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Wetherby (1985)

R | | Drama, Mystery | 19 July 1985 (USA)
The mysterious death of an enigmatic young man newly arrived in the suburb of Wetherby releases the long-repressed, dark passions of some of its residents.


David Hare


David Hare
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Jean Travers
Ian Holm ... Stanley Pilborough
Judi Dench ... Marcia Pilborough
Marjorie Yates Marjorie Yates ... Verity Braithwaite
Tom Wilkinson ... Roger Braithwaite
Penny Downie ... Chrissie
Brenda Hall Brenda Hall ... Landlady
Marjorie Sudell Marjorie Sudell ... Lilly
Patrick Blackwell Patrick Blackwell ... Derek - Chrissie's Husband
Joely Richardson ... Young Jean Travers
Robert Hines Robert Hines ... Jim Mortimer
Katy Behean Katy Behean ... Young Marcia
Bert King Bert King ... Mr. Mortimer
Paula Tilbrook Paula Tilbrook ... Mrs. Mortimer
Christopher Fulford ... Arthur


The mysterious death of an enigmatic young man newly arrived in the suburb of Wetherby releases the long-repressed, dark passions of some of its residents.

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Drama | Mystery


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Debut theatrical feature film directed by playwright David Hare. See more »


Stanley Pilborough: When you're a boy, you think oh it's so easy... always wipe the slate and move on. Then with the years you find you've become a prisoner of dreams.
Jean Travers: The girl ran away this morning.
Stanley Pilborough: Goodluck to her.
Jean Travers: Yes. Goodluck.
Stanley Pilborough: [raising a toast] To all our escapes.
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Crazy Credits

The cast credits are divided up into groups under the following headings: The Wetherby Characters; In the Past; The School; Miss Travers' Class; The Police; and From the University of Essex. See more »

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19 February 2005 | by loydmooneySee all my reviews

Another puzzle movie where there is are ludicrously scrambled pieces. If this is all about loneliness and despair, look at how much more gripping something like The Entertainer is. There is something extremely shallow about this film: I guess if you want to make something about despair and keep it really boring, really empty, voila, then people can read about what they want the full extent of their own despair and loneliness into it.

Probably one of the reviewers here is very right: Pinter seems always lurking in the wings of any scene. Hare, however is certainly his own man, very determined fellow to lead us nowhere with some kind of minor supine surprise at the end, to let us think we have solved the Rosebud mystery of this movie: like Kane, another jigsaw puzzle of a movie.

Even Kubrick's The Killing, another scrambled movie, though hardly on this scale, would have been better told straight forwardly.

Moreover, notice the blah response of the great unwashed public to this film. This baby shot past them on quiet rails in the dead of night, because it was just too tortured for its own good.

As for a great performance by Redgrave, well, sure. The woman cannot deliver a single unbelievable line. She is one of the great great actress of all time: spooky how she disappears into every role she ever did.

The only real puzzle for me, is...you guessed it. Why did they ever bother to shoot the first reel.

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Release Date:

19 July 1985 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,283, 21 July 1985

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.78 : 1
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