The Winslow Boy

The Winslow Boy

David Mamet (1999)

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David Mamet here drops his fascination with lowlifes and con tricks to adapt and direct Terence Rattigan's play about a father's unwavering and potentially destructive love for his son. When Ronnie Winslow (Guy Edwards) is expelled from the Royal Naval Academy for theft, his father, retired bank official Arthur Winslow (Nigel Hawthorne), believes in the boy's virtue so much he nearly bankrupts his family trying to prove it. Mamet's wife Rebecca Pidgeon plays the suffragette daughter who falls for barrister Jeremy Northam, while Gemma Jones plays the wife who cannot understand her husband's obsessive pursuit of justice. Mamet usually sees the truth beneath ulterior motives; here, with the help of a remarkable cast, he brings real motives out into the light of day.


The unravelling of an Edwardian couple's cosy and conventional life begins with the expulsion of their youngest son from the Royal Naval Academy. The boy is accused of stealing - prompting his enraged father to take the matter to the highest court in the land. Drama based on the play by Terence Rattigan, starring Nigel Hawthorne, Jeremy Northam, Guy Edwards and Rebecca Pidgeon.

Cast & Crew

Arthur Winslow Nigel Hawthorne
Sir Robert Morton Jeremy Northam
Catherine Winslow Rebecca Pidgeon
Grace Winslow Gemma Jones
Ronnie Winslow Guy Edwards
Dickie Winslow Matthew Pidgeon
Desmond Curry Colin Stinton
John Watherstone Aden Gillett
Violet Sarah Flind
Fred Perry Fenwick
Director David Mamet
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 29 Oct 1999