I Watched It on Netflix: David Mamet’s THE WINSLOW BOY

Backstory: The Winslow Boy was originally a 1946 stage play by  Sir Terence Rattigan (reportedly based on a real life court case ) and was initially made into a film in 1948 by British director Anthony Asquith (the screenplay was co-written by Rattigan.)  David Mamet, best known for edgy, expletive-splattered contemporary dramas such as Glengarry Glen Ross showed with this 1999 adaptation that he could film a period drama with G-rated dialogue without compromising his artistic integrity.

Reel Story:  Upper crust banker Arthur Winslow (Nigel Hawthorne) is outraged when he learns his 13 year old son Ronnie (Guy Edwards) has been booted out of an elite military academy for theft. When the boy insists he is innocent of the charge, Winslow vows to seek justice and restore the family’s good name.

The Winslow Boy - 1999 version
The Winslow Boy – 1999 version

How It Plays: Although it is set in turn- of- the- 20th century- England the complex issues Mamet tackles in the film, things like honor, responsibility and  gender conflict, are still very relevant in our new millennium.  His elegant direction and wonderfully literate screenplay, combined with finely tuned performances from the entire cast, make this one a tasty choice for gourmet film buffs.

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