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Melissa [DVD]

Jennifer Ehle , Tim Dutton , Bill Anderson Jnr    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jennifer Ehle, Tim Dutton, Adrian Dunbar, Bill Paterson, Diana Weston
  • Directors: Bill Anderson Jnr
  • Producers: Keith Thompson
  • Format: PAL
  • 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 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 294.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F5S26O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,204 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Award-winning war correspondent Guy Foster, distraught after the loss of his first wife, joins a cruise to Cape Town, where he meets beautiful and mysterious Melissa. A sophisticated blonde, PR girl, Melissa is travelling with an exuberant group of media friends. Guy falls desperately in love with the exotic Melissa and she suggests they marry. But while they celebrate, dark events begin to take place. An elderly widower is ‘accidentally’ lost overboard. The bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in Cape Town. Then one of Melissa’s friends is brutally killed. The finger of suspicion falls on Guy – and when Melissa herself is killed, he is found bending over her bloodied corpse.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I am a huge fan of the 1974 production which remains faithful to the Original story. However I would have been very disappointed if this 1997 version had of turned out to be precisely the same. Whilst it would have still been very watchable it would have been essentially going over old ground due to the excellently portrayed earlier version. What Alan Bleasdale gives us in his version is a prologue to the original story which provides additional story lines and much more background to the original characters and how some of their pasts link up with one another. In the original story Cape Town is only mentioned in passing, however Alan Bleasdale uses this setting to portray Guy's past and how he meets Melissa as well as a backdrop for three additional murders. In my opinion this production was brilliantly written and offered us something much more than just a straight forward adaptation and the additional material fits seamlessly in to the original story. The cast consists of very well established names which results in very strong and memorable performances all round.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Personally I liked it. 4 Sep 2008
Despite being 300 minutes long which could be offputting, I enjoyed this "whodunnit" which I found very gripping and didn't give too much away until the end. I did find some of the characters annoying but surely that is the sign of a good actor - someone who makes you care enough to dislike them! Jennifer Ehle and Tim Dutton played their parts beautifully. I would definitely watch again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I Wished That This Was Brilliant 21 Mar 2007
After GBH and Jakes Progress - Melissa sounded like it was going to be a marvellous piece of drama. Based on a short story it's a murder mystery between a circle of friends. What's good about it? Erm... well I can't think of much really. It kind of seems over long and the narrative is abitconfusing. Half the time you don't know whats going on and when you find out - its abit too late in the day. You need alot of paitence. The pay off at the end is really good - but you hoped they got there a little bit earlier really. And the acting is a tad hammy. Oh - I wish I didn't have to say this but - after the other gems that Alan Bleasdale delivered - this really isn't in the same league. Well, you can't win them all I suppose!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A rambling farce 19 Nov 2013
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I was hoping for something special. Instead I found the story disjointed and hard to follow. Melissa(Jennifer Ehle) is her usual beautiful self, but the interplay of the characters never reached any kind of believability. Even Julie Walters was miscast. The Cape Town scenes didn't look like Cape Town to me, and I was born and brought up there. The male lead, who was supposed to be honest,brave but with a short temper, had a penchant for kicking in the screens of TV sets. Odd.
The police were a pair of comedians,quite funny, but again not credible. The action dragged and the murders seemed almost incidental. All was explained in the end, and there was a rather trite action scene with an aeroplane. A big disappointment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I'd hoped 1 April 2008
It's hard to care about the fate of these characters, who seem rather spoilt, dishonest and unlikeable. So although it's entertaining enough to keep you watching for a few hours, it's not good enough to buy and watch again.
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