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Gosford Park (2001)

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The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 32 wins & 73 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Constance Trentham
... William McCordle
... Sylvia McCordle
... Isobel McCordle
... Raymond Stockbridge
... Louisa Stockbridge
... Anthony Meredith
... Lavinia Meredith
... Ivor Novello
... Morris Weissman
... Freddie Nesbitt
... Mabel Nesbitt
... Rupert Standish
... Jeremy Blond
... Henry Denton
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Storyline

Set in the 1930s, the story takes place in an old-fashioned English country house where a weekend shooting party is underway. The story centers on the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, William McCordle. Getting on in years, William has become benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. As the weekend goes on, secrets are revealed, and it seems everyone, above stairs and below, wants a piece of William and his money, but how far will they go to get it? Written by Ashley <AMTOT@aol.com>

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Tea At Four. Dinner At Eight. Murder At Midnight.

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for some language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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18 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assassinato em Gosford Park  »

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Budget:

$19,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$395,162, 30 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$41,308,615, 6 June 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,754,044, 6 June 2002
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2.35 : 1
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During group scenes, director Robert Altman had two cameras going at all times, moving about (out of each other's shot, of course). His intention was to prevent the actors from acting to the camera but instead to play the scene more naturalistically. See more »

Goofs

When Lady Trentham is getting ready to leave, she doesn't have a scarf around her neck. When she goes to the vanity, she throws the scarf to Mary, but then in the next shot she is taking the scarf off. See more »

Quotes

Mary Maceachran: Nobody can stab a corpse and not know it.
Robert Parks: Really? When was the last time you stabbed a corpse?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits it says that the real Ivor Novello never took part in the fictional events portrayed in the film. See more »

Connections

References Upstairs, Downstairs (1971) See more »

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The Way It's Meant to Be
(2001)
Sung by Abigail Doyle
Music by Patrick Doyle
Lyrics by Robert Altman & Abigail Doyle
© Air-Edel Associates Ltd.
By kind permission of Air-Edel Associates Ltd.
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A Class Act
10 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a lovingly crafted, beautifully acted ensemble piece set in an English Country House which is superficially a murder mystery. In reality, it is damning indictment of the class system and the level of servitude expected from those at the top of the tree from those that wait upon them.

What was surprising was the level of humour that Altman brings to what is, as it unfolds, a very sad story of transgression and loss. Maggie Smith has all the funniest lines as a viscious but impoverished woman who comes to her family with begging cap in hand. Those playing characters "above stairs" all look and sound the part and effortlessly give the impression of wealth and privelege and the callousness that breeds.

Many of the "downstairs" characters drive the story and there are some wonderfully wry performances from the likes of Richard E Grant and Alan Bates. As the moral centre of the film, Kelly McDonald is excellent and is well matched by Emily Watson as Emily and Clive Owen as Parkes. Ruling the downstairs troop is Helen Mirren whose cool visage hides a seething mass of emotion. A well deserved nomination here.

Only Robert Altman could assemble a cast of this magnitude and distinction and have many of them speak no more than a few lines ! Greats of English theatre like Derek Jacobi have small but memorable roles and there is not a bad note struck from any of the predominantly English cast.

I was slightly puzzled by the character played by Ryan Phillipe (although his perforamce was fine) but felt that the intrusion of two Americans into this English mix worked well to highlight the entrenched class roles played by everyone in the house.

Whilst perhaps not his best work, this is a very good Altman film - we move in and out of conversations whilst never losing their import and the cimematography has a fluidity that few other film makers can match.

A classy piece of film-making that rewards careful attention from the viewer.


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