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The Singing Detective (1986) (Dennis Potter)

Released on 08 March 2004

Featuring: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide & Joanne Whalley

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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Slowly recovering from a terrible skin disease in a busy National Health hospital, cynical thriller writer Phillip Marlow continues to unravel the traumas of his wartime boyhood while working through the plot of his greatest detective story - with himself as a crooning '40s detective on the trail of murderous Nazi plotters. But what is real and what is imagined?

As childhood memories return - to the evocative accompaniment of hits like "It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow", "After You've Gone" and "The Teddy Bear's Picnic", the clues to his own past and the plot of his book slowly begin to slot together...
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 Life is a musical?

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Music is such an important part of some people's lives which Potter uses to invoke ancient memories from his past. This gives the songs that Potter uses, as the milestone of his memories, a deeper darker significance that the often simple songs hold in their own right. This is Potter's brilliance in pulling this off.

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ActorsMichael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, Alison Steadman, Janet Suzman, Bill Paterson, Jim Carter, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis & Ken Stott
DirectorJon Amiel
Certificate15 years and over
Year1986
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
LanguagesEnglish
Duration6 hours (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.