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Separate Lies (2005)

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

Director:

Julian Fellowes

Writers:

Nigel Balchin (based on the novel by "A Way Through the Wood"), Julian Fellowes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Wilkinson ... James Manning
Emily Watson ... Anne Manning
Hermione Norris ... Priscilla
John Warnaby John Warnaby ... Simon
Rupert Everett ... Bill Bule
Richenda Carey ... Sarah Tufnell
Linda Bassett ... Maggie
Christine Lohr Christine Lohr ... Nurse
Alice O'Connell Alice O'Connell ... Maggie's Daughter
John Neville ... Lord Rawston
Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes ... Bill's Son Charles
Henry Drake Henry Drake ... Bill's Son Freddy
David Harewood ... Inspector Marshall
Sabine Tourtellier Sabine Tourtellier ... Receptionist
Philip Rham Philip Rham ... French Lawyer
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Storyline

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 »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 November 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Laberinto de mentiras See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,341, 18 September 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$923,347, 18 December 2005
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Last full length cinema film of John Neville. See more »

Goofs

When Anne and James met out in the rain for a last goodbye it was very obvious that the rain was manufactured. The rain came down mainly where they were standing and the WAY it came down was not realistic at all. See more »

Quotes

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 5 Fingers (1952) See more »

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No fuss please, we're British
25 January 2009 | by fanaticusanonymousSee all my reviews

Julian Fellowes, the distinguished writer of "Godsford Park", presents us with another civilized tale of self contained emotions. This time however, the ingredients are somehow at odds with each other and the strange taste that left in my palate indicates that, perhaps, it was removed from the oven a little too soon. I longed for Joseph Losey at the helm and Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles and Alan Bates as the protagonists. Emily Watson is always marvelous but here, she doesn't have the kind of support she, as an actress or as a character, deserved and/or needed. Tom Wilkinson, as good as he is, doesn't have the layers of a Dirk Bogarde or James Mason. He is exactly what you get and Rupert Everett, who became a star overnight with Julian Mitchell's "Another Country" has taken a strange and puzzling road. His close ups are kind of frightening. His mouth has become the center of attention and not the kind of attention one would expect. It belongs to the villain in a horror movie. I noticed that already in his comedy with Madonna. I know, perhaps, all this sounds irrelevant but it conditioned my response to "Separate Lies" I wanted to be riveted and I wasn't.


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