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, Sir William McCordle (Sir Michael Gambon). Getting on in years, William has become a benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. As the weekend goes on, secrets are revealed, and it seems that everyone, above stairs and below, wants a piece of William and his money, but how far will they go to get it?Written by
Robert Altman: [dialogue overlap] Rather than just use a typical boom mike to pick up dialogue, Altman had all of the actors and actresses wear portable microphones to assist in creating overlapping dialogue. He first developed this technique during A Wedding (1978), and used it several times. See more »
When Lewis and Probert are listening to the music, the shadow of the camera is visible just before the cut. See more »
[Morris Weissman is asked about his upcoming movie project]
Lady Sylvia McCordle:
Lady Sylvia McCordle:
Tell us about the film you're going to make.
Oh, sure. It's called "Charlie Chan In London". It's a detective story.
Set in London?
Well, not really. Most of it takes place at a shooting party in a country house. Sort of like this one, actually. Murder in the middle of the night, a lot of guests for the weekend, everyone's a suspect. You know, that sort of thing.
How horrid. And who turns out to have done it?
Oh, I couldn't ...
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Location filming at Syon House by kind permission of His Grace The Duke of Northumberland. See more »
This film was captivating from beginning to end. The exemplary performances by a veritable who's who would certainly be enough, but the film is a complete package. Altman's impeccable directing knits this amazing cast into a true ensemble. The best of British cinema did the film for scale, and sat around on long shooting days because they wanted to. Add to this a realistic and beautiful English setting and a complex, riveting story, and you have a film that can't miss. Anyone who doesn't enjoy this movie should stick to low budget thrillers and cheap summer teenage trifles, because this is a film for those who can understand plot, character, and the human condition. BackStage West gave it Best Ensemble Cast. Highly recommended.
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