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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Class of 76
A man is killed by a truck on a motorway and at first everyone is saying that the dead man, Pat FISHER was clearly suffering some sort of mental breakdown.

Even the local police think that it nothing more than a terrible tragedy but Detective Tom Monroe (Robert Carlyle, The Full Monty) is not so sure that Pat's death is so cut and dried, especially when he...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An eerie ghost story? Or just plain old psycho-crazed murder?
Everyone else thinks Pat Fisher was a suicide. Detective Inspector Tom Monroe (Robert Carlyle) isn't so sure. A paranoid, stumbling man, Fisher finally eased his pain one night by running onto a highway into the path of a truck.

In Fisher's room, Tom finds a class photo of a group of 10-year-olds taken in 1976. Fisher had circled three of the children's faces...
Published on 20 Aug 2010 by C. O. DeRiemer


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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Class of 76, 19 July 2007
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This review is from: Monroe: Class of '76 [DVD] (DVD)
A man is killed by a truck on a motorway and at first everyone is saying that the dead man, Pat FISHER was clearly suffering some sort of mental breakdown.

Even the local police think that it nothing more than a terrible tragedy but Detective Tom Monroe (Robert Carlyle, The Full Monty) is not so sure that Pat's death is so cut and dried, especially when he finds newspaper clippings, some old school photos including a group photo taken in 1976 where one of the children's face is blurred and no one can remember who he/she is, not even one of the teachers who taught at the school.

Monroe soon discovers that there are other mysterious deaths among the children in the school photo he he finds in Pat's belongings and that his old friend's strange words on a tape recording that "they have all been murdered" might just have an element of truth in it and with this in mind Monroe sets about finding out the horrific truth about the Class of 76.

This is a really suspenseful film which makes you physically jump on more than one occasion, in fact I found it really creepy at times, and though the ending is not quite what you expect, you do understand what has happened even if you don't quite believe it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An eerie ghost story? Or just plain old psycho-crazed murder?, 20 Aug 2010
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C. O. DeRiemer (San Antonio, Texas, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Monroe: Class of '76 [DVD] (DVD)
Everyone else thinks Pat Fisher was a suicide. Detective Inspector Tom Monroe (Robert Carlyle) isn't so sure. A paranoid, stumbling man, Fisher finally eased his pain one night by running onto a highway into the path of a truck.

In Fisher's room, Tom finds a class photo of a group of 10-year-olds taken in 1976. Fisher had circled three of the children's faces. They were part of a small group of the kids who played together. Then there was the tape recording Tom discovers with Fisher's frightened voice rambling on..."Amy was the first. It happened on a Sunday. She was picking bluebells. The place where they found her was always a favorite. We built our tree house near there then, our sanctuary." With Amy the first in 1976, those whose faces were circled have all died, some when they were adults. Another odd thing; the photo shows 33 children, but there were only 32 in the class of '76. One of the children in the photo is smaller than the others. His face is blurred. Tom, a gloomy sort of lonely man, starts investigating.

Monroe: Class of '76 is a British two-part television mystery that leaves port with great promise and then slowly sinks. At times it seems to take forever to get to the conclusion, which turns out to be a flat, disappointing letdown. The writers created an eerie, intriguing and puzzling story...and then evidently realized they needed to find a way out of the set-up they'd created. They took a hurried, easy and unlikely route. It doesn't help that they had to fill about 150 minutes of screen story time. There's a lot of talk. There's a lot of watching Tom staring off into the distance while he reflects on his own sad issues. There's a major red herring that adds nothing to the plot but eats up time.

Why bother with this? First, Robert Carlyle. This Scot is an outstanding actor. He's not handsome. He's small and on the scrawny side. He's so good and so versatile that he brings interest to just about any movie he's in. He does here. Second, the movie's gloom and eeriness comes through. Monroe: Class of '76 is well photographed and edited. Third, the set-up: People murdered after a class picture was taken of them as school kids...a mysterious additional child in that picture no one seems able to identify...and the murders are continuing. For me, these three elements were hard to resist.

I stayed with the movie to the end. The conclusion, plus the sluggishness, turns the movie to two stars from four. Still, I like Carlyle. I'll make it three stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 31 Mar 2013
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E. H. Muller (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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very good film Robert carlyle is sublime as usual. I think this is the film where he's dinging . he has a very nice light baritone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !, 23 July 2012
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It's a perfect DVD. The story is enthralling. There is suspens till the end. The actors, especially Robert Carlyle,are breath-taking ! It's a pleasure to see this TV movie. Since I bought it,I watch it several times and I always enjoy It so much ! Don't miss it !
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1.0 out of 5 stars failed detective, 19 Jan 2010
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Michael Layland (france) - See all my reviews
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despite a general interest in robert carlyles work this does not rank as a success. the plot is laborious a nd the princpal detective, defective, poor,
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