Director: Robert Altman
Writer: Julian Fellowes
Cast: Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jeremy Northam, Ryan Phillippe, James Wilby, Clive Owen, Stephen Fry, Helen Mirren, Derek Jacobi, Richard E. Grant
Reviews: Internet Movie Database
Synopsis: With Gosford Park Robert Altman serves up an excellent period film in the style of Agatha Christie's 10 Little Indians. Ten guests and their servants are invited to gather for a hunting party at the English country estate of Sir and Lady McCordle. The two groups, servants on the one hand and high society on the other, are rigidly divided along class lines.
Yet the parallel events that unfold amongst these two groups quickly reveals their uncanny similarities - self-serving hypocrisy seems to be the norm among both parties. The drama is eventually interupted by the mysterious murder of one of the principal characters. Naturally, a detective arrives to survey the scene and is quickly discovered to be an inept, albeit amiable, investigator. Eventually, it is the multifarious characters themselves who do the real investigative work, as past secrets and the interlaced histories of each slowly reveal numerous motives for murder.