Gosford Park

Gosford Park

DVD - 2002
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Drama set at the country estate of Sir William McCordle in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a hunting party weekend when one of the group is murdered.
Edition: Collector's edition, widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780783271163
0783271166
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (138 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.

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1aa
May 21, 2019

Its rather like Downton Abbey, but not as boring. The intrigue is very slow to build (more than half the film), and the finale is not very exciting (unlike another film with a slow build - Marathon Man). It was surprising to see almost everyone just bored right after a murder. The young girl servant, who eventually solves it, well, its hard to see how she solved it, unless she was clairvoyant.

ArapahoeJillA Jan 16, 2019

Precursor to Downton Abbey and written by Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes, this movie has oh so many fabulous British actors, a murder mystery in an English country estate filled with tons of secrets, and Maggie Smith.

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ralwal
Sep 14, 2018

Was rather a waste of so much talent. So much talking, so much happening so fast, it was at times confusing. That Julian Fellowes went on to write Dowton Abbey is quite amazing.

This production had the potential to be a 5-star piece. In my opinion it failed excellence for one primary reason: Too much dialogue crammed into too little time.

If it were up to me I would have shot this as a 2-episode BBC television production and given it the time to be absorbed and appreciated. The talent that has been wasted is epic. Sad.

LPL_TriciaK Sep 07, 2018

If you haven't seen this smart and snarky English country house murder mystery, you are missing out! Director Robert Altman & writer Julian Fellowes (of Downton Abbey fame) join forces with top actors Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Clive Owen, Emily Watson - the list goes on. Stephen Fry is hilarious as the clueless Inspector. Tip: turn on the subtitles so you don't miss any of the dialog.

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duanetucker
Jan 03, 2018

Altman at his witty, subversive best !

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RoyalJellyIII
Oct 28, 2017

Robert Altman's 2001 Academy Award-winning "Gosford Park" defies easy characterization. Nominally a closed house English murder mystery taking place during a 1930's weekend shooting party at a country estate, it features a huge cast of developed characters, a variety of colliding subplots, and highly detailed period sets. Shot in typical Altman style, the camera ranges upstairs among the aristocrats and downstairs among the servants. There is so much going on that the actual murder almost gets lost in the near chaos.
This is a challenging film to watch. Viewers will want to take advantage of the extra features on this DVD for more insight into what is going and how "Gosford Park" was put together. It is in the end a highly entertaining movie, most apt to appeal to fans of Robert Altman's unique movie-making style and to fans of ensemble British movies.

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gingin1972
Dec 29, 2016

Boring crap!

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miaone
Nov 09, 2016

I really like this movie; I think I'll have to buy it. I love that it took me 4 viewings before I finally realized who did the killing. That kind of subtlety would not likely occur in an American-made movie.

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djaf
Aug 13, 2016

Great acting. Great directing, sets, costumes etc. Intricate story that you can watch over and over and see/understand something new each time. Fascinating special features. Loved it!

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Monolith
Jun 16, 2012

Morris Weissman: "How do you manage to put up with these people?" Ivor Novello: "Hmmph. You forget I earn my living by impersonating them."

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Monolith
Jun 16, 2012

Morris Weissman (on the phone, discussing casting for his movie): "What about Claudette Colbert? She's British, isn't she? She sounds British... Is she, like, "affected" or is she British?"

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Monolith
Jun 16, 2012

Maid (of Henry Denton): "Do you think he's the murderer?" Robert Parks: "It's worse than that - he's an actor!"

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Monolith
Jun 16, 2012

Elsie: "You know what I heard... Oh, just listen to me..." Mary Maceachran: "What?" Elsie: "Why do we spend our lives living through them? I mean look at poor old Lewis. If her own mother had a heart attack, she'd think it was less important than one of Lady Sylvia's farts."

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Monolith
Jun 16, 2012

Anthony Meredith (sampling some fruit jams): "Why is it, would you say, that some... people seem to get whatever they want in life... Anything they touch turns to gold... whereas others can strive and strive... and have nothing... I wonder, do you believe in luck? Seems some men are lucky, and... some men just aren't, and... nothing they can do about it..." Dorothy: "I believe in love. Not just getting it - giving it. I think as long as you can love somebody, whether or not they love you, then it's worth it. I..." (she goes back to her duties) Anthony Meredith: "That's a good answer..."

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Jun 16, 2012

Constance: "Tell me, what happened to William's little maid? I never saw her again after that dinner." Mary Maceachran: "Elsie?" Constance: "Hmm." Mary Maceachran: "She's gone." Constance: "Aw, it's a pity, really. I thought it was a good idea to have someone in the house who is actually sorry he's dead."

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