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The Scapegoat (2012)

Set in 1952, as England prepares for the coronation, The Scapegoat tells the story of two very different men who have one thing in common - a face.

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As England is preparing for the coronation of Elizabeth II, schoolmaster John Standing comes face to face with Johnny Spence, his exact double in appearance. After a night of drinking, Standing awakes to find Spence has stolen his identity. Unsuccessful at explaining the unusual situation, Standing settles into the vacancy left by Johnny Spence. Yet with his new life comes numerous problems, including trying to juggle a wife and two mistresses and family secrets that could prove deadly... Written by L. Hamre

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Phoebe Nicholls (Charlotte) is the wife of the director Charles Sturridge. See more »

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Not that good
30 July 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

It's just not very good. The premise, as pointed out by another reviewer, is completely absurd. The lead, Matthew Rhys, is fine but not any better or worse than any of the other actors. There is no apparent effort to make him different between the two characters he plays (e.g., change the way he combs his hair, give him a slight limp or manner of speech). The scenery, staging, period pieces (e.g., 1952 television, beautiful cars, period clothing, and sets) are all excellent. It's just not a good story even if you suspend reality. The main premise is that a complete stranger can be an exact fit for someone else. Remove the doppelganger part of the story and you have absurd characters in a boring story.


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