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.


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Jan 03, 2018

Altman at his witty, subversive best !

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.

Dec 29, 2016

Boring crap!

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.

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!

Apr 26, 2016

An excellent period piece set around a lush British country-side mansion. It is in a sense a crime mystery but the gist is more on humans (lots of them) in the 1930's interacting with each other. The number of interesting characters is so large that you must want to watch it twice, back-to-back, to get the whole story.

Mar 04, 2016

Excellent late movie by the great Robert Altman about the goings on upstairs and downstairs at an English country house.

Mar 04, 2016

A nice mix of mystery, "Downton Abbey," and "Upstairs Downstairs." Stephen Fry's bumbling inspector is a bit out of place, but does serve to leaven the dark tone of much of the rest.

Feb 28, 2016

I count not remove the subtitles

Jan 08, 2016

This is a 2001 British mystery directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes.
The story follows a party of wealthy Britons and an American, and their servants, who gather for a shooting weekend at Gosford Park---an English country house.
A murder occurs after a dinner party, and the film goes on to present the subsequent investigation from the servants' and guests' perspectives.
The film represents the British class system during the 1930s as Inspector Thompson says that the upper class depends on a servant class.
So it seems that love affairs of the upper class also depend on a servant class.
A number of secondary themes are also explored.
The film takes a subtle look at sexual mores during the 1930s and also touches on gay issues, such as the implied relationship between Henry and Weissman.
In any case, it's quite interesting to know how the the British class system, and its casual sex life in particular, depends on a servant class.

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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."

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?"

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!"

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."

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..."

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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