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A Fatal Inversion [1992]

Douglas Hodge , Jeremy Northam , Tim Fywell    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Douglas Hodge, Jeremy Northam, Rachel Joyce, Patricia Kerrigan, Saira Todd
  • Directors: Tim Fywell
  • Producers: Phillipa Giles
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024QTVTO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,345 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Adam (Douglas Hodge), and his best friend Rufus (Jeremy Northam), have not seen each other since the summer that Adam Inherited his Great Uncle's country house. When the bodies of a woman and child are discovered in the pet cemetery near Wyvis Hall, they are forced to meet ten years later in order to keep one step ahead of the police. Which of the women staying at the hall was she, whose child and what part did the childlike Zosie (Saira Todd) have to play?

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent drama 13 April 2011
By Spam
Format:DVD
Really engrossing, tense and atmospheric adaptation for the small screen. Compelling characters, and great acting from a (then) relatively unknown cast. I remember seeing it when it was first shown on TV, and it stays with me still, after 20 years. It was shown over 3 episodes and at the end of each, the viewer was left desperate for the next, to find out what exactly had happened that long, hot summer and why the main character is so fearful of further probing. Excellent, suspenseful mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dramatisation of a terrific book ! 1 Sep 2011
Format:DVD
loved the book and surprised just how good the "film" was. Husband thought it better than the book!Only complaint is that the dvd box and dvd menu list the "chapters" which very much gives away the plot!Good casting and the setting very much as I'd imagined it. Best dramatisation of a book I've seen in a long time. Surprised the BBC have never reshown it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunted by the Past 2 Nov 2000
By Greg Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
"A Fatal Inversion" presents us with a mystery. The bones of a woman and child are discovered in an animal cemetery near the stately Wyvis Hall. It turns out the bones have been there for more than ten years. But who was it that was buried there? And why?
Adam Verne-Smith is a man with a haunted past. He and three others know the truth of what happened in the summer of 1979 at Wyvis Hall, which Adam re-named Ecalpemos ("someplace" spelt backwards). Adam and his arrogant friend Rufus meet again for the first time in twelve years, trying to keep one step ahead of the police to avoid the truth coming out. We go back in time twelve years to Wyvis Hall, and see how events built up to a crisis point.
I actually found this television adaptation was better than Ruth Rendell's novel. It was well-cast. Saira Todd was very good as the mentally-unbalanced Zosie. She looked child-like, as the book described her. Douglas Hodge and Jeremy Northam were also convincing with their roles. The character of Rufus was very intimidating and callous. Adam looked pained and guilt-ridden.
I noticed with the scenes set in the present that there was a lot of blue. Even the light had a bluish tinge. Is there any significance in that?
"A Fatal Inversion" is different from your regular "whodunnit". We know who did the crime but not who the crime was done to. Right until the end we are left guessing. This is drama at its best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MODERN MURDER MYSTERY, KEEPS YOU GUESSING TO THE END!! 28 Aug 1999
By RUSTEE (britdragon@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
FROM THE OPENING SCENES TO THE POSITIVELY HAUNTING FINAL SHOT THIS FILM IS SO FULL OF TWISTS AND TURNS IT IS IMPOSSBLE TO FALL ASLEEP!!! A STORY THAT WILL PLAY ON YOUR PSYCHE FOR A FEW DAYS AFTER, BUT YOU WILL DEFINATELY WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN. AN INTELIGENT AND INTRICATE PLOT AND OUTSTANDING ACTING FROM EVERY CAST MEMBER. A FLAULESS ADAPTATION OF AN AMAZING BOOK WITH NOT A WEAK MOMENT IN SIGHT!!!!!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE FOR MYSTERY LOVERS! 2 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is one for those who enjoy watching mystery movies with exciting twists & turns in a story. It brings the person watching it to a mind trip of whos & whats. Your next guess will always be as good as the first. Superb acting of all the cast. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Echoes From The Past 1 April 2009
By John D. Cofield - Published on Amazon.com
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Adam Verne-Smith seems to have it all. A well-off young executive with a pretty wife and adored baby daughter, he lives in a comfortable home in a London suburb. But Adam is haunted by the events of a summer 11 years earlier, when he and a group of friends spent their vacation in an old mansion Adam had inherited. The unfolding of those events, and the ramifications which they cause a decade later, ultimately lead Adam through a personal crisis which threatens everything.

A Fatal Inversion is based on the second Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell's alter ego) mystery. It is a superbly told story with many surprises and red herrings, and this television version, first produced in Britain in the 1990s, is an excellent depiction. The actors, particularly Douglas Hodge and Jeremy Northam, are well chosen. Its a pity that it hasn't yet been released in DVD or Blu-Ray, as it is far superior to many lesser mysteries which have already been transferred.
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns 25 May 2011
By Bardot - Published on Amazon.com
A fatal inversion is a well done. Mystery story the book is good as well as the movie. Its filmed in a beautiful part in England and added is good music and just a very good movie. Plus you see willys the end.
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