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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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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 ... 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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Trivia

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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Absolutely Superb a must for anyone with brain left to think with
15 June 2005 | by mars-53See all my reviews

I am not a film buff, nor artistic to any degree, and I like action adventures just as much as the next brainless idiot. But this film is so generally superb that it even enticed me to make comment on this database. I am old, and British, and therefore have an affinity with the surroundings and the characters portrayed, as over my lifetime I have met similar similar doing all sorts of differing jobs. The type of eccentric played by Timothy Spall (superbly, but then we British would not have expected anything less of him) occurs more often than one would think. The diffident librarian captured perfectly by Billy Holiday. The Lady boss whom over time has lost nearly all of her self-consciousness at being put in charge of people whom display more knowledge and intelligence than she first gave them credit for, was played by Lindsay Duncan and was Brilliant. The unfortunate tycoon who found himself as the unwilling villain of the piece, is most sensitively played by Liam Cunninham. All the supporting cast played their characters extremely well. I recognised even the junior tea lady from the stance I remember from the past. There is just no criticism I can make of this production the direction , photography, music all blends into a seamless story of the fairly recent past.

I am not given to undue praise, but this film you may show to any member of family without offence. Although the Americans get slightly cast as villains, I can assure them all that Big business in Britain could equally be so cast, but would unlikely to have come out so well thought of.

Get this film and loose yourself in 2/3 hours of unadulterated thought provoking entertainment


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21 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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