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This movie has a huge cast of colorful characters, so pay extremely close attention to see how certain people are related to each other.

Also, listen carefully to the British English or you'll have a tough time following along.

This film has something for everyone, the existing conflicts between higher and lower classes, British royalty, actors, naughty laughs and naughty maids. Even murder.

So let the social satire fall where it may and enjoy a good change-of-pace film.

It's murder English style as Robert Altman directs an all-star cast in one of the most charming melodramas to appear this side of the Atlantic.

Part character study and part murder mystery, it's the story of the people and events that lead up to this deadly crime.

Witty, low-key and oh, so English.

The movie takes place in a remote English mansion whose aging master is playing host to a pheasant-shooting party.

Each of the many guests shows up with a servant in attendance, and as hired hands mingle with the house staff, the story develops.

The style of the working class and the entitled elite flow into each other. On the surface, the atmosphere seems rosy, but is really rich with corrupt and envious desires.

The picture is a comedy/mystery with a mischievous huge cast that knocks the stuffing out of English period pieces; a cunning, crafty group of multi-characters that do a superb job of acting.

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