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The Ruby in the Smoke (2006)

In Victorian England, a young woman searches for a priceless ruby and uncovers even greater mysteries.

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Brian Percival

Writers:

Adrian Hodges (screenplay), Philip Pullman (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billie Piper ... Sally Lockhart
Matt Smith ... Jim
Sian Thomas ... Mrs Rees
Kay Lyon Kay Lyon ... Ellen
Robert Putt Robert Putt ... Porter
Trevor Cooper ... Mr Higgs
Robert Glenister ... Samuel Selby
Dominic Coleman ... Jeremiah Blyth
Miles Anderson ... Major Marchbanks
Tilly Vosburgh Tilly Vosburgh ... Mrs Thorpe
Chloe Walker Chloe Walker ... Adelaide
Julie Walters ... Mrs Holland
JJ Feild ... Frederick Garland
Ramon Tikaram ... Maharajah
Matthew Cureton Matthew Cureton ... Young Marchbanks
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Sally Lockhart attempts to find the meaning behind her late father's last letter which contained the phrase "the seven blessings" -- a cryptic message that can strike a man dead with fear. Sally is helped by her friends, including Frederick Garland, a photographer, and Jim, a young assistant at the family's shipping firm. The ever twisting mystery involves assassins, opium dens, Chinese gangs, and the Ruby of Agrapur. The priceless ruby is also sought by the ruthless Mrs. Holland, who is willing to kill to get her hands on it. Written by L. Hamre

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La maldición del rubí See more »

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Costars Billie Piper and Matt Smith would both go on to feature in Doctor Who (2005) - Billie Piper played companion Rose Tyler (2005-2006; 2008; 2013) and Matt Smith played the Eleventh Doctor (2010-2013). See more »

Alternate Versions

On the drama channel the film has been edited for violence by the creators of the film. The scene where a man has his throat slit has been heavily edited only showing a man about to flick the knife and only the rest of the flicking of the knife can be heard while showing the servant dropping the tray of drink in horror of what happened and then cutting to the next scene See more »

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Poor Mystery
22 March 2011 | by fubared1See all my reviews

Former Dr. Who companion and current Dr. Who in a lame, scattered 'mystery'. This one plays like a mystery novel in which pages have been cut out and the story jumps backward and forward all over the place with huge gaping holes in the plot. Poorly written with even worse 'direction'. In fact about the only thing to redeem this is the performance of Julie Walters, who makes a fabulous villain. But then this is a part she has done before in other films, so there is nothing new here. As for Piper and Smith, to say they give totally uninteresting performance would be being too kind. One can easily see why this disappeared after 2 episodes. There is very little to recommend it other than some nice costumes.


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