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During a snowstorm, Patrick Roarke, a manservant, is found dead at the bottom of the main staircase in a gothic English mansion. Inspector Hatcher is sent to investigate the death. When he ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Scacchi ... Mrs. Ravenscroft
Gabrielle Anwar ... Charlotte Kleiner
Peter O'Toole ... Mr. Ravenscroft
Martin Dejdar ... Inspector Tomas Hatcher
Laura Harris ... Gillian Ravenscroft
Fay Masterson ... Dolly
Edie McClurg ... Mrs. Ellen French
Mark Huntley Mark Huntley ... Patrick Roarke
Nicholas Ball ... Sir Everett Blake
Jessica Marshall-Gardiner ... Miss Spencer (as Jessica Hathaway)
Michael Halstead Michael Halstead ... Mr. Forrester
Robert Russell Robert Russell ... Doctor McBride
Jirí Lábus ... Angus
Drahomíra Lírová Drahomíra Lírová ... Mother superior
Martina Vedralová Martina Vedralová ... Charlotte's daughter
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During a snowstorm, Patrick Roarke, a manservant, is found dead at the bottom of the main staircase in a gothic English mansion. Inspector Hatcher is sent to investigate the death. When he arrives, he finds a household consisting of five women: the somewhat eccentric Lady Ravenscroft and her mentally unstable daughter Gillian, the icy foreign governess Miss Keiner, the simple minded maid Dolly, and the sinister cook Mrs French. When questioned by the inspector, each of the women tells a different story, all of which are illustrated by flashback scenes showing the events as related by that particular person. Everybody seems to protect somebody and the inspector becomes increasingly intoxicated as he tries to untangle the web of lies in his endeavour to find out the truth. Written by cocoken

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Murder, adultery, lies, and lust. All in a day's work.

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

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Official Sites:

Berris Pictures

Country:

Czech Republic

Language:

English | Welsh

Release Date:

11 February 1999 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Rezydencja See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Peter O'Toole can be heard speaking Welsh in this film. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Ravenscroft: Dolly! Get your wretched wiggely little bum in here!
Dolly: Excuse me sir. If I don't go she'll kill me. Well... I don't mean actually kill me. I was speaking... you know... metaphysically.
Inspector Tomas Hatcher: You mean... metaphorically?
Dolly: As you say, sir.
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Before the cast is listed, text on screen outlines the further fate of the main characters in the film. The last line reads "Patrick Roarke remains dead". See more »

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Somewhat silly, occasionally boring
8 April 2008 | by irish23See all my reviews

This is one of those pictures where I find myself asking, "Why did so-and-so take this role?" The script is so-so and the direction bizarre at times. The actors are great, working their way through a not-completely-compelling whodunit.

The lead character is a Scotland Yard detective and therefore Must Ask Questions. A *lot* of questions. So there is a repeated pattern of question-answer, question-answer that gets grating after a while. As noted, the actors (especially Greta Scacchi) do a remarkable job of lifting this poor writing off the page and infusing it with wit and meaning.

Altogether I found it an odd film, trying desperately not to be a play (with bizarre editing) instead of just embracing its intimacy. The "mystery" gets buried beneath the direction but it might be something to watch on a rainy Sunday afternoon when you're sick in bed.


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