Red Riding: 1983 2009

Red Riding: 1983

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Ten years after the body of a mutilated girl was found in Yorkshire, another young girl is missing. Lawyer John Piggott (Mark Addy) is asked to re-examine the conviction of a disabled man who confessed to the earlier murders and now claims he dis so under intense police pressure. As Piggott looks into whether the Yorkshire police tortured their suspect, Detective Jobson (David Morrissey) starts to regret his brutal past and reveals a secret that casts the entire case in a new light.

Cast & Crew

David Morrissey
Maurice Jobson
Mark Addy
John Piggott
Lisa Howard
Judith Jobson
Chris Walker
Jim Prentice
Shaun Dooley
Dick Alderman
Jim Carter
Harold Angus
Warren Clarke
Bill Molloy
Sean Bean
John Dawson
Sean Harris
Bob Craven
Steven Robertson
Bob Fraser
Tony Grisoni
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Hugo Heppell
Executive Producer
Alasdair MacCuish
Executive Producer
David Higgs
Cinematographer
Trevor Waite
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Critic Reviews for Red Riding: 1983

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  • There's still a great deal of satisfaction to be had in both the resolution of the plot's many mysteries and the thematic throughlines of the three films.

    March 26, 2010 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Stands as a wrenching tale of power abused and lives discarded. It is powerful stuff.

    March 19, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Anand Tucker's direction and Tony Grisoni's screenplay aren't perfect but is yet another work that stands relatively well on its own but is made infinitely better when viewed in the light of the first two films.

    March 12, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Each film is enriched by collective detail, but it would have been richer had they played off each other rather than extending the argument.

    March 11, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Beautifully filmed, and is more satisfying in its connection to the first film, providing much needed closure to a series marked by its stubborn refusal to offer any such comforting affectations.

    August 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Raises the bar for crime drama on the boob tube.

    March 10, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Red Riding: 1983

  • Sep 21, 2012
    As boring, uninspiring, and completely irrelevant this third installment in the âRed Ridingâ? trilogy are, there is some great dialogue and a few contrasts to the original story that it shares. This is absolutely not the conclusion I was hoping for, because they hardly ever shed a light on the past events and itâ(TM)s characters involved. I donâ(TM)t have much to say about this film, just that it was an utter disappointment. I still enjoyed some of the moments, making it watchable, but without anywhere new to tread, it falls flat sometimes. Stick to the first film, itâ(TM)s great!
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2012
    "Red Riding: 1983" is yet another grim look at police corruption in Yorkshire, England that manages to entertain for most of its length. It's not as involving as "Red Riding: 1980" nor as focused, but it's heavy on atmosphere and just as well-acted. (Mark Addy does a top-notch job.) The finale is explosive but could have been done better under different direction. Nevertheless, "Red Riding: 1983" is a great way to end an otherwise engrossing trilogy of films.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2011
    The last of the Trilogy but did they catch the wolf, I had to raise my eyebrows when it was all over. In the third of three in this series children are still disappearing. Who's to blame, did they put the right person in jail in the last film? Is it the man of God, is it the high roller, is it the Chief Inspector of Police. Its full of suspense twist and turns, and I expect to see another film in this series. All based on true events. 5 Stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2011
    An extraordinary final chapter to the unforgettable "RED RIDING TRILOGY." "1983" ties up most of the loose ends from the first two entries, which alone might make this the most gratifying installment. I still prefer "1980," but this film contains some of the best, most intense, most achingly beautiful scenes of the trilogy, as well as the most shocking of revelations. The performances are superb (the key new addition being Mark Addy) and the writing is top notch; it's a joy to watch all the different plot strands come together, even the most minor of details. It's the most visually striking of the trilogy and ends in a superbly poetic, emotional way. I think this is the best possible conclusion to a remarkable saga. Providing the necessary answers while still remaining as challenging as previous installements, Anand Tucker's "1983" is not just a stellar work of cinema; it has cemented "RED RIDING" in it's entirety as a classic, monumental achievement.
    Michael S Super Reviewer

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