A couple's marriage is complicated by the introduction of a third party.

Director:

Julian Fellowes

Writers:

Nigel Balchin (based on the novel by "A Way Through the Wood"), Julian Fellowes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Wilkinson ... James Manning
Emily Watson ... Anne Manning
Hermione Norris ... Priscilla
John Warnaby John Warnaby ... Simon
Rupert Everett ... Bill Bule
Richenda Carey ... Sarah Tufnell
Linda Bassett ... Maggie
Christine Lohr Christine Lohr ... Nurse
Alice O'Connell Alice O'Connell ... Maggie's Daughter
John Neville ... Lord Rawston
Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes ... Bill's Son Charles
Henry Drake Henry Drake ... Bill's Son Freddy
David Harewood ... Inspector Marshall
Sabine Tourtellier Sabine Tourtellier ... Receptionist
Philip Rham Philip Rham ... French Lawyer
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Storyline

A cyclist is killed, swiped by a Range Rover in a village lane. James and Anne Manning become involved because the victim is the husband of their cleaner, Maggie. James, a solicitor in the city, soon comes to suspect William Bule, a millionaire playboy who has moved back to the village. William, pressed by James, confesses to the hit and run. But the confession is clouded by Anne's admission of her affair with William. Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »
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Nigel Balchin's novel was first published in 1951, but was updated to the 21st century for this movie adaptation. See more »

Goofs

When Anne and James met out in the rain for a last goodbye it was very obvious that the rain was manufactured. The rain came down mainly where they were standing and the WAY it came down was not realistic at all. See more »

Quotes

Anne Manning: I've failed every test you've set me, but you keep setting them. why/
James Manning: I don't know.
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References ER (1994) See more »

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Double standards that are never discussed
10 June 2006 | by peter-sharpe-1See all my reviews

I wish there were more films about middle aged people. The intellectual journey and the twists and turns of life's moral highway make interesting viewing. There seems to be a different standard of judgement on women who have extra marital affairs than on men. Amy Watson's hurtful and humiliating behaviour towards her husband seems to pass without comment. Reverse the roles and one could expect a torrent of condemnation towards the man. If she found her husband boring and judgmental she could could have told him so, left and waited for a no doubt large financial settlement upon divorce. The country and London scenes are wonderfully authentic and rich while the autumnal weather adds to the melancholy background superbly. The ending is perfect, so in tune with real adult life.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 November 2005 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,341, 18 September 2005

Gross USA:

$924,260

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,452,023
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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