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

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 11 November 2009
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A rookie Yorkshire journalist sets out to solve the case of a child murderer.

Director:

Julian Jarrold

Writers:

David Peace (novel), Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
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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 ... 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
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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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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 »

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[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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Noir... unrelenting TV Noir.
18 October 2010 | by Screen-7See all my reviews

In the DVD extras on this series, the director is reluctant to describe this series as "noir" but that's exactly how I'd describe it. It's not just average noir, it's inky black.

If you like the noir genre, then rent this series right away. No need to even bother reading the reviews! This is spectacularly good noir.

If you don't like noir, then stay clear of this series... you'll hate them.

If you're new or ambivalent to the noir genre -- be warned that you won't be rewarded with even the dust of a warm fuzzy. But you will be rewarded with fantastic writing, layered story telling, great acting, quality cinematography, compelling characters and, simply, some of the best TV I've ever seen.

Probably the only caveat are the Yorkshire accents which are heavy. I enjoy accents and usually have no trouble understanding them but it's not just the accents ... it's the grammar and vocabulary too. But, if you're fine with subtitles, then it's no problem.


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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: The Year of Our Lord 1974 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,526, 7 February 2010

Gross USA:

$151,644

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,644
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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