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
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
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.