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Gideon's Daughter [DVD]

Bill Nighy , Miranda Richardson , Stephen Poliakoff    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Bill Nighy, Miranda Richardson, Robert Lindsay, Emily Blunt, Ronni Ancona
  • Directors: Stephen Poliakoff
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CFX5FU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,790 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Gideon Warner is a hugely successful public relations consultant to the wealthy, to politicians, to businessmen and rising starlets. Their hair, their clothes, where they go and with who - Gideon advises them on everything. With all his skills, he is the perfect man to package the Millennium celebrations and sell them to the rest of the world. But disillusioned with the world in which he works and increasingly concerned over the growing distance between him and his daughter, Gideon takes less and less notice of his business, just as clients seem to want him more and more. He clings to his slowly flourishing relationship with Stella - a mother grieving for her dead son - as his world spins further out of control. Only together can they make it stop...

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poliakoff's Best 6 Aug 2009
Format:DVD
Stephen Poliakoff has the tendency to make films that are too broadly themed and to get a trifle bogged down in his own creation.

He has avoided this hole that he digs for himself , however, with the wonderful Gideon's Daughter.
It's themes are simple; trust and letting go. Hold on to only those things that really matter. Understated and without the complexities than can swamp Polikoff's work, I'm thinking particularly of Friends and Crocodiles here, Gideon's Daughter is a really little gem.

As usual, actors Miranda Richardson and Bill Nighy shine out boldly. Wonderful performances from both of these.
Buy this and I can assure you that you won't simply want to watch it once.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Memorable Poliakoff Production. 31 Jan 2011
By Phil C
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first saw "Gideon's Daughter" on TV around 2005, several scenes remained in my memory since then so I bought and re-watched it on DVD. It's still just as good,the insight and unique perspective it brings to the events of 1997 (Diana, the first Blair government) leading up to the Millenium celebrations lets you see what happened through new eyes: Bill Nighy's Gideon is a fixer and spin doctor for the new government who discovers "less is more" when dealing with high-powered clients. This approach doesn't work with his daughter, who's leaving home to go to Uni and may be attempting risky relief work in S.America. The story is about the way these two contradictory principles cause Gideon's life, and his priorities to change radically - check out his daughter singing "Papa" if further explanation is needed!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous 10 Mar 2007
Format:DVD
Just a beautiful film about what we human beings take for granted and what really matters. This film was recently presented to a swedish audience and I'm so grateful for that cause I truly believe my life is the richer for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Beautiful 9 Aug 2014
By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Brilliant film starring Bill Nighy , Emily Blunt and Miranda Richardson exploring love, loss , parenthood and the cult of celebrity. Miranda Richardson's character has lost her son in a tragic accident and Bill Nighy's character is in danger of alienating his daughter because he loves her too much. A haunting film with the amazing song "Papa" sung by Emily Blunt that forms the nucleus of the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story 3 Mar 2014
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The actors were all outstanding! When it was finished I felt like I had learned something about human beings and how they relate to the world around them.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes me cry - remembering that Summer of '97 5 April 2010
By Mr. B. R. Good VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Remember that dreamy Summer of 1997 when the entire country watched with such hope as Labour came to power. Then there was the Death of Diana, and it seemed that people had been brought together in shock and hope.

This drama makes me feel so emotional, I find it difficult to watch. The beautiful acting, the sadness as a depressed Gideon prepares for the departure of his daughter who can't forgive him for his behaviour as her mother passed away.

I have no idea why Stephen Poliakoff's play takes me to 'another time and place' but I just want to cry when I (try) and watch this beautiful play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film. 2 Dec 2013
By Telstar
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Had seen it before, bought this as a present for Bill Nighy fan. I'm sure it won't disappoint. Fast delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem 11 Aug 2013
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A very good production from an excellent cast. Nighy is on good form playing a role he was born to do.
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