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The Winslow Boy (1999)



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England, 1912. The Winslow family arrives home from church in time for a carefully orchestrated meeting between Arthur Winslow, the proud patriarch, and John Watherstone, the young man set to marry Arthur's daughter Catherine, an ardent suffragette. As plans are made for their lives together, Arthur, his wife Grace, Catherine, her eldest brother Dickie, John, and Desmond Curry, the family lawyer and Catherine's admirer, drink Madeira in celebration of the union. Just after the family toasts, Arthur discovers that his youngest son, Ronnie, is back early from the Naval College at Osbourne--dismissed for stealing a five shilling postal note. Arthur asks his son if he is guilty, explaining "If you tell me a lie, I shall know it, because a lie between you and me can't be hidden." Ronnie swears that he is innocent. Arthur dedicates himself to clearing his son of the charges. After obtaining no satisfaction from the school, he decides to retain the well known attorney, Sir Robert Morton. Since he is a conservative opposed to women's suffrage, Catherine is opposed to hiring Morton. In Sir Robert's chambers Desmond explains their predicament: the legal assumption is that the Admiralty and the Crown can do no wrong and cannot be sued. However, by a matter of grace, such a petition can be granted by the Attorney General, allowing the case to come to court.more
Rating: G (adult situations)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Mamet, Terence Rattigan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 1, 2000
Sony Pictures Classic


Nigel Hawthorne
as Arthur Winslow
Jeremy Northam
as Sir Robert Morton
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Catherine Winslow
Gemma Jones
as Grace Winslow
Matthew Pidgeon
as Dickie Winslow
Guy Edwards
as Ronnie Winslow
Colin Stinton
as Desmond Curry
Aden Gillett
as John Watherstone
Eve Bland
as Suffragette
Sara Stewart
as Miss Barnes
Alan Polonsky
as Mr. Michaels
Alan Polanski
as Mr. Michaels
Neil North
as First Lord of the Ad...
Jim Dunk
as Colleague
Duncan Gould
as Commons Reporter
Ian Soundy
as Local Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Winslow Boy

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (19)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An intelligent and very satisfying work of art.

Full Review… | November 15, 2009

Arthur Winslow and Sir Robert Morton are as ruthless in their way as the real estate salesmen in Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross are in theirs...

Full Review… | March 23, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Winslow Boy



Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

Good period drama if a bit studied. The performances couldn't be better though.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Interesting period piece family portrait. Did the boy steal the money? The Winslow family goes through a lot. There are no easy answers. Interesting characterizations by all involved. They were begging for Oscars methinks.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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