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
Theatrical movie debut of Laurence Fox (Rupert Standish). His first scene is as the passenger, speeding up in the open roadster, in the driveway/courtyard, where Mary (Kelly Macdonald) has just brought a cup of coffee to her (and her mistress', Lady Trentham's) chauffeur. See more »
When Mrs. Wilson enters the Servants' Hall while the inspector is telling the staff that he will be leaving, Mrs. Croft exits the room but the door remains open behind the Inspector. When Mrs. Wilson leaves the room, Mrs. Croft reenters, the door is shut and she opens it. See more »
Who is it?
Oh, I'm ever so sorry, sir.
Sorry for what?
I'm supposed to get the fire lit without waking you.
Why does everyone treat me as if I were one of these stupid snobs? I spent half the week downstairs with all of you.
You can't be on both teams at once, sir.
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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 »
An excellent period film with an outstanding cast.
This Robert Altman film is one of the best movies of the last decade. The main plot and many sub-plots appear slow to most uninitiated people, but to those who understand the British class system and its demise will find this a truly gripping and amusing film. The performances by the mainly British cast is vastly superior to that which would be given by our American friends.
Maggie Smith deserves a special mention for her outstanding performance as the aged leech Aunt, and the timing of her lines is immaculate.
The only criticism I have of the cast is............why Stephen Fry?? Hugh Laurie would have been more suited to this role.
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