The Winslow Boy

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Smart and engaging, The Winslow Boy finds David Mamet bringing his talents to bear on period drama, with easily commendable results.

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Movie Info

When 14-year-old Ronnie Winslow (Guy Edwards) is expelled from the Royal Naval College for theft, his father, Arthur (Nigel Hawthorne), is convinced that Ronnie was wrongly accused. After acquiring the talented lawyer Sir Robert Morton (Jeremy Northam), Arthur doggedly pursues the case, which becomes a sensationalized public story. As the case wears on, the Winslows' finances are drained, adversely affecting the older Winslow children, Dickie (Matthew Pidgeon) and Catherine (Rebecca Pidgeon).

Cast

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 Admiralty
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 (37) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for The Winslow Boy

  • Mar 19, 2015
    Despite the distinct lack of non-stop casual cursing, Rattigan's play is actually the perfect material for Mamet to adapt (quick detailed filled dialogue, examination of a supposed crime, etc.) and he does so without indulging in too many of his quirks.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2013
    In general, I shun the period pieces but this one needs to be viewed. Here we have a case of a boy from an upper crust family who denies stealing a five shilling postal note and the attempt by his out of touch family to take the matter to trial. While the rest of society sees the coming of war with chills, here we have active lobbying for the poor "Winslow Boy".
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2008
    Good period drama if a bit studied. The performances couldn't be better though.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2008
    Too much action, away from the action, but the cast and dialog are quite good.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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