Gosford Park (2001) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
7.3/ 10 (48980 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated R for some language and brief sexuality

Production Company
Capitol Films [gb] - (in association with)
Chicagofilms [us] - (in association with)
Film Council [gb] - (in association with)
Medusa Produzione [it] - (in association with) (as Medusa Film)
Sandcastle 5 Productions [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(UK) - 7 November 2001
(Canada) - 26 December 2001
(USA) - 26 December 2001
(USA) - 26 December 2001
(USA) - 4 January 2002

Running Time

Tea At Four. Dinner At Eight. Murder At Midnight.

1930s, actor, adultery, american, autumn, benefactor, blackmail, butler, chamber-pot, chambermaid, class-differences, class-system, comedy-of-manners, constable, cook, country-home, country-house, cucumber, dinner, domestic-servant, driving-in-the-rain, elegance, england, ensemble-cast, ensemble-film,

Technical Support
CAM:Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
LAB:Technicolor, London, UK
MET:3759 m - (Germany)
MET:3770 m - (Finland) (2002)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak Vision Expression 500T 5284)
PCS:Super 35
PFM:35 mm - (anamorphic)
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Atterbury, John as [Merriman] <42>
  2. Balaban, Bob as [Morris Weissman] <10>
  3. Bates, Alan (I) as [Jennings] <23>
  4. Beer, Will as [Albert] <39>
  5. Bill, Leo as [Jim] <40>
  6. Bland, Alan as [Beater] <52>
  7. Champion, Peter as [Beater] <53>
  8. Cox, John (XI) as [Loader] <46>
  9. Dance, Charles (I) as [Lord Raymond Stockbridge] <5>
  10. Davies, Ken (II) as [Loader] <47>
  11. Davies, Tony (II) as [Loader] <48>
  12. Devereux, Robin as [Beater] <55>
  13. Double, Geoff as [Beater] <54>
  14. Ford, Trent as [Jeremy Blond] <14>
  15. Fountain, John (I) as [Beater] <56>
  16. Fox, Laurence (I) as [Rupert Standish] <13>
  17. Fry, Stephen (I) as [Inspector Thompson] <16>
  18. Gamble, Richard (II) as [Beater] <57>
  19. Gambon, Michael as [William McCordle] <2>
  20. Grant, Richard E. as [George] <25>
  21. Henderson-Begg, Gregor as (as Gregor Henderson Begg) [Fred] <41>
  22. Hollander, Tom as [Anthony Meredith] <7>
  23. Jacobi, Derek as [Probert] <24>
  24. Markham, Steve (I) as [Loader] <49>
  25. Northam, Jeremy as [Ivor Novello] <9>
  26. Owen, Clive (I) as [Robert Parks] <19>
  27. Phillippe, Ryan as [Henry Denton] <15>
  28. Preater, Adrian as [McCordle's Loader] <45>
  29. Puttock, Ron as [Strutt] <44>
  30. Rumsey, Brian (I) as [Beater] <58>
  31. Scarborough, Adrian as [Barnes] <29>
  32. Sherman, George (II) as [Beater] <59>
  33. Sturmey, Terry as [Loader] <50>
  34. Such, Julian as [Loader] <51>
  35. Swift, Jeremy as [Arthur] <26>
  36. Thornton, Frank (I) as [Mr. Burkett] <43>
  37. Webster, Ron (I) as [Constable Dexter] <17>
  38. Widget as [Pip the Dog] <60>
  39. Wilby, James as [Freddie Nesbitt] <11>
  40. Atkins, Eileen as [Mrs. Croft] <21>
  41. Blakley, Claudie as [Mabel Nesbitt] <12>
  42. Buckley, Emma (I) as [May] <35>
  43. Churcher, Teresa as [Bertha] <32>
  44. Cohu, Lucy as [Lottie] <36>
  45. Danks-Smith, Natalie as (uncredited) [American Actress]
  46. Flind, Sarah as [Ellen] <33>
  47. Gerrard, Tilly (I) as [Maud] <38>
  48. Harling, Laura as [Ethel] <37>
  49. Low, Frances as [Sarah] <30>
  50. Macdonald, Kelly as [Mary Maceachran] <18>
  51. Maude, Joanna as [Renee] <31>
  52. Mirren, Helen as [Mrs. Wilson] <20>
  53. Owen, Meg Wynn as [Lewis] <28>
  54. Rutherford, Camilla as [Isobel McCordle] <4>
  55. Scott Thomas, Kristin as [Sylvia McCordle] <3>
  56. Smith, Maggie (I) as [Constance Trentham] <1>
  57. Somerville, Geraldine as [Louisa Stockbridge] <6>
  58. Thompson, Sophie (I) as [Dorothy] <27>
  59. Watson, Emily (I) as [Elsie] <22>
  60. Wightman, Natasha as [Lavinia Meredith] <8>
  61. Williams, Finty as [Janet] <34>


