Gosford Park (2001)

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Critic Consensus: A mixture of Upstairs, Downstairs, Clue, and perceptive social commentary, Gosford Park ranks among director Altman's best.


Movie Info

Maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman takes a witty and absorbing look at the foibles of the British class system in this intelligent murder mystery set in the early '30s. Sir William McCordle (Michael Gambon) and his wife Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas) are a pair of wealthy British socialites who have invited a variety of friends, relatives, and acquaintances to their mansion in the country for a weekend of hunting and relaxation. Among the honored guests are Constance (Maggie Smith), … More

Rating: R (for some language and brief sexuality)
Genre: Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Julian Fellowes, James Fellowes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 25, 2002
Box Office: $41.3M
Runtime:
USA Films - Official Site

Cast


as Sir William McCordle

as Lady Sylvia McCordle

as Constance, Countess...

as Mrs. Wilson

as Mrs. Croft

as Mary Maceachran

as Morris Weissman

as Jennings

as Ivor Novello

as Probert

as Isobel McCordle

as Louisa Stockbridge

as Raymond Stockbridge

as Insp. Thompson

as Henry Denton

as Anthony Meredith

as Robert Parks

as Lavinia Meredith

as The Hon. Freddie Nes...

as Mabel Nesbitt

as Lord Rupert Standish

as Jeremy Blond

as Arthur, Second Footm...

as Lewis, Lady Sylvia's...

as Dorothy, Still Room ...

as Bertha, Head Kitchen...

as Ellen, Junior Kitche...

as Lottie, Junior Kitc...

as Janet, Housemaid

as May, Housemaid

as Ethel, Scullery Maid

as Maud, Scullery Maid

as Albert, Servants Hal...

as Jim, Oddjob Man

as Strutt, Gamekeeper

as McCordles' loader

as Renee, Louisa's Maid

as Barnes, Anthony's Va...

as Sarah, Lavinia's Mai...

as Merriman, Constance'...

as Burkett, Constance's...

as Constable Dexter

as Loader

as Loader

as beater
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Critic Reviews for Gosford Park

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (36)

Taking advantage of a splendid cast, a sharply focused script and the fresh English setting, "Gosford Park" emerges as one of the most satisfying of Robert Altman's numerous ensemble pictures.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

Altman's unexpected venture into Agatha Christie territory works a treat.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A scintillating comedy-drama and one of [Altman's] most richly moving and entertaining pictures.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Wonderful British whodunit with some sexual content.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Contents and style converge smoothly and seductively in Altman's luxuriant period drama that applies Agatha Christie murder-mystery format to a rigorous anatomy of British class structure in the 1930s, with all the who's who in U.K. in the cast.

Full Review… | August 11, 2006
EmanuelLevy.Com

It's lovely to see that Altman, now in his 70s, still has an acid bite that would sting filmmakers half his age.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Gosford Park

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Mrs. Wilson: I'm the perfect servant; I have no life. 

"Tea At Four. Dinner At Eight. Murder At Midnight."

Well Gosford Park wasn't as amazing as I hoped it would be. It's packaged as a murder mystery, but really all it is, is servants gossiping about the higher class and the higher class gossiping about their fellow higher class. The whole murder thing only takes about an hour of the movie, and even then it doesn't really drive the film. 

The first hour and fifteen minutes of the film is devoted to getting to know the huge cast of characters. There's so many characters to keep track of. You got all these servants and maids, and then there's all the higher class. No wonder so much time had to be devoted to character development, there's just so many of them. We get to see the life of both the upper class and servants during a weekend stay at a rich mans house. Then the man whose house everyone is at is killed and a detective is brought in, who ends up questioning a lot of people. The movie didn't play out like your standard dinner party murder mystery, where someone is killed and everyone stands around in a big group and tries to figure out who did it. It's grounded, for better or worse, in reality. 

What makes this movie a worthwhile film is a huge and talented cast. Maggie Smith, Clive Owen,  Helen Mirren, Ryan Phillipe; and the cast goes on and on and on and on. My favorite performance came from one of the smaller names, Kelly McDonald who plays a maid and is the one who actually pieces the whole thing together and figures out what happened. The performances go a long way in keeping this slow meandering plot going. 

I can't say whether I liked this or not. I liked the idea of it and the acting was outrageously good. In the end though, I was left sort of underwhelmed. Hardcore Altman fans are probably in love with this film, but for me, it's just another movie, albeit with one of the best ensemble casts ever configured. Whether or not you'll like it will depend on your ability to watch really talky movies and still find it intriguing. I normally can, but by the hour mark I was kind of ofer the whole gossip thing.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Excellent movie! One of the best period pieces I've seen in a while.

One of the best and most noticeable features of this film is great cast. There are so many big names in this film, British names to be specific...in fact basically every English actor is in this. With this in mind, I had high expectations. The cast delivered. This film is wonderfully acted, with excellent performances from everyone, especially Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Kristen Scott Thomas, and Emily Watson.

Another thing that really stuck out to me was how solid of a period piece this is. The film studies the British class system of the 1930's, and I really felt like I was therein the era. The sets were all stunning and elaborate, as were the wonderful costumes and props. Everything about the appearance of the film was top-notch. An extremely well made film.

Also the script was great...very powerful and effective. It deserved its Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. The story that went along with that was also great. The film is slow, but it does eventually lead of to a murder. This is the main focus of the film, but at the same time it emphasizes the entangled relationships of everyone in the house. I think that's the reason this film suceeds.

Overall, I think this is a great film. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, this is a must-see film!

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Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

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