The Winslow Boy 1999

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The story of the very public fight to clear the name of the Winslow family's son. Based on the play by Terrence Rattigan.

Starring:
Nigel Hawthorne, Gemma Jones
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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The Winslow Boy

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director David Mamet
Starring Nigel Hawthorne, Gemma Jones
Supporting actors Jeremy Northam, Rebecca Pidgeon
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By F. S. L'hoir TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
It took me several years to get around to purchasing "The Winslow Boy". Although I was certain that I would like it--after all, Nigel Hawthorne was in it--I had no idea that I was in for an hour-and-a-half of such absorbing drama. In one of his last roles, Hawthorne brings a poignant combination of strength and tenderness to the role of the patriarch, whose determination to "let right be done" almost breaks apart the family that he is trying to preserve. His scenes with Gemma Jones--torn apart by her conflicting roles as loyal wife and loving mother--are especially moving. Because of the ensemble acting of the entire cast, the family dynamic is entirely believable.

The real surprise for me, however, was Jeremy Northam in the role of Sir Robert Morton, KC, MP. Although Northam's performances in films such as "Gosford Park" and "Enigma" have been enjoyable, his portrayal of the aristocratic barrister quietly sizzled with sensual undertones that would do a handsome brooding Jane Austen hero proud. I found myself waiting for him to come onstage, as it were; and wishing that I could hear his moving summation to the jury; and that I might be allowed to follow Sir Robert's romantic pursuit of Miss Winslow. The last lines of the film are simply tantalizing.

Much of this "wanting more of Morton" derives not only from Northam's portrayal, but also from playwright Terrance Rattigan's technique of having the action take place offstage. The technique, which dates back to Greek tragedy, contributes to the dramatic tension of "The Winslow Boy." The very device of having characters relate the events taking place elsewhere, however, will likely render the drama inaccessible to some viewers, who demand fast-paced visual action. But for those who savor a riveting drama of quality, "The Winslow Boy" will not disappoint.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
The Winslow Boy is a first-class David Mamet film of indirection, understatement and cool emotion. A young cadet at the Royal Naval Academy has been expelled for stealing a five-shilling postal order from another cadet. He swears to his father that he didn't do it and his father believes him. At that point Arthur Winslow (Nigel Hawthorne) becomes determined to prove his son innocent. He is rebuffed by the Admiralty because, as part of the Queen's government, the Admiralty can do no wrong and cannot be sued. He engages a famous solicitor, Sir Robert Morton (Jeremy Northam), who agrees to take the brief. Morton eventually succeeds in bringing the case before the House of Commons on a petition of right, where even the lowest of the Queen's subjects can have the opportunity "to have right be done." All this takes years. The Winslow family suffers ridicule and financial distress. Arthur Winslow's daughter, Catherine (Rebecca Pidgeon), a prickly and intelligent suffragette, sees her opportunity for an advantageous marriage evaporate. His son is forced to leave Oxford and take a banking job. His wife sees so much of the security of the home vanish in the costs of the case. The case, based on a true happening, finally is won.

Mamet's screenplay is based on the Forties play by Terrence Rattigan. It's a solid piece of work that keeps the story moving and concentrates on the characters. The interplay among the characters is excellent, especially between Catherine Winslow and Sir Robert Morton. The dialogue may be on the surface exquisitely courteous, but underneath runs unexpected currents that are a lot of fun to witness. Northam's Morton is smart, secure, successful and not at all sympathetic to suffragettes.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Frances Joan on 11 Feb 2003
Format: DVD
This film is no different from any other David Mamet film. No car chases here! It feels like a stage play, where all the action comes from dialogue and you can almost feel the subdued passion between the characters. It's a wonderful period piece, but you feel like you're watching the intricacies of the acting profession, like you're watching an acting exercise. All the actors are brilliant, from the old "school" Nigel Hawthorne, to Mamet's wife Rebecca Pidgeon, as suffragette daughter Kate who drops like a ton of bricks for the always very sexy Jeremy Northam.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kate Lincoln on 9 Dec 2002
Format: DVD
A funny, elegant and rip-roaring tale, which has a very prominent message for today, as it's writer Terrence Rattigan was also a modern man. His plays are always intelligent and in a class all of their own. Hugely funny with scathing wit and underlying romance makes this a film to captivate you all the way through. Try it out from your local library first, and when your hooked you'll have to get it for your collection!!!
Go on it's a winslow formula!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Riches on 20 July 2000
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A brilliant up to date version of a classic film, which I would have missed if a friend from Colorado had not drawn my attention to it. With a Brilliant English cast this film spent very little time in the cinema in England; their loss. Nigel Hawthorne as the father was totally believable, Jeremy Northam confirms his ability to appear as an Victorian / Edwardian gentleman. More please in this mould and yes I prefer this to the orginal film and the BBC Play for the day which starred a certain Emma Thompson. Buy watch and enjoy regularly.
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