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The Shadow in the North (2007)

Sally Lockhart (Billie Piper) and friends investigate the disappearance of a steamship, a magician who is threatened by thugs, a psychic with dark visions, and a heartless industrialist.


John Alexander


Adrian Hodges (screenplay), Philip Pullman (novel)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Harris ... Axel Bellmann
Doña Croll Doña Croll ... Nellie Budd (as Dona Croll)
David Harewood ... Nicholas Bedwell
JJ Feild ... Frederick Garland
Billie Piper ... Sally Lockhart
Matt Smith ... Jim Taylor
John Standing ... Webster Garland
Antonia Pemberton Antonia Pemberton ... Miss Walsh
Hayley Atwell ... Rosa Garland
Owen Roe ... Bram Stoker
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Alistair MacKinnon
Richard Clews Richard Clews ... Mr. Windlesham
Phil Cornwell ... Harris
Peter Whittington Peter Whittington ... Society Gentleman
Jack Brady ... Sackville


Sally Lockhart (Billie Piper) now runs her own financial consulting business, while her friends Frederick Garland (J.J. Feild) and Jim Taylor (Matt Smith) have opened a detective agency. But when one of her clients loses money over a vanishing steamship, Sally and the young detectives join forces again. The mystery leads them to a threatened stage magician and a medium with a dark vision. Sally must also face an old enemy. Written by L. Hamre

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30 December 2007 (UK) See more »

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Aventurile lui Sally Lockhart: Misterul Pietrei Polare See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The red paisley waistcoat J.J. Feild (Frederick Garland) wore is the same costume Chris Gorell Barnes wore in The Regency House Party (2004), and Dan Stevens (Edward Ferrars) wore for Edward's arrival at Norland in Sense & Sensibility (2008). See more »

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Good movie but hard to believe
7 December 2009 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

Story by Philip Pullman

It starts off with a white woman marrying a black minister. Maybe I am wrong but I did not believe interracial marriages happened way way back then and all seemed to be kind of on the rich side and all getting along. It seemed phony

Billie Piper is very good in this, she is Sally Lockhart. She is trying to get finances back to a customer she has that lost money through a certain company. Her character works hard to get information to help her clients and is not stopped by threats or physical harm which she receives many times during this movie

There a number of people that seem to live in the same house as her all having different jobs. An old photographer, a detective, and a young photographer named Jim live in the same house has Sally and exchange information. Mr Bellman has an invention that he is pouring his money in to. I don't quite understand what it was it is important to this movie.

There are many characters in this story, a spiritualist, a magician and even a beautiful big dog that is Sally's.

At times it is very confusing who is who. There is one character named Isabelle that is in love with the magician. Her name is Lyndsey Marshal who is excellent in Garrows' Law.

It a good movie with good actors but to me much of the content is unbelievable.

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