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The Oxford Murders (2008)

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At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try to stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols.

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Álex de la Iglesia (as Alex de la Iglesia)

Writers:

Álex de la Iglesia (screenplay) (as Alex de la Iglesia), Jorge Guerricaechevarría (screenplay) (as Jorge Guerricachevarria) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elijah Wood ... Martin
John Hurt ... Arthur Seldom
Leonor Watling ... Lorna
Julie Cox ... Beth
Jim Carter ... Inspector Petersen
Alex Cox ... Kalman
Burn Gorman ... Yuri Podorov
Dominique Pinon ... Frank
Anna Massey ... Mrs. Eagleton
Danny Sapani ... Scott
Alan David Alan David ... Mr. Higgins
Tim Wallers ... Defense Lawyer
James Weber Brown ... Doctor
Ian East Ian East ... Howard Green
Charlotte Asprey ... Howard Green's Wife
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Storyline

Martin, a PhD student in mathematics, enrolls at Oxford in the hope of meeting his mentor, Professor Seldom. The young man manages to find lodging at Mrs. Eagleton's but in this house a stifling atmosphere prevails due to the landlady's attitude. Indeed Mrs. Eagleton, who happens to be a friend of Seldom's, is a haughty and unsympathetic woman who also stifles her daughter Beth. At the university, things do not fare much better as Martin is put in his place by his idol during one of Seldom's lectures. But his private life changes for the best as he starts an affair with Lorna, a beautiful girl he met during a game of squash. One night Seldom and Martin who find themselves at Mrs. Eagletons's discover her dead body. They are interrogated by the police. Soon afterwards they decide to lead their own private investigation... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Rated R for language, sexual content/nudity and some violence/disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Spain | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los crímenes de Oxford 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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Trivia

(At around eighteen minutes) The film gives a nod to Director Brian De Palma with an apparently seamless two plus minute tracking shot, travelling through multiple interior and exterior locations to reveal the first murder victim. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end when the bus with the kids crashes, first you see it totally engulfed in flames but then when they go back to it a minute or two later only the front of the bus is on fire and the rest of the bus is still white and not burned. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Seldom: We have an absolute truth! Everything is fake.
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Crazy Credits

The background to the credits sequence is a representation of a blackboard full of equations and mathematical formulae. See more »

Connections

References V for Vendetta (2005) See more »

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complete failure
14 May 2017 | by machielkolsteinSee all my reviews

Rarely a film fails on so many levels. The film tries to say "deep things" but clearly neither the writer nor the director have a clue what they are talking about, so all the "profound" stuff is merely ridiculous (low point: Wittgenstein during WWI writing in his notebook, and that's only the introduction to the film). As a Monty Python sketch that might have been funny, but since the film is pretending to say something serious, it's just embarrassing. The acting is abysmal, the plot is silly and full of holes, for some incomprehensible reason there are two girls who suddenly fall in love with the main character, but there's no way to understand why (or how, since there's zero chemistry). For me, the worst part were the dialogues, though. At the beginning, the American student who just finds a boarding room with some woman who used to know a number of famous mathematicians, picks up a photo and then explains who the people on the photo are, why they are famous, and a short Wikipedia biography of their lives. Subtle. "Well," says the woman, "you did your homework". If only the scriptwriters, the director and the actors would have done the same.


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