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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, David Morrissey, David Suchet, Geoffrey Bayldon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00426LB4M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,156 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Helen Mirren gives a searing performance alongside David Morrissey in this powerful adaptation of Terence Rattigan's radio and stage play. Based on the true story of a crime of passion that shocked 1930s Britain, Cause Célèbre features support from Harry Andrews, David Suchet, Oliver Ford Davies, Clive Swift and Geoffrey Bayldon, and is adapted for television by Ken Taylor (Lady Chatterley) and directed by the BAFTA-winning John Gorrie. Alma, the unhappy young wife of distinguished architect Francis Rattenbury, a man in his mid-sixties, begins an aff air with the couple's eighteen-year-old handyman, George. As the affair grows in intensity, the naïve and inexperienced George finds himself possessed by an uncontrollable jealousy; the result is murder, and a harrowing courtroom drama that will scandalise a nation and engulf Alma in despair.

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Excellent re-creation of a famous murder and subsequent trial. Helen Mirren shines as an unfortunate middle-aged woman who finds life running out of control when she unwittingly encourages her young lover into action. The supporting cast is worthy of the powerful story. Some production details may seem old fashioned and it is certainly odd that the end of part captions were not edited out. But a superb example of the best of its time television drama.
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Helen Mirren is perfect in this true account of a crime of passion.Francis Rattenbury was murdered by his wifes young lover in 1935.It was a shocking case in its day with a tragic ending.I bought this on region 1 a while back,glad to see it is at last out on region 2.
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 May 2011
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1935. Scandal in Bournemouth - architect Francis Rattenbury slain with a mallet; at the Old Bailey his widow (Helen Mirren) and teenage servant (David Morrissey) accused of the crime.

The real life circumstances are certainly dramatic enough, public feeling outraged by the middleaged woman's affair with an eighteen year old.

Unfortunately this 1987 production creaks: slow paced and wordy, betraying its Rattigan stage origins; curiously uninvolving, despite its illustrious leads. That infatuation, at the core of it all, never convinces. Unless the adolescent played by Morrissey was in reality a strapping hulk looking about twenty five, the actor is miscast - making a mockery of court references to "a boy" and media vitriol about the seduction of one so young, so vulnerable.

An interesting cast, Harry Andrews impressive as ill-fated Francis, David Suchet excellent as a barrister. The court scenes come over well (despite the distracting hum - what WAS that noise?).

Helen Mirren and David Morrissey are amongst the country's finest actors, but "Cause Celebre" does not see them at their best.

A bit disappointing really.
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THIS FILM IS VERY GOOD AND GIVES A TRUE ACCOUNT OF THE RATTENBURY CASE.
I READ THE BOOK,'MURDER AT THE VILLA MADEIRA' BY SIR DAVID NAPLEY SOME TIME AGO.
THE FILM STICKS TO THE FACTS WHICH IS THE ALL IMPORTANT REQUIREMENT.
EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES BY ALL TAKING PART.
BUY WITH CONFIDENCE.
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What seems at first a banal story of a sordid affair, soon develops into very credible story of possessive love and encouraged by conniving circumstances and indulgent third parties. One almost sympathises with the criminal turn of events. All well acted and with premium the excellent reconstitution of how justice of the Old Baily functioned at the time of proceedings in this story. Details of the tragic end ring true. Worth viewing & reflecting upon.
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You may not like every aspect of this actual story, but you will be amazed at the youthful appearance of Helen Mirren! Well acted drama, which will create very mixed reactions to the final act. Well worth watching.
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