Gosford Park

shown September   2002

Tea At Four. Dinner At Eight. 
Murder At Midnight

'It is November 1932 at Gosford Park, the magnificent country estate to which Sir William McCordle and his wife, Lady Sylvia, gather relations and friends for a weekend shooting party. Their eclectic group of invites includes a countess, a World War I hero, the British matinee idol Ivor Novello and an American film producer who makes Charlie Chan movies. As the guests assemble in the gilded drawing rooms, their personal maids and valets are busy in the teeming kitchens and corridors downstairs. But all is not as it seems: neither the bejeweled guests lunching and dining at their enormous leisure, nor the servants laboring in their stark work stations. Part comedy of manners and part mystery, this tale portrays events that bridge generations, class, sex, tragic personal history--and culminate in murder. 


"an extraordinarily elegant piece of filmmaking"
Philip French,The Observer

"Altman's finest work in years, a stinging yet sensitive satire tempered by a tender sympathy for his repressed souls."
-- Sean Axmaker, NITRATE ONLINE

"Altman seems to be having a good time running his spectacular cast through its paces, and you will, too."
-- Andrew Sarris, NEW YORK OBSERVER

"Five stars don't do it justice."
-- Neil Smith, BBC NEWS

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Mrs. Croft: Eileen Atkins
Morris Weissman: Bob Balaban
Jennings: Alan Bates
Lord Stockbridge: Charles Dance
Inspector Thompson: Stephen Fry
Sir William McCordle: Michael Gambon
George: Richard E. Grant
Probert: Derek Jacobi
Mary Maceachran: Kelly Macdonald
Mrs. Wilson: Helen Mirren
Ivor Novello: Jeremy Northam
Robert Parks: Clive Owen
Henry Denton: Ryan Phillippe
Constance, Countess of Trentham: Maggie Smith
Lady Sylvia McCordle: Kristin Scott Thomas
Elsie: Emily Watson

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