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The Case of Charles Peace [DVD]
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on 13 September 2011
Based on a true story, the movie opens with the court case, with the life and crimes of Victorian criminal Charles Peace revealed in flashback.
Living in the Sheffield area with his wife, daughter and young son, picture-frame maker Peace is to all outward appearances an innocuous looking little man, who sees himself as the life and soul of the party down the pub. But appearances can be deceptive, as the distinctly unattractive Peace reveals a very dark side, charming his neighbour's wife (would you believe!) before eventually commiting his heinous crimes and going on the run, with wanted posters offering a 100 pound reward issued. The occasional background narration brings a slight documentary feel to proceedings.

Made up of a mostly obscure cast, probably the most familiar face is that of Will Hay regular Peter Gawthorne as the Judge. Michael Martin-Harvey puts in an effective performance, his portrayal of the murderous Charles Peace held my attention, (the movie blurb on the back of the DVD case is correct) with solid support offered by the rest of the cast. This low-budget movie is directed at an agreeable pace by Norman Lee, with a nice feel for the period.

Made at the Merton Park studios, this is an interesting and entertaining little crime drama from 1948. Both the black and white picture and sound quality on this digitally remastered Renown release are good (especially the picture). There are no extras or subtitles.
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on 11 April 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed this crime drama which is about Charles Peace,a victorian rogue turned murderer.Told in flashback by the velvet tones of Valentine Dyall this has some great performances especially by Michael Martin Harvey as Charles Peace.Reknown has done a sterling job with the transfer and it's worth looking on wiki to see the real Charles Peace,an ugly bugger.
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on 3 March 2017
GREAT DVD
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on 21 May 2012
well made no frills British black and white film.Peace was a unique character at one time living with his lover and his wife in the same house. Although ugly many women fell for him including the wife of a man he murders. The acting is taut and believable and very well paced. Settle down and watch the re-enactment of the life of one of the most evil-yet riveting criminals.
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on 10 July 2015
just to see it its a spell binding
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on 29 March 2015
good-ok
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on 6 November 2016
A bizarre and slow reconstruction with a bizarre but sometimes compelling central performance. The rest of the cast rather ill at ease. Accents which are all over the place. Michael Martin Harvey is like a strange little old impish, rather frightening gargoyle. I can't think it filled the stalls with punters
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 14 September 2014
Excellent film. Good sound quality. Enjoyed the style with court room drama and flash backs. A must for collectors of films produced at Merton Park Studios. Solid cast, well acted and all you could ask for for a late 1940s British film...
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on 4 August 2013
An exceptional film masterfully scripted, produced and played. The opening courtroom scene finds Charles Peace eventually brought to trial following a short career of crime, including murder and theft. Thence we have a flow of flashbacks that engages our attention throughout the film lasting around 85 minutes.

Based upon a true story emanating from the Sheffield area in the second half of the 19th century, Peace himself demonstrates a complex character that cannot easily be assigned the Jekyll and Hyde tag since this story is far from allegorical. No distracting audio effects to deflect one from the dialogue and the action.

Good quality picture and sound: truly a piece to savour.
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on 20 November 2015
very interesting --- absorbing --well made !
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