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The Oxford Murders (2008)

 -  Crime | Mystery | Thriller  -  2 July 2010 (USA)
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At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try to stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols.

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Martin, a PhD student in mathematics, enrolls at Oxford in the hope of meeting his mentor, Professor Seldom. The young man manages to find lodging at Mrs. Eagleton's but in this house a stifling atmosphere prevails due to the landlady's attitude. Indeed Mrs. Eagleton, who happens to be a friend of Seldom's, is a haughty and unsympathetic woman who also stifles her daughter Beth. At the university, things do not fare much better as Martin is put in his place by his idol during one of Seldom's lectures. But his private life changes for the best as he starts an affair with Lorna, a beautiful girl he met during a game of squash. One night Seldom and Martin who find themselves at Mrs. Eagletons's discover her dead body. They are interrogated by the police. Soon afterwards they decide to lead their own private investigation... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Rated R for language, sexual content/nudity and some violence/disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Los crímenes de Oxford  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,191 (USA) (6 August 2010)

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$3,607 (USA) (13 August 2010)
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(at around 18 mins) The film gives a nod to director Brian De Palma with an apparently seamless 2+ minute tracking shot, traveling through multiple interior and exterior locations to reveal the first murder victim. See more »

Goofs

(at around 14 mins) In the classroom scene, Martin announces that he believes in the number pi, and explains that by this he means the golden section, related to the Fibonacci sequence. The goof is that this number is universally referred to as phi, not pi, which is reserved for the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle. See more »

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Arthur Seldom: Miss Scarlet is now an electron, okay? And you're looking at her through a keyhole or a particle accelerator - as you wish - and every time you look at her, Miss Scarlet will have changed her appearance or her position because the very fact that you observe her alters her atomic state. How about that?
Martin: Don't try to confuse me with tricks.
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References V for Vendetta (2005) See more »

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Shaking my head...
26 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We decided to watch this movie and were dismayed to find that, from the very beginning, it was painfully bad. Despite enlisting a cast of capable actors such as John Hurt, Anna Massey, and Jim Carter, to name but a few, no one could rescue this film from its own terrible dialog, laughable contrivances, and ridiculous coincidences. We decided to watch the whole thing just to find out who done it. I wish I could say a clever end had justified the lost hour and 48 minutes of my life. Alas. And, we only have ourselves to blame. We kept shaking out heads and saying, "...but the actors are better than this!" Needless to say, I do not recommend this movie.


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