(1987) from Tuna
|Cause Célèbre (1987 TV movie) is a BBC production of a real murder
trial that took place in 1935. An older woman (played by Helen Mirren)
and a much younger man are on trial for the brutal murder of her
husband. The press sensationalized the case long before it came to
trial, creating a huge public outcry against the wife. Men were afraid
a younger man would seduce their wives, and women were jealous.
At first, Mirren's character confessed, trying to save her young
lover, then changed her mind because of her children.
Mirren did show her breasts, and
most of her bum, in the film's one sex scene.
Take a dry courtroom mystery, take away the mystery early on, then
place it in a British courtroom, and you have a sure cure for
insomnia. Mirren gave the kind of strong performance you can usually
expect from her, and the rest of the cast did fine, but this was more
like a docudrama than entertainment. The true story was
sensational in its time, it is too bad the film wasn't more so.
Scoop's note: the
play was written by Terrence Rattigan (Separate Tables).
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDB readers rate it an
astronomical 8.1/10, but based on only 7 votes.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C-.
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