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Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1983 (2009)

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Plagued by guilt, a corrupt police official attempts to solve the case of a missing schoolgirl after seeing connections between her disappearance and a rash of prior abductions.

Director:

Anand Tucker

Writers:

David Peace (novel), Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Morrissey ... Maurice Jobson
Lisa Howard Lisa Howard ... Judith Jobson
Chris Walker Chris Walker ... Jim Prentice
Shaun Dooley ... Dick Alderman
Jim Carter ... Harold Angus
Warren Clarke ... Bill Molloy
Sean Bean ... John Dawson
Sean Harris ... Bob Craven
Steven Robertson ... Bob Fraser
Tony Mooney Tony Mooney ... Tommy Douglas
Tony Pitts ... John Nolan
Michelle Dockery ... Kathryn Tyler
Andrew Cryer Andrew Cryer ... Mr Atkins (as Andy Cryer)
Mark Addy ... John Piggott
Beatrice Kelley Beatrice Kelley ... Mrs Myshkin
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Storyline

A murky tale. A child goes missing in West Yorkshire, one of several over ten years; the police find a patsy, an acquaintance of Michael, a blood simple man serving a life sentence for another girl's death. Michael's mother asks John Piggott, a burned-out solicitor, to look into her son's conviction; Piggott finds injustices in current and past cases. Maurice Jobson, part of a group of corrupt cops, searches for the missing girl, involves a medium, finds nothing, leans hard on Piggott, and may be tiring of the sham. He's warned off going soft. Is there moral strength anywhere capable of facing down the cabal? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Riding 1983 See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sean Bean and Mark Addey, would later star together in Game Of Thrones. See more »

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[last lines]
BJ: Here is one that got away, and lived to tell the tale. From Karachi Social Club and Griffin Hotel; Wakefield Nick and St. Mary's Hostel; motorways and car parks; parks and toilets; idle rich and unemployed. From shit they sell and shit we buy; from kids with no mums and mums with no kid; from all dead meat to my dead friends. Pubs and clubs; from gutters and stars; local tips and old slag heaps. From badgers, and owls, wolves and swans. Here is a son of Yorkshire. Here is one... ...
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Followed by Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1980 (2009) See more »

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Criminal Thriller is not a word I will use for this, more like: Disturbing.
20 March 2009 | by nodisalsiSee all my reviews

The Red Riding trilogy is not something one would normally watch for comedy style entertainment. The underworld criminal corruption and fascist bastard Yorkshire police encountered so far in the first two parts are just touching the surface of this crime drama; beneath this is sick, violent and twisted evil. And the final episode lays it bare.

I have to say the performance by the cast is extraordinary. Sure, you can say that actors like Sean Bean and Paddy Considine do possess a degree of cool and that they easily endow upon their character roles. However, in the final part, something happens which really surprised me and gave me the creeps.

The setting for this trilogy: 1970-1980's Britain, has touched a nostalgic nerve in me - a 40 year old Brit. However, my memories of Gypsies, vandalised cars on the street and the grassy wilderness that carries on from the back garden are all fond memories of my childhood. Red Riding brought me back into these days and these places, and introduced a host of beastly horrors and brutal realities of which - until now - I was blithely unaware.

Finally, I guess that in conclusion, I was specially targeted by this. But it may just be well-written, expertly researched, quintessentially British, supported by a great cast and neatly photographed. And the impact that was intended for the end - certainly worked on me.


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