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Gosford Park

137 min
Drama | Mystery
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Robert Altman
Won Oscar. Another 36 wins & 61 nominations
Country: UK
Release Date: 2002-01-18
Filming Locations: Ston Easton Park, Somerset, England, UK
Budget: $19,800,000
Opening Weekend: $3,395,759 (USA) (18 January 2002)
Gross: $41,308,615 (USA) (6 June 2002)
Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas
Gosford Park
Richard E. Grant
Richard E. Grant
Gosford Park
Lucy Cohu
Lucy Cohu
Gosford Park
Laurence Fox
Laurence Fox
Gosford Park
Geraldine Somerville
Geraldine Somerville
Gosford Park
Jeremy Swift
Jeremy Swift
Gosford Park
Maggie Smith
Constance Trentham
Michael Gambon
William McCordle
Camilla Rutherford
Isobel McCordle
Charles Dance
Lord Raymond Stockbridge
Tom Hollander
Anthony Meredith
Natasha Wightman
Lavinia Meredith
Jeremy Northam
Ivor Novello
Bob Balaban
Morris Weissman
James Wilby
Freddie Nesbitt
Claudie Blakley
Mabel Nesbitt
Trent Ford
Jeremy Blond
Ryan Phillippe
Henry Denton
Stephen Fry
Inspector Thompson
Ron Webster
Constable Dexter
Kelly Macdonald
Mary Maceachran
Clive Owen
Robert Parks
Helen Mirren
Mrs. Wilson
Eileen Atkins
Mrs. Croft
Emily Watson
Alan Bates
Derek Jacobi
Sophie Thompson
Meg Wynn Owen
Adrian Scarborough
Frances Low
Joanna Maude
Teresa Churcher
Sarah Flind
Finty Williams
Emma Buckley
Laura Harling
Tilly Gerrard
Will Beer
Leo Bill
Gregor Henderson-Begg
John Atterbury
Frank Thornton
Mr. Burkett
Ron Puttock
Adrian Preater
McCordle's Loader
John Cox
Ken Davies
Tony Davies
Steve Markham
Terry Sturmey
Julian Such
Alan Bland
Peter Champion
Geoff Double
Robin Devereux
John Fountain
Richard Gamble
Brian Rumsey
George Sherman
Pip the Dog
Natalie Danks-Smith
American Actress (uncredited)
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Altman consulted the writer Ezna Sands in depth on the idea before commencing with the project, having wanted to employ his doctoring skills on the script. Sands simply said it was as close to perfect as it could possibly be.
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The wallpaper in Constance Trentham's bedroom is hand-painted, imported from France. Even for this very small set, it would have cost the filmmakers $18,000; however, the manufacturer donated it to the production. Even so, the owners of the house demanded that the walls were re-papered to their liking (to match their bedding) after the production was over.
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Bob Balaban recommended to Robert Altman that Julian Fellowes write the screenplay. "Altman asked him to try it, and maybe six weeks later Julian sent the first 75 pages. It was clear that he was brilliant and his knowledge of class society, the workings of it, was encyclopedic. This talented writer, moldering away as a relatively unsuccessful actor! That was a brass ring, and he took it. It's part of the key to his current success, his work ethic. He doesn't procrastinate. He doesn't hide. He works like a demon." (Alex Wichtel, NYTimes 9/2011)
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At the beginning of the movie when Constance walks to the car, she is wearing pointed-toe shoes with a heel. When she arrives at Gosford Park you can see, as she enters the doorway, that she's clearly wearing "flats".
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When McCordle's coffin is shown loaded into the hearse, there are only two men closing the back of the hearse. There are no other pall bearers in sight. It would require more than two men to carry a coffin with a man the size of McCordle in it out of the house and to lift it into the hearse. Only two men trying that would find it impossible.
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When Mrs. Wilson enters the Servants' Hall while the inspector is telling the staff that he will be leaving, Mrs. Croft exits the room but the door remains open behind the Inspector. When Mrs. Wilson leaves the room, Mrs. Croft reenters, the door is shut and she opens it.
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Constance, Countess of Trentham: He's still got that vile little dog, I see.
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Maid: Do you think he's the murderer? Robert Parks: It's worse than that - he's an actor!
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Henry Denton: You Brits really don't have a sense of humor do you?
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How could "The Americans" not know how the breakfast was served on the third day?
During breakfast the morning after the murder, both of the Americans were confused as to how the breakfast was supposed to be served. Both Morris Weissman and Henry Denton expected to be served, and were surprised to learn that they were expected to provide for their own tray from the buffet table. Now, how could that be? Surely they must've learned by now how breakfast was served?And the answer is, the party hadn't been served breakfast together in that manner at all before that time, in spite of that being their third day at Gosford Park.They arrive at mid day during the first day. They are served tea in the sitting room, then dinner during the evening. The morning of the second day, the ladies are being served breakfast in their beds, while the men are already out for the shoot. Instead, they all participate in an elaborate lunch outdoors in the Greek rotunda. On the evening after the dinner that day, the murder takes place. Thus, breakfast the third day is the first breakfast that are served together in the dining room. And that's when the Americans learn how the breakfast is served.
Who murdered William McCordle?
During the evening of the second day at Gosford Park, the host Sir William McCordle was poisoned to death and then brutally stabbed from behind. So, whodunnit?Mrs Wilson, the head housekeeper, is the murderess. After the scandal during the dinner, Sir William withdrew to his study. Mrs Wilson offered him a cup of coffee, which she had poisoned beforehand. He refused the coffee and knocked it to the floor and ordered some whiskey instead taking a big drink and finds it horrible tasting. Being the faithful servant and prepared for all eventualities, as always, she had brought the poison with her, and quickly poisoned the whiskey before handing it over to him.Meanwhile Robert Parks, valet to Lord Stockbridge, had made plans of his own to murder Sir William. He did this during the evening, when the entire household was listening to Ivor Novello entertaining the guests. Parks had stolen a kitchen knife the night before, which he had hidden in the sand bucket used in case of fire near the service entrance. During the evening, he "went out for a smoke", made use of a couple of dirty shoes to make it look like the assailant came from outside the household, picked up the hidden knife, opened the secret door to the study, and stabbed Sir William from behind but he was already dead from the poison.Robert Parks had been brought up in an orphanage. He and some other boys broke into the office and stole their files which contained his birth certificate and listed his father as unknown and mother deceased. Though, after some investigative research, he had found out that Sir William McCordle was the one that had delivered him to the orphanage. From this he drew the conclusion that Sir William was in fact, his father. He wanted Sir William dead, as a revenge for his mothers death, and for his upbringing in an orphanage.Unbeknownst to him, his mother was not dead at all, but alive and well and working in Sir Williams household having changed her name to Mrs Wilson. Mrs Wilson had understood the true meaning of Robert Parks upbringing. That he had not been given to a good family that Sir Williams knew but had been dumped in an orphanage and that he was in fact, her son, and that he was there to kill Sir William. In an act of anticipation and true self sacrifice, she killed Sir William before Robert Parks had the chance, to save her son from the gallows and giving him closure at the same time.It is still an open question if Robert Parks ever figured out the true relationship between him and Mrs Wilson, it is however clear that she knew that he was her son.
Who is who?
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Photos from cast
Kristin Scott Thomas Richard E. Grant Lucy Cohu Laurence Fox Geraldine Somerville Jeremy Swift