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Cause célèbre (1989)

When a woman's husband is murdered by her lover, they are both tried for murder. The prosecution claims that she is the mastermind behind the crime, but she has an ace up her sleeve.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alma Rattenbury
... Francis Rattenbury
... T.J. O'Connor K.C.
... George Bowman
... Irene Riggs
... Mr. Justice Humphreys
... R.P. Croom Johnson K.C.
... J.D. Casswell
Gillian Martell ... Joan Webster
... Constable Bagwell
David Simeon ... Inspector Carter
Neil Jeffery ... Christopher
... Little John
Adam Blackwood ... Ewan Montagu
... E. Marshall Harvey
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When a woman's husband is murdered by her lover, they are both tried for murder. The prosecution claims that she is the mastermind behind the crime, but she has an ace up her sleeve.

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4 May 1989 (Poland)  »

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Causa célebre  »

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The story is based on the true story of the murder of Francis Rattenbury, and is faithful to the facts. However George's surname had to be changed as the real person (George Percy Stoner) was alive when the play was written and when the TV adaptation was produced. See more »

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Roses of Picardy
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Music by Haydn Wood
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i loved this story
5 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

As usual, Helen Mirren has it all wrapped up. I knew it would be great when she goes from smiling to weeping in the course of 10 seconds at the piano scene near the beginning of the film. Amazing how she does that. THis character seemed lighter than most of the characters she plays--but underneath you know that she is suffering and drowning in her despair from the very beginning. You think that the woman is hopelessly flawed because of her seemingly superficial need for money and status, and for her interest in a much younger man. Then you realize she is playing such a complicated character that you can't even imagine how she did it. Helen mirren. Amazing.


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