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The Scapegoat (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 September 2012 (UK)
Set in 1952, as England prepares for the coronation, this movie tells the story of two very different men who have one thing in common - a face.

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Charles Sturridge
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Rhys ... John / Johnny
Eileen Atkins ... Lady Spence
Anton Lesser ... Father McReady
Jodhi May ... Blanche
Phoebe Nicholls ... Charlotte
Alice Orr-Ewing ... Frances
Andrew Scott ... Paul
Sheridan Smith ... Nina
Sylvie Testud ... Bela
Pip Torrens ... George
Ian Mercer ... Fincher
Eloise Webb ... Mary Lou
Julian Wadham ... Headmaster
Richard Ridings ... Landlord
Roland Oliver Roland Oliver ... Arthur Moffat
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Storyline

As England is preparing for the coronation of Elizabeth II, schoolmaster John Standing (Matthew Rhys) comes face to face with Johnny Spence (Matthew Rhys), his exact double in appearance. After a night of drinking, Standing awakes to find Spence has stolen his identity. Unsuccessful at explaining the unusual situation, Standing settles into the vacancy left by Johnny Spence. Yet with his new life comes numerous problems, including trying to juggle a wife and two mistresses and family secrets that could prove to be deadly. Written by L. Hamre

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This movie takes place in 1952. See more »

Goofs

When John is "confessing" to Fr. McCready, the good father tells Jhon that the unborn child of the suicide had a mortal sin on its soul and that that sin was of the child's father. That is clearly contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. The sin that would have been relevant was Original Sin, and Original Sin is the result of the sin of Adam. See more »

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Loved it
16 September 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I liked this "Scapegoat" from 2012 better than the 1959 version, though they are both good. This one is warmer and I love the message the maid gives John at the end.

Set in England of 1952 at the time of the Coronation (changed from France) John and Johnny (Matthew Rhys) meet by accident and are both shocked - they look exactly alike. John has been let go from his teaching position and is on a walking tour; Johnny comes from big money and is dreading going home. John gets drunk and when he wakes up in the morning, all his things are gone and in their place are all of Johnny's things. A chauffeur arrives to pick him up and John reluctantly goes along. When he gets to this huge estate, he tries to tell the various people in the house that he's not Johnny, but no one listens. So he becomes Johnny.

John learns a few things about Johnny. He has a wife (Alice Ewing-Orr) and a child (Eloise Webb). He's sleeping with his sister-in-law (Jodhi May) and a woman in the village (Sylvie Testud); his sister (Sheridan Smith) loathes him; his mother (Eileen Atkins) is a morphine addict and he is to have brought her more; and his brother (Andrew Scott) is in his shadow. And he has been away to settle a contract dispute with their foundry's biggest client.

John, however, being much more sensitive and sober than Johnny, realizes something else: This is a wonderful family that, like the family's business, is in desperate need of some love and attention. Unfortunately, when Johnny returns under cover of darkness for his own nefarious reasons, he doesn't like it when he realizes that John has completely taken over and decides to re-enter the family and take care of business.

Wonderful story, well acted by all involved, particularly Matthew Rhys in the dual role as the gentle John and the aggressive Johnny, who is only out for himself. At the end, his mother's nursemaid (Phoebe Nichols) has some words of wisdom. I love the ending.

Very entertaining. Don't dwell on how unrealistic it is. Lots of things are. Enjoy it for what it is.


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9 September 2012 (UK) See more »

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