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Rag Tale (2005)

A romance that plays out in the splashy, sensational world of British tabloids.

Director:

Mary McGuckian

Writers:

Mary McGuckian (script), Jennifer Jason Leigh (devised in collaboration with) | 11 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Graves ... Editor - The Rag, Eddy Somerset Taylor
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Deputy Editor - The Rag, Mary Josephine (MJ) Morton
Lucy Davis ... Editor's PA - The Rag, Debbs
John Sessions ... Political Editor - The Rag, Felix Miles Sty
Bill Paterson ... News Editor - The Rag, Tulloch (Lucky) Lloyd
Sara Stockbridge Sara Stockbridge ... Fashion Editor - The Rag, Sally May Ponsonby
Cal MacAninch ... Sports Editor - The Rag, Paul (Mac) MacAvoy
David Hayman ... Picture Editor - The Rag, Geoff (P3) Randal
Simon Callow ... Features Editor - The Rag, Cormac (Fat Boy) Rourke
Malcolm McDowell ... Chairman - Global Media Inc, Richard (The Chief) Morton
Kerry Fox ... Editor - The Press, Peach James Taylor
Ian Hart ... Photographer, Morph
Tom Leick ... Peach's Secretary
Thomas Sanne Thomas Sanne ... Royal Advisor 1
Julian Nest ... Royal Advisor 2
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A romance that plays out in the splashy, sensational world of British tabloids.

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Get a handle on the scandal.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Drama

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Country:

Luxembourg | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Escándalo en la redacción See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The *absolute* worst rubbish I've ever seen.
15 August 2007 | by irivlinSee all my reviews

It's sad that directors with no talent use odd cinematographic techniques in an attempt to disguise the film's inadequacies. What's worse though, is the stupid sheep-like gullibility of some of the viewing public who interpret such "novelty" as daring and mold-breaking. Mary McGuckian is plainly a person devoid of talent, vision or taste. Do I hear you say "But it's refreshing to see a director explore new ideas"? Yes, it is refreshing but this no-talent director has simply exhibited pretension and stupidity - any fool can do that. Mary McGuckian is not going to be part of cinema's future. - She'll just slink into the shadows of obscurity and those few who remember her so-called efforts will regard the experience with revulsion. I would have rather been able to sum up Rag Tale as MINUS 10 but 1 out of 10 was the lowest I could award. 1 out of 10 is clearly undeserved praise and might (horror of horrors) encourage this egregious blight on cinema to direct another movie. - I (as I'm sure most other people will) shudder at the thought.

Somehow, I imagine this breathtakingly inadequate director could even mess up sweeping the streets, so I won't suggest she takes this up as a profession. - If she did, walking around her home town would be a whole lot harder than it is now.

Ed Wood's movies were so mind-bogglingly superior (even at their worst) to this woman's pathetic offerings that I feel embarrassed at those who awarded Ed Wood the soubriquet as "worst director ever". At least we could watch his films and laugh at how amateurish they were. In Mary McGuckian's case, we can't even do that. There's nothing in Rag Tale to raise a smile - not even a smile of poignant sadness. What in heaven's name was the producer thinking about to allow this claptrap to be released? He should be jailed for inflicting cruel and unusual punishment on the audience. Don't watch this film within 5 hours of eating food - it'll come right back in your lap.


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