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The Scapegoat [DVD]

Matthew Rhys , Eileen Atkins    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matthew Rhys, Eileen Atkins
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008GSGM1Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,941 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Set in 1952, as Britain prepares for the coronation, The Scapegoat tells the provocative story of two very different men who have one thing in common--a face. John Standing meets his doppelgänger Johnny Spence and, after a drunken night, is manoeuvred into swapping lives with him. Standing is suddenly responsible for a beautiful young wife, two mistresses, a drug abusing mother, a precocious daughter, a crumbling stately home and a bankrupt business. Despite his efforts to escape, John finds himself irresistibly drawn into Johnny's life--with fatal consequences.

The Scapegoat is a morally complex, darkly comic and suspenseful movie, adapted from the novel by Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca, Don't Look Now) and featuring compelling performances from the film's ensemble cast.

DVD Extras:
- The making of The Scapegoat
- Interviews with the cast and crew

Starring: Matthew Rhys, Eileen Atkins, Anton Lesser, Jodhi May, Phoebe Nicholls, Alice Orr-Ewing, Andrew Scott, Sheridan Smith, Sylvie Testud, Pip Torrens

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In 1952 schoolmaster John Standing meets the aristocratic Johnny Spence, his exact double. After a night of drinking John wakes with a hang-over to find that Spence has disappeared, leaving him to substitute for him. John finds he has 'inherited' a country house with a bed-ridden, drug-addicted mother,put-upon wife Frances, scornful sister Blanche, little daughter Mary Lou and two mistresses, one married to his brother Paul. After unsuccessfully trying to explain the situation and make his escape John settles into his new identity, surprising himself with his capability as he helps his mother off the drugs, turns round the family's ailing glass-making business and gives much-needed affection to Frances, an heiress, whose death would make her widower extremely rich. Then Johnny Spence reappears and it becomes clear why he has used John as a scapegoat, to provide an alibi for a crime he intends to commit. This leads to a showdown between the two doubles, from which only one can remain triumphant. ...The Scapegoat ( The Scape goat )

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shades of Ruritania 10 Sep 2012
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
I read Daphne Du Maurier's "The Scapegoat" too long ago to recall how true this new TV drama/DVD is to the original. It is an entertaining psychological not-quite thriller, if you can accept the implausibility of two identical but apparently unrelated men meeting by chance, and one deciding to foist his identity on the other.

John, the Welshman without family ties who has just lost his teaching post finds that, in becoming Johnny he has gained a palatial family home, an army of respectful servants, an adoring wife and cute daughter. However, it soon becomes apparent that he is a scapegoat, since he has also been lumbered with a family business in crisis, and somehow managed to estrange both his sister and brother. Then there is the ultra-efficient and possibly sinister servant, always dressed in black, a younger version of Mrs Danvers lurking in the background.

Much of the initial entertainment lies in seeing how on earth John will manage to gain acceptance from close relatives and friends who ought to know him too well to be fooled, especially since he does not know the way to his mother's bedroom, is unclear how to distribute the presents he seems to have brought, and never knows which of the women he meets will be one of Johnny's lovers.

Although they may look so alike, the two men have very different personalities and values. So, the drama begins to focus on how John will act as he begins to learn more about the business and the individual family members.

A lightweight story on the surface proves to have hidden depths, assisted by a strong cast and careful reconstruction of life in the early 1950s, down to the novelty of the first television set.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Du Maurier's lesser-known little gems 10 Sep 2012
Two identical looking men meet by chance, and the 'bad' one of the two immediately gets an idea that should save him from the pickle he's in. He's very rich, has a chauffeur-driven Rolls and lives with several generations of the same family in a huge estate in the country. The family's wealth is teetering on the edge of collapse, due in part to the man's failure to live up to the business management skills of his late father. So he inserts another man, his twin in effect, who we soon learn is the good-hearted one of the two, into the deep end of high-level negotiations with the family firm's bank, not to mention into the beds of his doting wife and the other women Bad John has been having long-term affairs with. Good John quickly learns to like his adopted family and sets about righting a few wrongs and saving them all from ruin.

Set in 1952 shortly before the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, this is a story that is often laugh-out-loud hilarious at some points, and quite moving at others. It shouldn't be taken too seriously, as there are too many unlikely events to really create any sense of credibility, instead it's a mixture of comedy drama with a faint sense of fable or fairy tale. The acting is strong on all sides, not least from both of the Johns (Matthew Rhys) whose farcical encounters early on in the tale make for highly entertaining viewing. Apparently the book, written in 1957, is said by some to be a difficult and complex read but this TV adaptation is absolutely not - it's easy to understand what's going on right from the start and every single minute of it is either funny or inspiring. It might make for a better watch if, like me, you haven't read the book and have no idea what to expect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great suspense, great cast 16 Dec 2012
By frifri
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I enjoyed this film and the suspense in the end was worth every second...The first part was a bit slow so that's why I retained the last star in my rating:)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 4 Jan 2014
By mpp
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Very interesting tale, most unusual. Great acting and wonderful scenery. I would definitely recommend to others, watched more than once.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as missed final episode! 16 Nov 2013
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I was watching on TV but missed final episode so found DVD and bought so I could find out how it finished!
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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping story line 8 Oct 2013
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Very well written and acted - Matthew Rys is excellent as both characters, and the storyline has you gripped constantly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 16 Aug 2013
By sheila
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Pleasant and easy to Watch - passes a lovely 1 1/2 hours of viewing - a nice ending - a very happy film..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 27 Jan 2013
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Bought this as a gift for a friend after my husband & I recently saw it on TV - excellent story!
If you are a Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier fan you will love this!
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1.0 out of 5 stars the scapegoat
It's hard to believe, with the credentials here, how dreadful this actually is. The peformances are totally out of the period, as are the 'Mad Men' costumes and wigs, and the music... Read more
Published 4 days ago by addison de witt
4.0 out of 5 stars The Scapegoat
Again surprisingly good and convincing. It brought back memories of a much earlier film featuring Alec Guiness in the lead role
Published 25 days ago by j.p.bowden
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
I am watching this dvd as I write and am enjoying it immensely. It is, of course, a ludicrous premise - two men so identical that the mother of one of them can't tell them apart -... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Aletheuon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
After seeing this actor in The Mystery of Edwin Drood I found this one and it is just so good. His two characters are so believable.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. V. M. Ireland
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining film
Very entertaining. I particularly liked the acting of Matthew Rhys, whose changing expressions so well conveyed the varied emotions of the main character that I almost believed... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Roz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
So annoyed my tv did not record both episodes of this great film recently when it was shown on tv. We watched most of the first episode on tv then wanted to watch the rest another... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Roonie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice easy film to watch
Nothing taxing here - just sit back and enjoy it on a Saturday when there's just rubbish on all channels.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A little disapointment
Had seen part of it on TV but missed the last quarter. Last bit did not fully live up to the build up.
Published 8 months ago by Dixie
5.0 out of 5 stars A good watc
Very well acted and produced a good transference from the book and very accurate. Costumes seemed authentic and all believable.
Published 8 months ago by dylanmiles
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