The Winslow Boy (1999) - Drama, Romance

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Following the theft of a postal-order, a fourteen-year old cadet is expelled from Naval College. To save the honour of the boy and his family, the pre-eminent barrister of the day is engaged to take on the might the Admiralty.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: David Mamet
Stars: Rebecca Pidgeon, Jeremy Northam
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: G
Reviews: 14 out of 123 found boring (11.38%)

One-line Reviews (61)

The story was a compelling account of honor and the fight for what is right no matter what the cost.

As such the ultimate resolution of the Winslow case is actually of little importance to the movie, like a bit of a side story, something which may be quite off-putting to some viewers who'd perhaps find it boring and/or pointless.

While certainly suspenseful, it makes one understand what Joyce meant when he claimed all great art should satisfy more than urge.

Boring and zzzzzzzzzzzz .

On the whole, an enjoyable movie -- which in itself is quite rare, considering all the utter junk that gets made.

This "G" rated film is more engrossing than most "R" rated films oozing melodramatic mayhem.

It has impeccable acting, a witty and sharply-honed screenplay by David Mamet, and an engrossing story.

Regardless of these criticisms, this is a film that is well worth watching and will reward viewers with a great story and some fine performances.

Witty and entertaining .

Mamet does all he can to make us live the British mannerly life and he uses the slow pace of this film to illustrate the enormity of time that must be spent to fight the government.

You leave the theater thinking about a time when people acted according to convention and not to their heart.

He took a backseat, far back in this stagy yawner.

Life definitely happened at a slower pace.

My three and five year olds fell asleep.

An intelligent and entertaining movie.

I found The Winslow Boy to be quite a departure for Mamet from The Spanish Prisoner, but very enjoyable.

It takes a director like Mamet to make a story this mundane this engrossing.

Based on a true story, The Winslow Boy is a fairly conventional drama about the tedious, disheartening search for justice experienced by far too many people.

Ultimately, the movie is a handsome, satisfying, if low-key, plea for siding with the common over the great and letting "right be done," but if you found the Spanish Prisoner boring, I would steer clear.

The Winslow Boy is an absorbing movie that proves "if you make it, they will come" - the theater was almost full when we went, a Monday afternoon at 3PM.

The acting was uniformly wonderful, with Nigel Hawthorne giving an unusually compelling performance.

It is neither fast-moving nor action-packed, and it contains no sexual content or violence.

This film was entertaining mainly because of good acting, a fine original play by Rattigan, and a fine adaptation of the original by Mamet.

Nigel Hawthorne does well as the father of the family who might be on the edge of financial ruin as he fights to clear his son's name.

Donat has been missing for far too long from the cable stations and video rental lists.

Mind you the case is not the only central interest, the tension (and subtle tender friendship) between Kate Winslow and Sir Robert Morton is fascinating to watch, as they grow to observe each other closely and exchange banters.

On the other hand, 'The Winslow Boy' is very well made, with gleamingly beautiful cinematography by Benoît Delhomme and the costumes and interiors are sumptuous and rich and evocative in detail.

The deft combination of Writer-Director-Actor-Producer David Mamet and Playright Supreme Sir Terrance Rattigan result in a compelling dramatic experience.

In contrast see the DVD of John Sayle's "Limbo," which is so much more informative and entertaining.

All in all, I repeat, a perfectly satisfying and enjoyable film.

It was generally an engaging story, although it bogged down in places when it became overly introspective.

It portrays the agony, humiliation, disbelief, indifference, anger, confusion, determination, persistence, idealism, sacrifice, protective love, cynicism, and fear with which a boy's nearest and dearest react to his expulsion from naval cadet school, and the crusade to vindicate him.

While some may think it moved at a ponderous pace, I am glad I rented the video so I could stop and go back to be certain of their words.

Mamet actually does a good job respecting the essence of the source material and also doing enough to try and attract a wider audience, also succeeding in what could easily come over as old-fashioned on-screen fresh and fascinating.

, etc. This movie was compelling to me not as a speculation on the pursuit of justice (as 'A Few Good Men' was).

David Mamet is a writer and director best known for his sparse, intense dialogue and puzzle-like plots.

Well thats enough about Mr Northams riveting multi-leveled performance.

What an enjoyable experience!

Fascinating and intriguing without need for excitement.

This movie is a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.

The dramatic scene between Morton and the boy comes off rather low key here, whereas it is brilliant and intense on stage.

They both have the unique energy of Joe Mantegna, and fascinating strong lead performances from Lindsay Crouse in the former and Don Ameche in the latter -- perfect casting they were, with music score both by Alaric Jans.

This film is enjoyable merely for it's use of the language, and more so for it's understated exploration of an upper class English family under stress.

The publicity is intense, making the older sister's wedding engagement in jeopardy.

Catherine Winslow's paramour is a rather dull character and one has to wonder what a woman of her beliefs could possibly have seen in him.

The subtly expressed and low key sexual tension between his character and Rebecca Pidgeon's character gives the audience something to be interested in, in this stodgy film.

) I totally trusted the writer/director, serenely sat there knowing I will have a pleasant film experience, and immensely enjoyable it truly was!

Based on a play which in turn is based on fact, the film cannot help show its origins (the action mainly taking place only in the Winslow household), so it might be slightly boring to some.

A Very Entertaining Movie .

crisp, engaging dialogue...

In a nutshell, it was boring and it feature a very annoying lead character in "Catherine Winslow" (Rebecca Pidgeon).

Again, while it isn't Mamet's best, I still enjoyed it.

It is a remarkable to spend an evening watching a "G" rated film that can be so enjoyable!

Terence Rattigan's 1946 play, "The Winslow Boy", is a stodgy warhorse that is every bit as affected and phony as they come.

Northam is stunning as Sir Robert Morton: his every gesture, eye expressions so perfectly in tune with the character.

However, the whole is satisfying and you'll leave the theater wishing to see what happens to Northam and Pidgeon after their ultimate scene.

The plot was so compelling that it made the brilliant dialog almost superfluous.

ordinary yet intriguing characters interwoven into a seamless web...

I initially had some problem with Rebecca Pidgeon as a dramatic actress, but even she fares well, probably because Catherine Winslow is such an engaging character (sort of reminded me of Elizabeth Bennett in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE).

Her brother has to quit university for a dull job.

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