor preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife is having an affair and his children are up to no good.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Parkes ...
Liz Smith ...
Mrs. Parker
Rosie Jones
James Booth ...
Mr. Brown
Patrick Monckton ...
Bob - Pond Workman
Ted - Pond Workman
Vivienne Moore ...
Mrs. Martin
Vicar's Convention Master of Ceremonies
Morgan Gower ...
Reverend Campbell
Billy Martin the Bully


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Schweigen ist Silber - Vergraben ist Gold (Silence is silver, but burying is golden) See more »


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az eltakarítónő  »

Box Office


$169,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£645,886 (UK) (2 December 2005)


$1,618,957 (USA) (19 January 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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The blue Volvo family car parked outside of school has mud on its front-right door, but one minute later it's clean. See more »


[Holly opens the video camera to find Lance had filmed her undressing]
Holly Goodfellow: Who the hell is this guy? I'll kill him!
Grace Hawkins: Oh, that won't be necessary, dear.
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Did You Ever Wonder Why?
Produced and Written by Dickon Hinchliffe
Sung by Dickon Hinchliffe and Cara Dillon
Guitar: Neil Fraser
Engineered by Philip Bagenal at Eastcote Studios and Mat Bartram at Angel Studios
Mixed by Ian Caple
Published by Keeping Mum Productions Ltd
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Surprisingly wonderful English comedy
4 December 2005 | by (Slough, England) – See all my reviews

This is an almost perfect "naughty" English comedy whose humour is too complicated to be described. Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith, and the rest of the cast are perfect. This is the most understated I have ever seen Atkinson, and marks an interesting evolution for him. Two young ladies in front of me were still giggling halfway through the closing credits, and the entire audience, judging from the laughter, had a great time. I chuckled all the way home - think I'll go see it again tonight, as I have an "Unlimited" card, so can see as many movies as I like for 11 pounds a month.

Seriously, this is not a "sweetness-and-light" comedy - it has a dark side, which is evident from the beginning, but that aspect drives the humour, because it touches feelings in us which we must restrain, but in watching the film we are allowed to indulge them. It also has a lot of very deep things to say about marriage and religion (Atkinson plays a shy, self- absorbed country vicar with a beautiful wife and daughter whom he neglects) without indulging in the usual superficial post-modern ironic attacks on either institution. In fact, it has some very intelligent things to say about both of them.

You really must see this movie - it is a gem - if you know people who don't normally go to the movies (like older in-laws) urge them to see this one, or at least rent the DVD.

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