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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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Robert Altman

Writers:

Julian Fellowes, Robert Altman (based upon an idea by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Smith ... Constance Trentham
Michael Gambon ... William McCordle
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Sylvia McCordle
Camilla Rutherford ... Isobel McCordle
Charles Dance ... Raymond Stockbridge
Geraldine Somerville ... Louisa Stockbridge
Tom Hollander ... Anthony Meredith
Natasha Wightman ... Lavinia Meredith
Jeremy Northam ... Ivor Novello
Bob Balaban ... Morris Weissman
James Wilby ... Freddie Nesbitt
Claudie Blakley ... Mabel Nesbitt
Laurence Fox ... Rupert Standish
Trent Ford ... Jeremy Blond
Ryan Phillippe ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | UK | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gosford Park See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an attempt to keep the dialogue in scenes feeling more natural, Director Robert Altman read the script as little as possible so he wouldn't know the characters' lines. He relied heavily on script supervisors to ensure that all the important beats in scenes were met, consulting with them after each take. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Croft and the cook are counting the knives, servants are bringing the candelabra from the dining room down the stairs. Then the gentlemen are in the dining room, where the candelabra are still lit. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Croft: He's very full of himself, I must say. Doesn't eat meat. He's coming to a shooting party and he doesn't eat meat.
Mrs. Wilson: Now now Mrs Croft. We don't want to be thought unsophisticated do we? Mr Weissman's an American. They do things differently there.
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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 »

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Referenced in Downton Abbey Revisited (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep the Home Fires Burning
(1915)
Sung by Jeremy Northam
Music By Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Lena Guilbert Ford
© Ascherberg Hopwood & Crew Limited
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
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Didn't quite do it for me
27 April 2005 | by AntagonistenSee all my reviews

Sometimes when i see a movie i walk out of the theater with a strange sensation. Not exactly knowing what it was i just watched. It was not great, nor was it bad. And soon, within fifteen minutes of my departure from my seat, do i begin having trouble retelling the story of the movie or even saying what it was about. Gosford Park is one of those movies.

Robert Altman certainly shows that he is a very competent film-maker here. Both technically complete as well as narratively interesting this movie is filled with directorial skills. It certainly doesn't lack the actors either, this film is very well acted throughout. Which is not really surprising considering the credits, a long line of fine actors. The story is nothing revolutionary, but quite interestingly told. It's given from two perspectives, first the noble people and then their servants. A relationship that is also causing quite a lot of comedy.

So with all that i have recounted above this should be a great movie. Well, i would have to say both yes and no. While i found it to have many qualities there is just something about the whole thing that failed to excite me. Sometimes when i watch a movie i get the feeling that the director has almost worked too hard trying to perfect his style. I get that feeling here. The movie is almost too much, like someone somewhere is trying too hard. Or maybe it's just me. For whatever reasons this polished and well thought-through movie just didn't quite do it for me, even though it was certainly decent entertainment for as long as it lasted. I rate it 6/10.


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