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The Search for John Gissing (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 11 November 2001 (USA)
Matthew Barnes is a young exec on the move up who finds himself a pawn in corporate in-fighting when he's sent to London to oversee a merger. He's to replace John Gissing; Gissing's gotten ... See full summary »


Mike Binder


Mike Binder




Complete credited cast:
Mike Binder ... Matthew Barnes
Tim Briggs Tim Briggs ... Hotel Clerk
Allan Corduner ... Francois Fuller
Janeane Garofalo ... Linda Barnes
Frank Harper ... Dexter
Caroline Holdaway Caroline Holdaway ... Gissing's Secretary
James Lance ... Donny the Janitor
Lee Oakes Lee Oakes ... Cousin Carl Gissing
Angela Pleasence ... Johanna Frielduct
Alan Rickman ... John Gissing
Juliet Stevenson ... Gwenyth Moore
Owen Teale ... Giles Hanagan
Nigel Terry ... Alan Jardeen
Sonya Walger ... Sister Mary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Reid David Reid ... Man Who Wants to be a Woman (as Dave Reid)


Matthew Barnes is a young exec on the move up who finds himself a pawn in corporate in-fighting when he's sent to London to oversee a merger. He's to replace John Gissing; Gissing's gotten wind of it, and he makes sure that Matthew and his wife Linda, who has dutifully but reluctantly come to England, have a miserable first few days there. By the time Matthew figures out what's happening and declares a counter offensive, it may be too late to save himself from a transfer to Detroit. With Gissing still holding lots of cards and Linda more unhappy by the moment, Matthew must reevaluate. All out war? A partnership with Gissing? Some third way? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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[first lines]
Matthew Barnes: The fact that we weren't met at Heathrow was frustrating, I can't deny that. But when you work for one of these international conglomerates like I do you kind of expect that every now and then there'll be a paper jam that takes your life along with it.
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The last half of this is as funny as any film you will ever see..period
4 July 2011 | by nomoons11See all my reviews

I went into this to see one of Mrs. Garofalo's rare film titles not expecting anything but maybe a reality bites type of film. What I got was a fantastic surprise.

I will admit the first half of this film got annoying because Mike Binder's constant complaining about the situation wore on me but when he and Gissing meet, hold onto your seat, your gonna laugh. Binder sure picked a great supporting cast to round out this little gem. Alan Rickman is a comic genius in this one. He's the star of this w/o a doubt. In the beginning you will loathe him but in the end you'll be rooting for him. Every character in this is funny. Every actor was casted perfectly for this film.

How this film slipped under the radar and isn't any bigger than it is is a surprise to me. It's an absolute winner. If your bored one night and are searchin your netflix cue, browse to this title and wait for it...your gonna love it.

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11 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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A Busca por John Gissing See more »

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London, England, UK

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