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Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1980 (2009)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 11 November 2009
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A team of investigators attempt to stop a serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper from claiming his next victim, but uncover something far more terrifying.

Director:

James Marsh

Writers:

Tony Grisoni (screenplay), David Peace (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Clarke ... Bill Molloy
Paddy Considine ... Peter Hunter
James Fox ... Philip Evans
David Calder ... Sir John Marsden
Nicholas Woodeson ... Michael Warren
Ron Cook ... Clement Smith
Maxine Peake ... Helen Marshall
Tony Pitts ... John Nolan
Jim Carter ... Harold Angus
David Morrissey ... Maurice Jobson
Eddie Marsan ... Jack Whitehead
Sean Harris ... Bob Craven
Tony Mooney Tony Mooney ... Tommy Douglas
Shaun Dooley ... Dick Alderman
Kenneth Oxtoby Kenneth Oxtoby ... Hotel Receptionist (as Ken Oxtoby)
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With a serial killer claiming victim 13 and rumors of corruption in their force, the West Yorkshire cops are told to cooperate with a team from outside - Peter Hunter and two hand-picked associates. Hunter gets little help but plunges ahead, discovering that one of the 13 victims may have a different killer. This part of the investigation leads to late-night calls, another murder, and bureaucratic moves to push Hunter aside: he may be getting close, not to the serial killer but to bad apples in the force. Christmas approaches. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Maxine Peake was cast when two previous choices dropped out. See more »

Goofs

When Hunter goes to visit Laws the door and windows are clearly made of UPVC which was not available in 1980. See more »

Quotes

Peter Hunter: You don't like the police much, do you?
Martin Laws: No love lost, no.
Peter Hunter: So when someone kicks down your front door, kills the dog and rapes the wife, who you gonna call?
Martin Laws: Well it certainly wouldn't be the West Yorkshire Police - they'd already *be* in there, wouldn't they!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Russell Brand/Chris Brown (2011) See more »

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Decent Film, Good Backdrop
25 March 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A team of investigators attempt to stop a serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper from claiming his next victim, but uncover something far more terrifying.

I really appreciate this story being set in the time of the Yorkshire Ripper. That gives me something familiar, but not something overdone. And although the focus seems to be on a team of detectives trying to track the Ripper, this is more or less just a jumping off point, because it never seems like the story is heading towards a resolution at a quick pace.

(In real life, West Yorkshire Police were criticised for the time they took in apprehending the real killer, despite interviewing him nine times during the murder hunt. Owing to the sensational nature of the case, they were having to handle an exceptional volume of information, some of it misleading, including a hoax recorded message and letters purporting to be from the "Ripper". So the pace is not inaccurate.) This is a good film, but somehow never seems to reach the level of part one. This may be my bias, though, as I prefer journalists over detectives... but even the feel is off. It seems like James marsh was going in and out of documentary mode, while the previous film just wanted to tell a good story.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2009 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,526, 7 February 2010

Gross USA:

$148,826
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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