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Drowning by Numbers (1988)

R | | Comedy, Drama | June 1991 (USA)
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Three generations of women all share the same problem: marriage woes, and they want to put an end to it.

Director:

Peter Greenaway

Writer:

Peter Greenaway
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Plowright ... Cissie Colpitts 1
Juliet Stevenson ... Cissie Colpitts 2
Joely Richardson ... Cissie Colpitts 3
Bernard Hill ... Madgett
Jason Edwards ... Smut
Bryan Pringle ... Jake
Trevor Cooper ... Hardy
David Morrissey ... Bellamy
John Rogan John Rogan ... Gregory
Paul Mooney Paul Mooney ... Teigan
Jane Gurnett Jane Gurnett ... Nancy
Kenny Ireland ... Jonah Bognor
Michael Percival ... Moses Bognor
Joanna Dickens Joanna Dickens ... Mrs. Hardy
Janine Duvitski ... Marina Bellamy
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Storyline

Tired of her husband's philandering ways, the mother of two daughters drowns her husband. With the reluctant help of the local coroner, the murder is covered up. Her daughters are having similar problems with relationships, and tend to follow their mother's example, and the coroner becomes reluctantly involved in their murders as well. As the plot progresses, visual and spoken numbers appear in the scenes, counting from one to one hundred. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The great death game.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for numerous scenes of nudity and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drowning by Numbers See more »

Filming Locations:

Suffolk, England, UK

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$424,773

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$424,773
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The runner throwing streamers as he runs along was based on a real, popular game in England, also known as "Paper Chase" and "Hare and Hounds": with the runner (hare) leaving streamers in his wake just as a hare leaves a scent. As such, the hounds will track him down based on the streamers (scent). See more »

Quotes

Cissie Colpitts 1: [looking at the sleeping body of her son-in-law] Do *all* fat men have little penises?
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Connections

References Vertical Features Remake (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

2nd Movement of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra K354
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by Alexander Balanescu (violin) and Jonathan Carney (viola)
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An unsung, all-time masterpiece.
28 May 2003 | by bechamelSee all my reviews

Not much I can add to the rave reviews above. A simple-complicated-ugly-beautiful-puzzle-painting of a film, which demands repeated viewings.

"Drowning" is not for everyone - but look at the breakdown on that voting. As I write this, this film got more "10"s than any other number.

I'm not into lists, but if you forced me, this would be my number one.

Go see (or rather go buy). If you've seen it before, see it again - new layers reveal themselves even now.


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