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Gosford Park (2001)

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Coming Out at 26 December 2001 in theaters

Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Gosford Park is satirical black comedy mystery film directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes. The film stars an ensemble cast, which includes Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Derek Jacobi, Kelly Macdonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Emily Watson. The story follows a party of wealthy Britons plus an American producer, and their servants, who gather for a shooting weekend at Gosford Park, an English country house. A murder occurs after a dinner party, and the film goes on to present the subsequent investigation from the servants’ and guests’ perspectives.

Development on Gosford Park began in 1999, when Bob Balaban asked Altman if they could develop a film together. Balaban suggested an Agatha Christie-style whodunit and introduced Altman to Julian Fellowes, with whom Balaban had been working on a different project. The film went into production in March 2001, and began filming at Shepperton Studios with a production budget of $19.8 million. Gosford Park premiered on 7 November 2001 at the London Film Festival. It received a limited release across cinemas in the United States in December 2001, before being widely released in January 2002 by USA Films. It was released in February 2002 in the United Kingdom.

The film was successful at the box office, grossing over $87 million in cinemas worldwide, making it Altman’s second-most successful film after MASH. Widely acclaimed by critics, it received multiple awards and nominations, including seven Academy Awards nominations and nine British Academy Film Awards nominations.

The TV series Downton Abbey – written and created by Fellowes – was originally planned as a spin-off of Gosford Park, but instead was developed as a standalone property inspired by the film, set decades earlier.

Director: Robert Altman

Writers: Julian Fellowes, Robert Altman, Bob Balaban

Stars: Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Camilla Rutherford, Charles Dance, Geraldine Somerville

Cast:

Maggie SmithConstance Trentham
Michael GambonWilliam McCordle
Kristin Scott ThomasSylvia McCordle
Camilla RutherfordIsobel McCordle
Charles DanceRaymond Stockbridge
Geraldine SomervilleLouisa Stockbridge
Tom HollanderAnthony Meredith
Natasha WightmanLavinia Meredith
Jeremy NorthamIvor Novello
Bob BalabanMorris Weissman
James WilbyFreddie Nesbitt
Claudie BlakleyMabel Nesbitt
Laurence FoxRupert Standish
Trent FordJeremy Blond
Ryan PhillippeHenry Denton
Stephen FryInspector Thompson
Ron WebsterConstable Dexter
Kelly MacdonaldMary Maceachran
Clive OwenRobert Parks
Helen MirrenMrs. Wilson
Eileen AtkinsMrs. Croft
Emily WatsonElsie
Alan BatesJennings
Derek JacobiProbert
Richard E. GrantGeorge
Jeremy SwiftArthur
Sophie ThompsonDorothy
Meg Wynn OwenLewis
Adrian ScarboroughBarnes
Frances LowSarah
Joanna MaudeRenee
Teresa ChurcherBertha
Sarah FlindEllen
Finty WilliamsJanet
Emma BuckleyMay
Lucy CohuLottie
Laura HarlingEthel
Tilly GerrardMaud
Will BeerAlbert
Leo BillJim
Gregor Henderson-BeggFred
John AtterburyMerriman
Frank ThorntonMr. Burkett
Ron PuttockStrutt
Adrian PreaterMcCordle’s Loader
John CoxLoaders
Ken DaviesLoaders
Tony DaviesLoaders
Steve MarkhamLoaders
Terry SturmeyLoaders
Julian SuchLoaders
Alan BlandBeaters
Peter ChampionBeater
Geoff DoubleBeaters
Robin DevereuxBeaters
John FountainBeaters
Richard GambleBeaters
Brian RumseyBeaters
George ShermanBeaters
WidgetPip the Dog
Natalie Danks-SmithAmerican Actress

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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