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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

According to Writer and Director Peter Greenaway, there are one hundred things beginning with the letter "s" in Smut's (Jason Edwards') room and one hundred things beginning with the letter "m" in Madgett's (Bernard Hill's) room. See more »

Quotes

Cissie Colpitts 1: The flies are settling on him.
Madgett: Well, shoo them off. Use a newspaper.
Cissie Colpitts 1: Madgett, I'm in need of legal aid, not a flyswatter.
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Connections

Referenced in Peter Greenaway in Indianapolis (1997) 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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Playful, quirky, and weird
10 April 2003 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

Such an obviously non-American film. I believe this was the first time I had seen Joan Plowright, and she was so good. Having seen more of her work since, I know this is no fluke. Everyone else was also good here, especially Joely Richardson and Bernard Hill. I won't go into any detail, but the movie is weird, weird, weird, and has a dark subject matter without being a dark film. Highly recommended for those looking for something different. Grade: A


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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