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Shooting the Past (1999)

A US property developer realises that he has a battle on his hands when he tries to renovate a London building containing a vast photographic collection and discovers that the library ... See full summary »

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Stephen Poliakoff
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lindsay Duncan ... Marilyn Truman
Timothy Spall ... Oswald Bates
Liam Cunningham ... Christopher Anderson
Billie Whitelaw ... Veronica
Emilia Fox ... Spig
Arj Barker ... Garnett
Blake Ritson ... Nick
Sheila Dunne Sheila Dunne ... Molly (as Sheila Dunn)
Jean Channon Jean Channon ... Dinner Lady
Jennifer House Jennifer House ... Dinner Lady
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Doctor (as Geoffery Beevers)
Lesley McGuire Lesley McGuire ... Nurse (as Leslie McGuire)
Andy Serkis ... Styeman
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A US property developer realises that he has a battle on his hands when he tries to renovate a London building containing a vast photographic collection and discovers that the library employees will resort to anything to thwart him. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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English

Release Date:

21 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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Valokuvien vangit See more »

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TalkBack Productions See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The fictional photographic collection is based on (and the pictures seen are taken from) the BBC Hulton Picture Library (which began as the photographic archive of the famous Picture Post magazine). This collection is now part of Getty Images. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two different versions were released: a UK version consisting of one 70-minute episode and one 152-minute episode and an overseas version consisting of three 75-minute episodes. See more »

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My favourite Poliakoff drama
20 February 2006 | by jhsteelSee all my reviews

The atmosphere created in Shooting the Past is so compelling that it draws the viewer into its improbable world, and we accept that it could happen. The music is hypnotic, the photographs are fascinating, but most of all, the performances are wonderful. Lindsay Duncan is passionate and controlled at the same time - her dedication to her job is absolute. The sexual tension between her character and Liam Cunningham's is another factor that made it impossible to stop watching. All the English characters seem eccentric in some way, as you might expect from people who work in a photo library, but they are all 3-dimensional and I felt that I knew them by the end. As usual, Poliakoff has created a fantasy world which seems like the real world, but unexpected things happen and it's difficult to predict what the outcome will be. It gives us hope that we can do unexpected things ourselves. It is a drama of astonishing depth and must be seen - preferably several times.


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