The Hippopotamus

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The Hippopotamus is the story of a poet who is summoned to his friend's country manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracles. Three-time Olivier Award winner Roger Allam (Endeavor, The Queen, V for Vendetta) stars as the disgruntled, cantankerous, semi-famous poet Ted Wallace who is hired to investigate strange doings at Lord and Lady Logan's country manor, Swafford Hall. Golden Globe Winner Matthew Modine (Stranger Things, Dark Knight Rises, Full Metal Jacket) plays the stupendously rich and gregarious Lord Michael Logan. Fiona Shaw (five Harry Potter movies) co-stars as the doting mother Lady Logan. Tim McInnerny (Notting Hill, Game of Thrones) plays the flamboyant and gullible theater director Oliver Mills. The film is directed by John Jencks and produced by Jay Taylor and Alexa Seligman. This is the first Stephen Fry novel to be adapted as a feature film.

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Cast

Roger Allam
as Ted Wallace
Matthew Modine
as Lord Michael Logan
Fiona Shaw
as Anne Logan
Emily Berrington
as Jane Swann
Tim McInnerny
as Oliver Mills
Geraldine Somerville
as Rebecca Logan
Tommy Knight
as David Logan
Lyne Renée
as Valerie Richmonde
Dean Ridge
as Simon Logan
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  • A towering, at times monumentally good central performance from the character actor Roger Allam stands at the heart of The Hippopotamus, but it is entirely alone.

    Jun 2, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • It's still a pleasure, and often a joy, to watch the star measuring out and savouring Fry's rich wordplay like fingers of scotch.

    Jun 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • This adaptation of Stephen Fry's comic novel relies so heavily on voiceover that it's practically an audiobook.

    May 22, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Director John Jencks does a great job highlighting the cognitive dissonance resulting from the human race's uneasy blend of practicality and credulity. And Roger Allam is terrific as the self-loathing Ted Wallace, drunk poet turned drunk sleuth.

    Mar 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Sex, alcohol and a generous helping of four-letter invective all feature in a comedy-drama somewhat over-reliant on large gobbets of fruity narration and totally indebted to Allam's stand-out turn.

    Oct 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The rest of the supporting characters are little more than targets of Wallace's diatribes. That's not to say that the A plot lacks appeal. But Wallace is, without a doubt, the star of the show.

    Aug 7, 2017 | Full Review…

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