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An Inspector Calls (2015)

A mysterious Inspector investigates the wealthy Birling family and their dinner guests following the suicide of a young woman.

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Aisling Walsh

Writers:

J.B. Priestley (based on the play by), Helen Edmundson (adapted by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sophie Rundle ... Eva
Lucy Chappell ... Edna
Miranda Richardson ... Sybil Birling
Ken Stott ... Arthur Birling
Finn Cole ... Eric Birling
Chloe Pirrie ... Sheila Birling
Kyle Soller ... Gerald Croft
David Thewlis ... The Inspector
Flora Nicholson ... Miss Francis
Gary Davis ... Alderman Meggarty
Wanda Opalinska ... Charity Lady
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In 1912 pompous industrialist Arthur Birling, who has hopes of a knighthood, his superior wife Sybil and young son Eric are celebrating the engagement of daughter Sheila to eligible Gerald Croft when they are visited by blunt Inspector Goole. He tells them of the suicide of a young woman named Eva Smith and though they all claim not to have known her the inspector demonstrates that each in their own way contributed to her downfall, by having her dismissed from work or, in the young men's cases, having sexual relationships and then abandoning her. After Goole has left the youngsters feel ashamed and the engagement is halted but Arthur Birling, doubting the inspector's authority, rings the local police station. This is the prelude to a double shock which will lead to the family's humiliation and ruin. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Yorkshire, England, UK See more »

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Color:

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Based on the play of the same name, by J.B. Priestley. See more »

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Gerald leaves the room after Sheila has given him back her engagement ring, but the next time she appears, she still has the engagement ring on her finger. See more »

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[first lines]
Man: Do you believe in God?
Woman: Yes.
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Woman: I can't believe in people. I have to believe in something, or I'd fall - fall down through the cracks. Never stop falling.
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A great version of an old classic
12 November 2015 | by ruthfromozSee all my reviews

Having seen the original movie and a rather strange stage version starring the late Barry Foster, I had no doubts about the content of this telemovie - but was curious about how this modern version would treat it. Brilliantly cast, it did not disappoint, although it did tend to drag at times. On the whole the suspense was well maintained and it stayed quite close to the original, although the later scenes after the Inspector left the house were new and added little to the overall story. In fact it would have been better without them. This is a story that has to be taken at face value (the mystical part aside) - it would be easy to question the possibility that all the persons gathered together in that household had the impact they are supposed to have had on one young woman. It was written as a morality play, very relevant to its times and even today relevance can be found in many of the disclosures made. It tells us to think before we act and to be less likely to prejudge and to take responsibility for our actions. An interesting story, that makes you think - what more can one ask for?


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