In GOSFORD PARK, Robert Altman explores the English class system and master-servant relations via his preferred modus operandi of multiple characters and intertwining storylines, which he achieved so brilliantly in NASHVILLE. Featuring an all-star British ensemble cast, the film recalls both THE RULES OF THE GAME and THE REMAINS OF THE DAY, with a midpoint shift to an Agatha Christie whodunit. In November 1932, a phalanx of moneyed guests arrives for a weekend shooting party at the estate of Sir William McCordle (Michael Gambon) and Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas). Mary (Kelly Macdonald), a fresh-faced, naïve new maid accompanies the sniping Countess of Trentham (Maggie Smith), and is shown the ropes by the house's worldly head housemaid, Elsie (Emily Watson). While the masters engage in various financial and sexual intrigues upstairs, the world downstairs has its own curiosities--namely, the predatory valet to a Hollywood producer, Henry Denton (Ryan Phillippe), and the mysterious, cagey servant, Robert Parks (Clive Owen). Mary soon discovers that the image of servants living vicariously through their masters is a false one, and that the upstairs-downstairs worlds are often shockingly interwoven. With GOSFORD PARK, Altman delivers a fascinating, blackly comic look at the treacherous yet poignant gamesmanship between the classes.
2001 - Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay Winner
Robert Jones - Producer
Claudie Blakley - Actor, GOSFORD PARK (2001)
Eileen Atkins - British character actress
Derek Jacobi - Shakespearian actor best known for "I, Claudius"
Sir Derek Jacobi - Shakespearian actor best known for "I, Claudius"
James Wilby - British Actor/"Maurice"
Sophie Thompson - Actress/"Twenty-One"
Alan Bates - British actor
Charles Dance - British Actor
Camilla Rutherford - STARDOM
Clive Owen - British actor, CLOSER
Ryan Phillippe - American actor, CRASH (2004)
Helen Mirren - British Actress
Jane Barclay - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Bob Balaban - American Actor/Director
David Levy - Associate Producer, mostly Robert Altman films
Maggie Smith - Oscar-winning British actress, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
Dame Maggie Smith - Oscar-winning British actress, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
Michael Gambon - Irish Stage/Film Actor - A Dry White Season/Sleepy Hollow
Jeremy Northam - Actor/"The Net"
Kelly MacDonald - Actress/"Trainspotting"
Kelly McDonald - Actress/"Trainspotting"
Robert Altman - Director/Screenwriter/Film Producer, NASHVILLE (1975)
Robert Bernard Altman - Director/Screenwriter/Film Producer, NASHVILLE (1975)
Sharon Harel - PRODUCER
Sharon Herel - PRODUCER
Richard E. Grant - British Actor
Kristin Scott Thomas - British actress
Emily Watson - Actress
Stephen Fry - British Comedian/Actor
Geraldine Somerville - British TV Actress
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 138
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 025192228124
- Genre: Mystery
- Rating: R (MPAA) (some language and brief sexuality)
- Release Date: January 2004
Theatrical release: December 26, 2001 (Limited) January 4, 2002 (Expands)
"...Effective ensemble movies depend on choosing the perfect actors, and GOSFORD PARK has perhaps the most dazzling cast that Altman has ever assembled..." - 12/01/2001 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.46-8
"...What makes the achievement of GOSFORD PARK all the more remarkable is that Mr. Altman is 76....The energy that crackles from the screen suggests the clear-sighted joie de vivre of an artist still deeply engaged in the world..." - 12/26/2001 New York Times, p.E3
"...This comedy of manners is so much fun that it wouldn't even need the mystery to be one of the year's top entertainments..." - 12/26/2001 USA Today, p.3D
"...Elegant....Nuanced and intricate....The cast, of course, delivers the good, with outstanding performances coming from Emily Watson and Helen Mirren..." - 01/01/2002 Box Office, p.57
"...GOSFORD PARK abounds in scenes to savor. It's a feast, and one of Altman's best..." - 01/17/2002 Rolling Stone, p.56
"...Elegantly topsy-turvy....It's full of moments to savor....Altman has a spry mastery that's inspiring. The acting, down to the smallest role, is superb..." - 01/18/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.52-3
"...A supple slice of entertainment, with some classy acting contributions..." - 03/01/2002 Total Film, p.93
"...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..." - 11/12/2001 Variety, p.27-33
"...A revelation....This is a quintessentially British movie, but one which only an outsider with Altman's energy could have made..." - 02/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.45-6
"...The screenplay is masterful in introducing all the characters and gradually making it clear who they are, what they've done, and what it means....One of the best films of 2001..." - 05/05/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5