Winslow Boy

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Genre: Dramas
Director: David Mamet - American Playwright/Director
Theatrical Release: 1999
Rated: G (MPAA)
Length: 104 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

Based on an actual trial that created a media frenzy in WWI-era London, THE WINSLOW BOY might have been conceived as a standard courtroom drama. Instead, director David Mamet (working from the play by Terence Rattigan) focuses on a family pushed to the limit by its fight for justice. The trouble begins when Ronnie Winslow (Guy Edwards), a 13-year-old naval cadet, is accused of, and subsequently expelled for, stealing a five-shilling postal order. The boy's father, Arthur (Nigel Hawthorne), believes his son's protestations of innocence and sets in motion an expensive fight against the immense bureaucratic machinery of the crown. The expense and publicity imperil the family--costing Arthur's suffragette daughter, Catherine, a suitor, for example--even as the case becomes a national cause c?l?bre. The story captures a period of intense social change; charts an early example of the "media trial"; and asks the very human question, What is one's good name worth? Excellent performances abound in the film, especially from Jeremy Northam as the charismatic lawyer Sir Robert Morton; and Mamet's wife, Rebecca Pidgeon, as Catherine.;

Language Usage   Closed Captioned
Release Language   English
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   Y
Letterboxed   Y
Extra Info   Closed Captioned
Nigel Hawthorne - British Actor, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE (1995)
Rebecca Pidgeon - American Actress
Gemma Jones - British Actress
Jeremy Northam - Actor/"The Net"
David Mamet - American Playwright/Director
Variety

"...WINSLOW BOY triumphs in giving several superb actors an intelligent, unobtrusive setting..."
Rolling Stone
01/20/2000
Ranked #9 in Rolling Stone's "Ten Best Movies of 1999"
Sight and Sound
11/??/1999
"...[A] surprisingly faithful adaptation..."
Entertainment Weekly
05/07/1999
"...A drama of wicked subtlety and moral finesse..." -- Rating: A-
New York Times
04/30/1999
"...A precisely calibrated war of nerves in which truth and deceit are all-important....[Pidgeon] bristles most effectively and plays Catherine with strong presence and a sharp, lucid edge..."
Box Office
04/01/1999
"...Brilliant dialogue....Mamet's script clips along at such a rate, in fact, that just as one dazzling phrase or turn has barely registered, he's amazing you with another..."
USA Today
04/30/1999
"...Absorbing....Keeping it going are the inherent appeal of sheer principle as a dramatic force and the performances..."
Los Angeles Times
04/30/1999
"...A pointed examination of the price of seeking justice....Genteel moviemaking with modern overtones, THE WINSLOW BOY is especially good at the visual re-creation of its time..."
Chicago Sun-Times
05/28/1999
"...There is a wonderful audacity in the way that the outcome of the case happens offscreen and is announced in an indirect manner....Mamet's characters are interesting precisely because of the reserve and detachment they bring to passion..."

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