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Drowning by Numbers ()


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Three generations of women all share the same problem: marriage woes, and they want to put an end to it.

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Cissie Colpitts 1
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Cissie Colpitts 2
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Cissie Colpitts 3
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Madgett
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Smut
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Jake
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Hardy
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Bellamy
John Rogan ...
Gregory
Paul Mooney ...
Teigan
Jane Gurnett ...
Nancy
Kenny Ireland ...
Jonah Bognor
Michael Percival ...
Moses Bognor
Joanna Dickens ...
Mrs. Hardy
Janine Duvitski ...
Marina Bellamy
Michael Fitzgerald ...
Mr. 70 Van Dyke
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Mr. 71 Van Dyke
Natalie Morse ...
The Skipping Girl
Arthur Spreckley ...
Sid the Gravedigger
Ian Talbot ...
The Police Detective
Roderic Leigh ...
The Policeman
Vanni Corbellini ...
The Hare
Jose Berg ...
Skipping Girl's Mother
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Peter Jaques ...
Priest (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Greenaway

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Peter Greenaway ... (written by)

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Peter Jaques ... line producer
Kees Kasander ... producer
Denis Wigman ... producer

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Michael Nyman

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Sacha Vierny

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John Wilson

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Milfid Ellis ... first assistant editor

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Sharon Howard-Field

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Ben van Os
Jan Roelfs

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Dien van Straalen

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Sjoerd Didden ... wig maker
Sara Meerman ... chief makeup
Mary Sturgess ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Evelien Jansen ... production manager

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Gerrit Martijn ... first assistant director

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Allard Bekker ... set dresser: Holland (as Allard Becker)
Nancy D'Ancona ... constructor
Peter Davies ... assistant construction
Michel De Graaf ... constructor: Holland
Constance de Vos ... set dresser
Lidewij Kapteijn ... constructor (as Liedewij Kapteyn)
Maarten Piersma ... constructor (as Marten Piersma)
Wilbert Van Dorp ... construction manager
Lawrie Ayres ... stand-by prop master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Lucas Boeke ... additional sound: Holland (as Lucas Boske)
Mick Boggis ... assistant dubbing mixer
Felicity Cottrell ... foley artist
Bill Garlic ... foley artist (as Bill Garlick)
Arno Hagers ... boom operator
Nigel Heath ... sound effects treatment
Garth Marshall ... sound recordist
Peter Maxwell ... dubbing mixer
Beryl Mortimer ... foley artist
Bridget Reiss ... dialogue editor
Shirley Shaw ... dialogue editor
Ted Swanscott ... adr mixer / foley mixer
Sarah Vickers ... dialogue editor
Chris Wyatt ... sound editor
Steve Hancock ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Noel Wallace ... dubbing projectionist (uncredited)

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Andy Bradford ... stunts
Peter Brayham ... stunt coordinator
Frank Kenton ... stunts
Les Maryon ... stunts (as Les Marion)

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Max Hoven ... electrician
Nico Komen ... electrician
Martin McCullough ... chief grip
Stephen Morley ... still photographer
Jeroen Planting ... electrician: Holland
Chris Renson ... focus puller
Adam Rodgers ... camera operator
Don Springall ... generator operator
Reinier van Brummelen ... chief electrician
Tinus Holthuis ... electrician (uncredited)

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Karen Lindsay-Stewart ... casting assistant

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Heather Williams ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Sophie Fiennes ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Marsten Bailey ... assistant music recording engineer
Alexander Balanescu ... musician: Violin
Bob Butterworth ... music recording engineer
Jonathan Carney ... musician: Violin
David Cunningham ... music producer
Andrew Findon ... musician: tenor and baritone sax and piccolo
David Fuest ... musician: clarinet and bass clarinet
Miranda Fulleylove ... musician: violin
Rosemary Furniss ... musician: violin
John Harle ... musician: soprano and alto sax
Tony Hinnigan ... musician: cello
Robin McGee ... musician: double bass
Michael Nyman ... musical director / musician: piano
Joe Rappaport ... musician: viola
David Roach ... musician: alto sax (as David Roah)
Steve Saunders ... musician: bass trombone
Jackie Shave ... musician: violin
Briony Shaw ... musician: violin
Andrew Shulman ... musician: cello
Michael Thompson ... musician: French horn
John Wilbraham ... musician: trumpet and fluegelhorn
Oliver Ledbury ... music preparation (uncredited)

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Jill Bennett ... production accountant
Crispin Buxton ... floor runner (as Crispin Buckstone)
Marietta De Vries ... continuity clerk
Walter Donohue ... creative advisor
Richard Edwards ... chaperon
Eljo Embregts ... production coordinator: Netherlands
Peter Eusebe ... job fit trainee
Chester Eyre ... laboratory contact
Carolyn Jardine ... publicist (as Caroline Jardine)
Charles McDonald ... publicist: UK
Alison Owen ... production coordinator
Steve Saunders ... bass trombone
Ann Tasker ... publicist
Roger Phillips ... title designer (uncredited)

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Billy Hinshelwood ... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 100. Written by Ed Sutton

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Taglines The great death game. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Conspiración de mujeres (Spain)
  • Kazu ni Oborete (Japan)
  • Conspiración de mujeres (Argentina)
  • Verschwörung der Frauen (West Germany)
  • Drowning by Numbers - Kohtalokkaat numerot (Finland)
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  • 118 min
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Trivia According to Peter Greenaway, there are 100 things beginning with the letter 'S' in Smut's room and, 100 things beginning with the letter 'M' in Madgett's room See more »
Movie Connections Featured in One Good Cop/FX2/Switch/Spartacus/Drowning by Numbers (1991). See more »
Soundtracks 2nd Movement of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra K354 See more »
Quotes Smut: The object of this game is to dare to fall with a noose around your neck from a place sufficiently high enough off the ground, such that the fall will hang you. The object of the game is to punish those who have caused great unhappiness by their selfish actions. This is the best game of all, because the winner is also the loser, and the judge's decision is always final.
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