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A mixture of Upstairs, Downstairs, Clue, and perceptive social commentary, Gosford Park ranks among director Altman's best. Read critic reviews

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Robert Altman, one of America's most distinctive filmmakers, journeys to England for the first time to create a unique film mosaic with an outstanding ensemble cast. Set in the 1930's, "Gosford Park" brings a group of pretentious rich and famous together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.

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Bob Balaban
Morris Weissman
Charles Dance
Raymond, Lord Stockbridge
Stephen Fry
Inspector Thompson
Michael Gambon
Sir William McCordle
Tom Hollander
Lieutenant Commander Anthony Meredith
Kelly Macdonald
Mary Maceachran
Jane Frazer
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Andrew Dunn
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Stephen Altman
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Tim Squyres
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Critic Reviews for Gosford Park

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  • Oct 25, 2015
    I'm sorry, I know that this is supposed to be a critically acclaimed film, but I just can't see what all the hype is. There's nothing really noteworthy about this aside from the fact that it's got a great cast. And honestly? This has to be the most boring film I've ever seen. I mean holy shit this is a snoozefest.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2014
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  • Sep 26, 2013
    Anyone that has a fascination with "Clue" or "Downton Abbey" or "Boardwalk Empire" will get a kick out of 2001's "Gosford Park". Openly the launching point for the PBS series "Downton Abbey", Maggie Smith stars in both incarnations with a subtly and humor that is unmatched throughout the film. With a huge ensemble cast, with several noticeable performances, like that of Kelly Macdonald before her starring role on "Boardwalk Empire", she takes on an almost leading role, becoming the center of the mystery that surrounds the film. Director Robert Altman follows the wealthy man murder mystery story-line with precision, taking over the first half of the film to introduce all the players and their possible motives, exonerating several of the characters immediately and playing with expectations and assumptions based on the evidence, complete with the bumbling, ignorant detective. Rounding out the cast is Kristin Scott Thomas, Ryan Phillipe, Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Emily Watson, and Michael Gambon just to name a few. Relying slightly too heavily on the dramatic interest in these characters and not delivering the mystery sooner, the revelations come too quickly and suspense is never really allowed to build. Besides some standout performances, "Gosford Park" leaves no real lasting impression and becomes a dance of all the characters juggling for screen time.
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  • Jul 21, 2013
    In what can be described as Clue meets Downton Abbey, director Robert Altman manages to weave a large and talented ensemble cast through a complex plot, doing so while keeping a cohesive narrative. The result is something quite notable, a smart drama that has richly defined characters, with a witty sense of humor and acute social commentary. Gosford Park is, above all, a highly skilled period piece. Everything from the dialogue, personalities, and set-design perfectly embodies early 1930s England. The class system depicted, right on the precipice of massive change, is keenly observed, with the antiquated air of British aristocracy still being ever so slightly kept alive. The script of Gosford Park takes a large cast, and sets them within a mystery that has so many different facets, one never knows what will happen. It does this while creating very subtle relationships and inter-dynamics between the characters, we get a very broad view of the issues going on. This creates a film that is fascinating to watch just for its very essence, not just in service of the plot. The cast itself is immensely talented, with such reliable greats as Helen Mirren, Clive Own, and Maggie Smith. Each performance is excellent, with the sense of intrigue being kept alive in every scene. The Altman's direction further showcases his great talents. The way he structures the scenes and frames the shots, everything is done to great effect and after obvious thought. The film is nearly entirely dialogue driven, yet never boring, and lengthy at almost 2.5 hours, yet it never feels slow. Overall Gosford Park is a quite intriguing period piece, filled with great performances, smart writing, and intelligent humor. 4/5 Stars
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