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Peterloo proves writer-director Mike Leigh's populist anger remains undimmed - but that righteous fury occasionally overpowers the narrative.



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Internationally acclaimed and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh portrays one of the bloodiest episodes in British history, the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, where government-backed cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of 80,000 that gathered in Manchester, England to demand democratic reform.


Rory Kinnear
as Henry Hunt
Tim McInnerny
as Prince Regent
Nico Mirallegro
as John Bagguley
Neil Bell
as Samuel Bamford
Philip Jackson
as John Knight
Vincent Franklin
as Magistrate Rev Etlhelson
Karl Johnson
as Lord Sidmouth, the Home Secretary
Robert Wilfort
as Lord Liverpool, the Prime Minister
Sam Troughton
as Mr. Hobhouse
Roger Sloman
as Mr. Grout
Kenneth Hadley
as Mr. Golightly
Tom Edwards
as Kane-Mr. Cobb
Lizzy McInnerny
as Mrs. Moss
Alastair Mackenzie
as General Sir John Byng
Lisa Millett
as Jemima Bamford
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  • A bit of ruthlessness in editing - a good hour or so - would certainly make "Peterloo" a better film.

    Apr 19, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • There's a universality to the issues "Peterloo" explores. And, once you get through all the speechmaking, it provides an emotional kick that will resonate anywhere.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Peterloo" takes its time, giving us little by way of explanation and grounding but creating, in its bits and pieces, a vivid and coherent world.

    Apr 17, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Leigh's bland images are solely illustrative, and his loving depiction of workers might embarrass a Soviet-era propagandist; he seems so stirred by their speeches that he forgets to craft characters...

    Apr 15, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film looks fantastic, as Leigh and cinematographer Dick Pope advance a painterly aesthetic even richer than the one they created in Mr. Turner.

    Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Dialogue explaining what the Corn Laws are or the meaning of habeas corpus is presumably not the product of long periods of intense rehearsal.

    Apr 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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