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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 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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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UK

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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 »

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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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This "Ruby" is not really a gem!
18 May 2011 | by Billyjhobbs-1See all my reviews

"Ruby in the Smoke" really has lots of potential. It certainly has set the stage for future episodes. It's a Victorian suspense story (with excellent settings and scenery)based upon the original novel. PBS does its usual good job of making this one available. Alas, it has some serious shortcomings, especially for American audiences. Understanding the fast-paced "English" dialect was quite difficult, thus taking away from not only the plot and story line, but adding some confusion as well. Perhaps it's just fine for our friends in England, but the fact that I could not understand all the dialog was a disappointment. In addition. the characters just didn't come across as fully developed; Sally oftentimes was the weepy whiny Victorian woman and at other times, leaping into the 20th century with some of her "liberations." Greater interaction between the "good" characters would enhance the story (and hold viewers' interest more). Mrs. Holland comes across truly as the wicked woman she is and is perhaps the most convincing of the entire cast. Still, there are possibilities here and I, for one, am hoping to see this story developed into a more convincing series.


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