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The Case of Charles Peace [DVD]

Michael Martin Harvey , Chili Bouchier , Norman Lee    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Michael Martin Harvey, Chili Bouchier, Valentine Dyall
  • Directors: Norman Lee
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Renown Productions Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0057FLVQ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,147 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The First Ever DVD release of this 1949 crime drama. The Case of Charles Peace, a 1949 John Argyle Production made at Merton Park Studios, released by Monarch. This film is based on a true story, nicely directed by Norman Lee and it is a minor gem not because it won awards, had a great cast or a huge budget, but because it s a small British production that entertains. Lead Michael Martin Harvey, a relative unknown and as a mixture of Robin Hood and the devil, is oddly hypnotic in the role. The film very cleverly recounts the exploits through the trial of Charles Peace. The film has been restored to a good quality. Based on a true story Digitally restored and remastered

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The Case of Charles Peace, a 1949 John Argyle Production made at Merton Park Studios, released by Monarch. This film is based on a true story, nicely directed by Norman Lee and it is a minor gem not because it won awards, had a great cast or a huge budget, but because it's a small British production that entertains. Lead Michael Martin Harvey, a relative unknown and as a mixture of Robin Hood and the devil, is oddly hypnotic in the role. The film very cleverly recounts the exploits through the trial of Charles Peace. The film has been restored to a good quality. ...The Case of Charles Peace


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Colin Smith "keep on running" TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Based on a true story, the movie opens with the court case, with the life and crimes of Victorian criminal Charles Peace revealed in flashback.
Living in the Sheffield area with his wife, daughter and young son, picture-frame maker Peace is to all outward appearances an innocuous looking little man, who sees himself as the life and soul of the party down the pub. But appearances can be deceptive, as the distinctly unattractive Peace reveals a very dark side, charming his neighbour's wife (would you believe!) before eventually commiting his heinous crimes and going on the run, with wanted posters offering a 100 pound reward issued. The occasional background narration brings a slight documentary feel to proceedings.

Made up of a mostly obscure cast, probably the most familiar face is that of Will Hay regular Peter Gawthorne as the Judge. Michael Martin-Harvey puts in an effective performance, his portrayal of the murderous Charles Peace held my attention, (the movie blurb on the back of the DVD case is correct) with solid support offered by the rest of the cast. This low-budget movie is directed at an agreeable pace by Norman Lee, with a nice feel for the period.

Made at the Merton Park studios, this is an interesting and entertaining little crime drama from 1948. Both the black and white picture and sound quality on this digitally remastered Renown release are good (especially the picture). There are no extras or subtitles.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. A must buy. 6 Mar 2012
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Simply excellent. A forgotten British classic film I can't recommend highly enough. If you like cosy black and white old movies, with a great story and acting. This film is for you, and your in for a treat.Based on the true story, of victorian Englands most imformous criminal characters charles Peace. Born in Sheffield like myself, his cunning and sheer contempt for the law, makes him a legend in British crime.

I first came across this film one afternoon when I was around 10 years old. The picture on out Tv was so bad. I had to squint my eyes to see it, as it was on Anglia Tv. and living so far away in Yorkshire.the reception was terrible.But it stuck indelably in my mind.
I have searched for this film ever since without sucess. So imagine, when I came across it here on Amazon. It was like winning the lottery. My friend was born in the same village, and myself a mile away.I know all the areas in this film very well.
The great thing about the film is. They stick so close to the actual story, as is believed,. No fabrication.
A rare classic, great acting, great story. Buy it now!. Then make yourself a drink, open a packet of hobnobs, put your feet up. and enjoy. Bliss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The case for redemption. 4 Aug 2013
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An exceptional film masterfully scripted, produced and played. The opening courtroom scene finds Charles Peace eventually brought to trial following a short career of crime, including murder and theft. Thence we have a flow of flashbacks that engages our attention throughout the film lasting around 85 minutes.

Based upon a true story emanating from the Sheffield area in the second half of the 19th century, Peace himself demonstrates a complex character that cannot easily be assigned the Jekyll and Hyde tag since this story is far from allegorical. No distracting audio effects to deflect one from the dialogue and the action.

Good quality picture and sound: truly a piece to savour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars REALLY INTERESTING FILM 11 April 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed this crime drama which is about Charles Peace,a victorian rogue turned murderer.Told in flashback by the velvet tones of Valentine Dyall this has some great performances especially by Michael Martin Harvey as Charles Peace.Reknown has done a sterling job with the transfer and it's worth looking on wiki to see the real Charles Peace,an ugly bugger.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The case of Charles Peace 21 May 2012
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well made no frills British black and white film.Peace was a unique character at one time living with his lover and his wife in the same house. Although ugly many women fell for him including the wife of a man he murders. The acting is taut and believable and very well paced. Settle down and watch the re-enactment of the life of one of the most evil-yet riveting criminals.
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