Robert Altman (McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nashville), one of America’s most distinctive and prolific filmmakers, journeyed to England to create this unique whodunnit near the end of his career, utilizing another of his outstanding ensemble casts that included Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Ryan Phillippe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Charles Dance, Kelly Macdonald, and Bob Balaban—who also served as a producer and received a story credit he shared with Altman. Set in the 1930’s, Gosford Park brings a group of pretentious rich and famous together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these characters becomes a suspect. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, the film won screenwriter Julian Fellowes his first Oscar nearly a decade before he would go on to create Downton Abbey.
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"Taking advantage of a splendid cast, a sharply focused script and the fresh English setting, Gosford Park emerges as one of the most satisfying of Robert Altman's numerous ensemble pictures."
This film is part of the Senior Afternoon Cinema series.