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Lucan [DVD]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2014
Mostly based on fact, statements and newspaper cuttings from the time, this is an extremely well acted drama with a few added scenes and characters to bump it up a bit. I believe it still evokes feelings about the situation. Gives a good insight into how the upper crust people close ranks on the true victim. On Amazon its says the running time is 180 minutes when it is states on the DVD case it 129 minutes, hence Amazon's notice about reviewing the product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 June 2014
What an excellent production! Apart from providing a credible explanation of Lucan's disappearance, an unsolved mystery since 1974, when Lord Lucan disappeared, it provides a fascinating picture of a thoroughly dissolute sector of upper-crust society.
The story opens In 2003 when author John Pearson interviewed John Burke and Susie Maxwell-Scott, because he was writing a book called 'The Gamblers'. The Clermont Club was a casino in Mayfair run by the ruthless John Aspinall and Pearson centres his research on events there thirty years earlier. Lord Lucan, also called John Bingham, constantly loses money there and is given the ironic nickname 'Lucky' as a result. When Lucan's wife, Veronica, protests at the financial problems he is causing, he responds with contemptuous anger and violence. Aspinall advises him to create the impression that she is an unfit mother so that he can divorce her and get custody of the children. When his strategy fails, Lucan plots to murder Veronica but kills Sandra accidentally. Aspinall persuades other club members to close ranks to help the fugitive.
The rest of the story shows the terrible consequences of this action, especially for Dominic Elwes and for Lucan himself. It is fascinating stuff. Beautifully scripted and acted, this is well-worth watching.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this drama on the events that led to the disappearance of Lord Lucan.Lucky it seems was an addicted gambler who was spending his inheritance like water,his poor wife was abused and he even tried to have her comitted to an asylum.They separated and she took custody of the children.Then came that fateful night and the murder of Sandra Rivett,his disappearance sparking a media frenzy which totally over shadowed the murder of Sandra.This drama gives likey conclusions to what may have happened after ,very good performances from all the cast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2014
There are seemingly a few staple stories that certain British Tabloids churn out every few years and one about Lord Lucan is usually up there. What ever happened to him and was he guilty of murder? A star clad ITV drama explored what made the man and suggests a chain of events that may have happened. Told via a series of interviews with the people involved; the drama flashbacks to the 60s and 70s and different perspectives on the man. Lucan is played brilliantly by Rory Kinnear, quickly becoming one of Britain’s best character actors, but the show also has roles for the likes of Christopher Eccleston as a smarmy friend who may have just pushed Lucan towards murder.

It is hard to determine how realistic ‘Lucan’ is as the feature length drama only offers around 130 minutes to explore a very complex situation. It does appear from the drama that more is known than we have been told, but as this is fiction you cannot place too much trust in it. Therefore, it has to be seen as a piece of drama and in this context it works well in places, but not so well in others. As mentioned, the acting is great. It is some of the direction and editing that failed the show. Leaping backwards and forwards is never easy to do and it feels a little haphazard here. At times you get the sense that events are there to meet the dramatic needs of the show and perhaps not stay true to the story it is based on.

The show also felt like it could have been made into a larger production with a higher budget. The glamour of the era was present, but a little underplayed with some of the sets being reused too often. In the end, this was a solid drama that felt a little grubby in places. In part this is down to the fact that Lucan is not a nice chap, but also because it felt a little underfunded and unrefined.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2014
I do remember the fuss over the disappearance of Lord Lucan and the various theories as to what happened to him. This dramatisation help in providing an insight into the life style he frequented and the circle of friends / acquaintances who could have sheltered, assisted him. Great cast and acting, and credit to the production team for giving us the feel of the period with the power cuts etc. The ending I could accept, but whether in time the truth will ever come out is the 64 Thousand dollar question, the production carefully avoids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2014
I found this a very gripping drama with a superb performance by Rory Kinnear and a very fine supporting cast includes Michael Gambon and Rupert Evans. Well written and surprisingly quite moving. Well worth seeing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2014
I enjoyed this so much because, besides being a mystery that baffled a nation, it was a glimpse into life at that time and a chance to see how the country and its attitudes have changed. The casting was very well done and although the ending was speculation you felt it had been so well researched that that probably was the truth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2014
BASED ON THE TRUE STORYOF THE DISAPEARANCE OF LORD LUCAN THIS FILM TOLD THE WHOLE STORY AND GAVE BACKGROUND AS TO WHY THE EVENTS HAPPENED AND IN MY OPINION THIS FILM SHOWS THE WAY FOR OTHER FACT BASED MOVIES IN THE WAY THEY ARE RESEARCHED AND MADE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2014
Really interesting portrayal of an incident I remember being all over the papers in my school days. It really opened my eyes to how the 'moneyed' classes live such different lives to the rest of us.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2014
This film showed how the upper echelon of British society closed ranks to protect each other and also their contempt for women.Well acted and a story well told
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