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Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009)

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A rookie Yorkshire journalist sets out to solve the case of a child murderer.


Julian Jarrold


David Peace (novel), Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
3,863 ( 435)
4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Garfield ... Eddie Dunford
David Morrissey ... Maurice Jobson
John Henshaw John Henshaw ... Bill Hadley
Anthony Flanagan ... Barry Gannon
Warren Clarke ... Bill Molloy
Jennifer Hennessy ... Mrs Kemplay
Mary Jo Randle Mary Jo Randle ... Eddie's Mum
Rachel Jane Allen Rachel Jane Allen ... Susan Dunford
Rita May Rita May ... Aunty Win
Graham Walker Graham Walker ... Uncle Eric
Berwick Kaler ... George Greaves
Katherine Vasey Katherine Vasey ... Steph (as Katharine Vasey)
Danny Cunningham Danny Cunningham ... Gaz
Michelle Dockery ... Kathryn Tyler
Robert Sheehan ... BJ


In 1974, Eddie Dunford, comes home from South England and gets a job as a cub reporter for the Yorkshire Post. A schoolgirl has gone missing, and Eddie suspects it's one of several crimes dating back six years; the police think not and blame gypsies. Eddie digs; the police stonewall him then two of them beat him after he visits the widowed mother of one of the girls missing for a few years. When a child's body turns up at a construction site of local building magnate John Dawson, Eddie has another thread to pull. By now, he's begun an affair with Paula, the widowed mother, and he suspects collusion among Dawson, the police, and his newspaper - but what are they covering up? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An epic tale of murder, corruption and obsession.


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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK]





Release Date:

11 November 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Riding 1974 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of the trilogy, "Red Riding", derives from two main sources - Yorkshire, the location of the crimes, and Red Riding Hood, the traditional tale. Yorkshire, a county of England, is divided into three sections or ridings. The action takes place in the West Riding. One of the girls who goes missing is wearing a red anorak or hooded jacket, and one of the attackers bears the nickname, Wolf. See more »


[first lines]
Eddie Dunford: Little girl goes missing, the pack salivates. If it bleeds it leads, right? Eddie Dunford, crime correspondent, back home to take the north. Business first. Dad won't mind waiting.
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Red Riding 1974: get to know the the new spider-man
23 August 2010 | by Alexander666DeLargeSee all my reviews

I bought the Red Riding Trilogy on DVD last week. I've reading up on all the praise and the kind of story it portrays.

If you like stories that has police Corruption, with serial killers on the side and the Press interwoven in three movies, than this is a nice way to pass the time.

I am not English, so the back stories, truth or fiction, i was not that familiar with. The thing i did know, was the stellar cast that's in it. As a movie buff, its nice to see the cream of the crop of English actors.Sean Bean makes the effort for the most of the time worth seeing. But there are more. Class Actor Warren Clarke gives a short but intense moment as the chief of police. And another copper called Bob Craven, here played by Sean Harris. I saw this guy in several movies like Harry Brown and 24 hour party people, and i can tell you he scares the hell out of me (if you get a change to get the DVD, watch the making of 1980, you'll get the picture).

But the man who must lead you through this story of corruption and missing children is Eddie Dunford, played by Andrew Garfield. He is cocky, thorough reporter, who has a weakness for the ladies. He even starts a romantic relationship with one of the victims mother's (Rebecca Hall. I thought Garfield did a great acting job, just as he did in 2007s Boy A. Here he also gets reunited another actor from that movie, Peter Mullan.

I'm happy that the film doesn't use any archive footage of the real murders. It stands as mostly a fictional story thats very well shot. The look is very authentic and the Smokey atmosphere helps a lot.

The only criticism for me is, you feel its made for television. I get the point that it was meant for cable release in the UK, therefore i am easy on the score, because for a TV production, this is topnotch.

I yet have to see 1983, but i already like the way 1980 has so much hints to 1974, that it really does justice as a Trilogy and as individual films.

Final Judgement 8 out of 10

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