Dead Gorgeous

Dead Gorgeous

Director: Sarah Harding, Andrew Payne Cast: Helen McCrory, Fay Ripley



Based on Peter Lovesey's novel On the Edge, this British TV production is a comic variation on the old "exchange murder" device so beloved by writer Patricia Highsmith and filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. Shortly after the end of WWII, old friends Antonia (Helen McCrory) and Rose (Fay Ripley) unexpectedly catch up with each other. Comparing notes, the ladies find that they're both mired in unhappy marriages. Since divorce is out of the question, Antonia and Rose enter into an agreement to do away with one another's husbands: In both cases, it will look like an accident, and how in the world could anyone find a link between the killings? Unfortunately, once the deeds are done, the "perfect" scheme begins to unravel thanks to Rose's cold feet and Antonia's eccentric approach to the art of murder. First seen in the U.K. on October 2002, Dead Gorgeous was shown as part of the PBS anthology Mystery! on July 6, 2003.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2003
UPC: 0841887000789
Original Release: 2002
Rating: NR
Source: Pbs (Direct)
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:36:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen McCrory Antonia Ashton
Fay Ripley Rose Bell
Ron Cook Hector
Lloyd Owen Vic
Jonny Phillips Wing Cmdr. Barry Bell
Dermot Crowley Mr. Smart
Michael Mueller Det. Sgt. Painter
Andrew Watson Young Police Constable
David Schaal Constable
Fidelis Morgan Asst. Registrar
Alan David Mr. Greeley
Edward Lyon Coroner
Gerard Bell Jury Foreman
Max Harvey Male Witness
Cheryl Hall Female Witness
William Hoyland Sr. Civil Servant
Dominic Coleman Workman
Pip Torrens Rex Ballard
Myles Hoyle Rev. Mason
Linda Spurrier Mrs. Mason
Peter Waddington Mr. Barden
Guy Manning Peter Bliss

Technical Credits
Sarah Harding Director
Andrew Payne Director,Teleplay
Howard Burden Costumes/Costume Designer
Eileen Diss Production Designer
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Charles Elton Executive Producer
Paul Ghiradani Art Director
Jacquie Glanville Producer
Simon Kossoff Cinematographer
Jennie Muskett Score Composer
David Rees Editor
Barney Reisz Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dead Gorgeous
1. Introduction [2:54]
2. The Chance Meeting of Wartime Friends [6:12]
3. Unhappy at Home [8:59]
4. Discovering the Other Woman [12:32]
5. Barry Has an 'Accident' [13:23]
6. The Inquest into Barry's Death [3:56]
7. Getting the Death Certificate [5:17]
8. Rose Meets Hector [4:08]
9. Barry's Funeral [4:36]
10. Entrapping Hector [14:59]
11. Finishing the Job [8:44]
12. The Final Solution [11:45]
13. Credits [1:34]

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