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Drowning by Numbers

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1988
  • Peter Greenaway
  • 114 mins
  • 18

Summary

Cissie Colpitts drowns her husband after becoming sick of his philandering ways, and enlists the aid of local coroner Madgett to cover up her crime. However, when the spouses of Cissie's identically named daughter and granddaughter meet similar fates, the unfortunate Madgett is cajoled into hiding yet more murders. Black comedy, starring Joan Plowright, Juliet Stevenson, Joely Richardson and Bernard Hill

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

In one of writer/director Peter Greenaway's darkest comedies, three generations of womenfolk, all named Cissie Colpitts, drown their menfolk with the acquiescence of the local coroner, Madgett (Bernard Hill). Joan Plowright, Juliet Stevenson and Joely Richardson are delightfully lethal as the scheming trio, while Greenaway indulges his obsessions with word games, lists and the ache of mortality. Michael Nyman's score builds momentum, even though there isn't any, and the whole is luminous and lurid in equal measure.

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Credits

Cast

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MadgettBernard Hill
Cissie Colpitts 1Joan Plowright
Cissie Colpitts 2Juliet Stevenson
Cissie Colpitts 3Joely Richardson
SmutJason Edwards
JakeBryan Pringle
HardyTrevor Cooper
BellamyDavid Morrissey
GregoryJohn Rogan
TeiganPaul Mooney
NancyJane Gurnett
Jonah BognorKenny Ireland

Crew

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DirectorPeter Greenaway

Details

Theatrical distributor
Recorded Releasing
Languages
English
Guidance
Nudity
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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