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Alibi [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009H97IU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,363 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Writer Paul Abbott must have eaten more than his fair share of fish as a child. It can be the only explanation for his consistently brilliant scriptwriting.
'Clocking Off' 'State of Play' the odd episode of 'Cracker' and now you can add 'Alibi' to that list. His Omega-3 quotient must be through the roof!
On paper I don't suppose the plot is all that spectacular, but in the skilled hands of Abbott this little drama is really rather good.
A middle-aged businessman and a waitress-cum-benefit clerk, find themselves forced by random twists of fate, into making an accidental killing look like an accidental death.
Ho hum....
THEN: chuck in that dead bloke was other bloke's business partner.
Was possibly an embezzler.
Was possibly carrying on an affair with other bloke's wife.
The dead-ing possibly happens after other bloke's lavish anniversary bash.
Was possibly witnessed by waitress-cum-benefit clerk and.....
oh, you'll see... (possibly)
If you reversed the plot of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Strangers On a Train' (e.g two people trying to un-kill a dead bloke) added a pinch of another great Hitch movie, 'The Trouble With Harry' (two people trying to hide a dead bloke) and mixed in a large dollop of fab 'Fawlty Towers' episode, 'The Kipper and The Corpse' (one person trying to hide a dead bloke and a dead fish) - you get somewhere close to the feel of this.
As the Alibi of the title, Sophie Okonedo (deservedly Oscar nominated for 'Closer') provides the beating heart of this piece. You find yourself loving her quick-witted, calm-headed, generally delightful Marcey Burgess even though she works for the DSS.
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Why, oh why is this fantastic drama not available for UK DVD players? It was made in Britain for goodness sake! So why is it only readable for the US audience? Can someone please tell me?
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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2005
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If you were impressed by Sophie Okonedo in 2004's HOTEL RWANDA, in which she played the wife of the beleaguered hotel manager, a role for which she received an Oscar nomination, then do yourself a favor and view ALIBI.
Here, in this movie made for the British telly, Sophie plays Marcey Burgess, whose regular 9 to 5 is as a benefits claims verifier. She also works a part time gig as a waitress for a catering company. In the latter capacity, she's present at the surprise birthday bash thrown by Greg Brentwood (Michael Kitchen) for his wife Linda (Phyllis Logan) at their country house. During the festivities, from her vantage point in the kitchen, she observes Greg's business partner, Martin Shaps (Tom Knight), engage in a bit of surreptitious touchy-feely with Linda. The two are evidently more than just friends. Later, on the way back to the city with the rest of the catering crew, Marcey discovers that she's left her purse back at the Brentwood house. She returns at 2:00 AM to discover the place pretty much deserted except for Greg bent over Martin's dead body. Terrified, Burgess locks herself in a bathroom, and listens through the door as Greg explains the situation; Martin's death was an accident. And Linda had left earlier to spend the night with her sister after a Big Row over the expense of the party; the Brentwoods are financially strapped. When Marcey lets slip that she thinks Linda and Martin were lovers by mentioning the tactile incident, Greg is devastated. Believing Greg's story about his partner's death, and feeling sorry for the former, Burgess emerges from the loo to help plan body disposal.
It would be unseemly to gush too much about ALIBI; there are problems. Marcey's motive for helping Greg out of a dodgy spot was never rationalized to my satisfaction.
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Sadly this version has been heavily edited. This is a real shame because the original version explains perfectly why Marcy is so sympathetic. Her story is really sad and I don't understand why on earth this has been excluded from this version, it makes her motivation totally nonsensical
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Why are there DVDs without Closed Captions? amd why doesn't Amazon let us know if a DVD does or does not have them? us hard of hearing folks really need them!
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