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
Near the end, Rupert and Jeremy are about to drive away and the cigarette in Rupert's mouth disappears between shots. See more »
[Many years ago, Sylvia and Louisa cut cards to decide which of them would marry Sir William. Louisa lost]
Anyone care for a game of bridge after dinner? Louisa, how about you?
Oh, I don't think so. I've rather gone off cards. I've never been very lucky with them.
Sir William McCordle:
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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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