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Wetherby (1985)

The mysterious death of an enigmatic young man newly arrived in the suburb of Wetherby releases the long-repressed, dark passions of some of its residents.

Director:

David Hare

Writer:

David Hare
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Jean Travers
Ian Holm ... Stanley Pilborough
Judi Dench ... Marcia Pilborough
Marjorie Yates Marjorie Yates ... Verity Braithwaite
Tom Wilkinson ... Roger Braithwaite
Penny Downie ... Chrissie
Brenda Hall Brenda Hall ... Landlady
Marjorie Sudell Marjorie Sudell ... Lilly
Patrick Blackwell Patrick Blackwell ... Derek - Chrissie's Husband
Joely Richardson ... Young Jean Travers
Robert Hines Robert Hines ... Jim Mortimer
Katy Behean Katy Behean ... Young Marcia
Bert King Bert King ... Mr. Mortimer
Paula Tilbrook Paula Tilbrook ... Mrs. Mortimer
Christopher Fulford ... Arthur
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Storyline

The mysterious death of an enigmatic young man newly arrived in the suburb of Wetherby releases the long-repressed, dark passions of some of its residents.

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il mistero di Wetherby See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,283, 21 July 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,299,985
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Rumor has it that Writer and Director David Hare created the role of Jean Travers (Vanessa Redgrave) in order to examine Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a product of British history. See more »

Quotes

Jean Travers: Please, don't go.
Karen Creasy: You make an effort, you try and be nice, try and do anything. You just get your head chopped off. I try. Anyway... tell me; go on - tell me, since you're so clever, what did you do?
Jean Travers: Oh, Karen.
Karen Creasy: If it wasn't an accident. I'd love to know what you did.
Jean Travers: Karen, Karen, come back.
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Crazy Credits

The cast credits are divided up into groups under the following headings: The Wetherby Characters; In the Past; The School; Miss Travers' Class; The Police; and From the University of Essex. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Short Film About Killing (1988) See more »

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A Puzzle?
20 January 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

The mysterious death of an enigmatic young man newly arrived in the suburb of Wetherby releases the long-repressed, dark passions of some of its residents.

Roger Ebert called it "a haunting film, because it dares to suggest that the death of the stranger is important to everyone it touches – because it forces them to decide how alive they really are." That is one way of looking at it. Others have called the film a "puzzle" with pieces out of order and perhaps even missing.

I liked the idea of a man who kills himself for no reason, and everyone around left to wonder. I am less thrilled about some of the follow-up. His life as a mystery seems better to me than exploring it, but others may disagree.


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