The Winslow Boy

The Winslow Boy

A David Mamet Film

DVD - 2000
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A barrister defends a naval cadet accused of stealing a postal money-order.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Classics, c2000
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780767837958
0767837959
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 13, 2017

VERY GOOD Mametian rendition of Edwardian England tale with fine cast of character actors, settings, and more...

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tovaopatrny
Apr 19, 2017

I adore period movies and this one had rave reviews, so I was looking forward to watching it. I was pretty disappointed with the movie as a whole. I understand it's based on true event but as a modern viewer, it was a little hard to understand all this commotion around a kid who may have stolen 5 shillings. Second, the production seemed to rely too heavily on storytelling techniques that are more suited to a theater production. There's so many scenes of characters talking about huge events after the fact and not so much showing us these events as they unfold. Theater productions are pretty limited to the number of sets they can take us but movies have more freedom to create a different type of story adaption and I wish they took advantage of that. The acting was good but I wouldn't watch it again.

A low-key Mamet masterpiece. In THE WINSLOW BOY Mamet reworks the 1946 Terrence Rattigan play of the same name. It is a celebration of the civilization of Edwardian England -- its rich language, its parliamentary politics, its suffragette movement, its legal system, its fine sensibilities. One wouldn't imagine Mamet to be dewy-eyed about the zenith of the British Empire, but here it is for all to see. (I am afraid that there is something of this sentimentality in all of us who are native-born English speakers.)

d2013 Jul 18, 2015

Engaging courtroom drama based on actual events. Good!

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garycornell
Sep 16, 2014

An amazing true story, that shows the determination of one father to prove the innocence of his son. David Mamet directed this fine British story and has a terrific cast. A fine film for the entire family. KCLS has only one copy, but don't worry at the moment there are no holds on it. The comments below are generally very positive on the movie. I think it is a good bet to be a favorite with you.

voisjoe1 Apr 10, 2014

David Mamet did a masterful job of directing Jeremy Northam, Rebecca Pidgeon, and Nigel Hawthorne in this remake of the 1948 version of a father that believes his teenage son is not a forger. I suspect that these may be the best performances a director got out of Northam and Pidgeon. Northam was especially amazing as one of the almost top political persons in Great Britain. Unfortunately, the 1948 version is not yet out in DVD format, because IMDB rates the ’48 version a smidgeon better. Note that this library system misspells Ms. Pidgeon's surname.

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Janice21383
Mar 03, 2013

David Mamet puts his downbeat touch on Terence Rattigan. In his effort to eliminate every drop of humour from the play, Mamet also oddly diminishes the drama. The cast gives lethargic performances, especially the blank Rebecca Pigeon (compare to Emma Thompson's interpretation, available on YouTube). If you know the story, feel free to skip to scenes with young Guy Edwards, or Jeremy Northam, whose sensitive performance and pretty eyes are probably why you are considering checking this out.

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dontbugmeimreading
Jul 08, 2012

I found it slow moving and boring

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molly
Jan 03, 2012

Marvellous movie.

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Markham2010
Apr 23, 2011

A superbly intelligent film. It's a true story, with incredible acting and inspiring, quotable dialogue....And one of the best endings I've seen.

I liked the strengths of this family pulling together - for "Right" at all cost.

There is chemistry, without any contact, between Sir Robert and Catherine Winslow.

All in all, this is an extraoridinarily satisfying film. Highly recommended.

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Markham2010
Apr 23, 2011

Markham2010 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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