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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.


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


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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The introspection of the transformation of a pacifier
3 January 2020 | by meshamyrSee all my reviews

In a chaotic world where dissent, bickering, resentment is at peak retaining a grudge, distrust and envy has a huge impact in begating despair. It takes courage, agility and astute contemplation to dilute the polluted disparity from the state of distortion which the player clearly seem to have up his sleeves though his act was inexplicit yet that makes it more intriguing. The mosaic character also makes the protagonist all the more challenging to plunge into a state of hurdles with little assurance of positive certainty but the stake he took was worth taking.

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