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Separate Lies (2005)

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A couple's marriage is complicated by the introduction of a third party.



(based on the novel by "A Way Through the Wood"),
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... James Manning
... Anne Manning
... Priscilla
John Warnaby ... Simon
... Bill Bule
... Sarah Tufnell
... Maggie
Christine Lohr ... Nurse
Alice O'Connell ... Maggie's Daughter
... Lord Rawston
Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes ... Bill's Son Charles
Henry Drake ... Bill's Son Freddy
... Inspector Marshall
Sabine Tourtellier ... Receptionist
Philip Rham ... French Lawyer


A cyclist is killed, swiped by a Range Rover in a village lane. James and Anne Manning become involved because the victim is the husband of their cleaner, Maggie. James, a solicitor in the city, soon comes to suspect William Bule, a millionaire playboy who has moved back to the village. William, pressed by James, confesses to the hit and run. But the confession is clouded by Anne's admission of her affair with William. Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »





Release Date:

18 November 2005 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Laberinto de mentiras  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,341, 18 September 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$923,347, 18 December 2005
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1.85 : 1
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Last full length cinema film of John Neville. See more »


James Manning: [to Anne] Why'd you tell people? They wouldn't have found out.
Priscilla: That's a Londoner talking.
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References ER (1994) See more »

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Wanted to Like this Film, but it fell short
23 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

First of all, I would like to say that I am a fan of all of the actors that appear in this film and at the time that I rented it, I wanted to like it.

I think that the main reason that I was so disappointed was that the outside box promised me a suspense thriller. In my eyes, a suspense thriller for British movies is like something out of a Ruth Rendell novel, something that has a lot of dark twist and turns and leaves the viewer with an ending that is unlikely to be forgotten anytime soon.

This movie started out with the promising note of being such a film. We have our main character, that suspects a man that he does not like, of being involved in a hit and run that killed the husband of one of his servants.His notions prove to be right, but the idea that his wife might be involved, does not occur to him until that she confesses to him that she was a part of the crime.

The elements of a good suspense thriller were in place, at this point, but from there, I felt that the film took a different direction and became almost some sort of a mild soap opera about who wants to be with who and what the love of a real relationship is. The film might have been enjoyable to me, if the outside box had talked of a twisted lover's triangle and had not been labeled as suspense thriller.This seemed to be more of a soap opera story and the beginning setting seemed to be a mild distraction to the true content of the film. I felt like this film could have done a whole lot better than it did. I felt like it kept leading the viewer up to a big event that never materialized. So, I have to give it a lower rating than I would have liked to and say that it fell short of my expectations.

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