  1. Drama
  2. Mystery

Full Plot

Set in the 1930's the story takes place in an old fashioned English country house where a family has invited many of their friends up for a weekend shooting party. The story centers around the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, William McCordle. Getting on in years William has become benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. As the weekend goes on and secrets are revealed, it seems everyone, above stairs and below, wants a piece of William and his money, but how far will they go to get it? Ashley Sir William McCordle is a wealthy but uncouth industrialist-turned-aristocrat, with a large house in the English countryside, complete with staff. It is a world where everything runs in order - both upstairs, where Sir William and his much younger wife Lady Sylvia indulge in a very comfortable existence of shooting, dinners and parties, and downstairs, where the servants work endlessly under the command of the butler Mr. Jennings, and the house keeper Mrs. Wilson. Whether they like it or not, everyone knows their place. But a shooting party will change all of that, with friends of the McCordles and their servants arriving from outside to upset the order. And so begins a complicated tale of secrets, lies, deceit, betrayal, revenge, bitterness, hatred, money and love - and that's all before the murder. Scott When William McCordle is found sitting at his desk with a knife in his chest, few people grieve. He and his wife Sylvia are hosting a weekend shooting party. There are a variety of guest including Sylvia sister and her husband, Lord and Lady Stockbridge; film star Ivor Novello and a Hollywood producer; an aunt who is dependent on McCordle for her allowance; and a variety of business associates all wanting something or other from the man. Downstairs at Gosford Park, there is a beehive of activity, but if truth be told, few among the servants will miss McCordle. Some of the women used to work for him in his factories and he was known to take advantages of his female employees. When the police announce that the victim died of poisoning and was only stabbed after he was dead, there is yet another mystery to solve. Beneath the surface, everyone in the house has secrets - but which would be a motive for murder? garykmcd Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 178,578 (Brazil) (24 March 2002) AD: 127,250 (Brazil) (17 March 2002) AD: 55,593 (Brazil) (10 March 2002) AD: 836,965 (France) (22 October 2002) AD: 752,675 (France) (14 May 2002) (136 screens) AD: 682,194 (France) (30 April 2002) (154 screens) AD: 633,639 (France) (23 April 2002) (154 screens) AD: 566,303 (France) (16 April 2002) (155 screens) AD: 456,021 (France) (9 April 2002) (150 screens) AD: 320,947 (France) (2 April 2002) (140 screens) AD: 165,185 (France) (26 March 2002) (92 screens) (opening week) AD: 467,455 (Germany) (31 December 2002) AD: 259,208 (Germany) (7 July 2002) AD: 186,910 (Germany) (30 June 2002) AD: 112,348 (Germany) (23 June 2002) AD: 55,953 (Germany) (16 June 2002) AD: 90,065 (Netherlands) (31 December 2003) AD: 88,781 (Netherlands) (31 December 2002) AD: 61,547 (Norway) (18 August 2002) AD: 59,883 (Norway) (28 July 2002) AD: 51,770 (Norway) (19 May 2002) AD: 45,523 (Norway) (28 April 2002) AD: 22,833 (Norway) (31 March 2002) AD: 1,036,606 (Spain) (10 October 2003) AD: 1,023,939 (Spain) (31 October 2002) AD: 998,940 (Spain) (10 August 2002) AD: 821,962 (Spain) (14 April 2002) AD: 782,512 (Spain) (11 April 2002) AD: 757,827 (Spain) (7 April 2002) AD: 690,662 (Spain) (4 April 2002) AD: 553,148 (Spain) (28 March 2002) AD: 195,326 (Spain) (14 March 2002) BT: USD 19,800,000 CP: © 2001 Film Council, Zestwick Limited and Sandcastle 5 Productions, Inc. (on print) GR: USD 41,308,615 (USA) (6 June 2002) GR: USD 41,300,105 (USA) (2 June 2002) GR: USD 41,274,328 (USA) (27 May 2002) GR: USD 41,192,760 (USA) (19 May 2002) GR: USD 41,102,012 (USA) (12 May 2002) GR: USD 41,023,207 (USA) (5 May 2002) GR: USD 40,912,994 (USA) (28 April 2002) GR: USD 40,713,590 (USA) (21 April 2002) GR: USD 40,471,000 (USA) (14 April 2002) GR: USD 40,124,209 (USA) (7 April 2002) GR: USD 39,343,053 (USA) (31 March 2002) GR: USD 37,756,788 (USA) (24 March 2002) GR: USD 35,531,979 (USA) (17 March 2002) GR: USD 33,387,034 (USA) (10 March 2002) GR: USD 31,001,877 (USA) (3 March 2002) GR: USD 28,423,398 (USA) (24 February 2002) GR: USD 25,767,044 (USA) (17 February 2002) GR: USD 22,020,111 (USA) (10 February 2002) GR: USD 19,288,263 (USA) (3 February 2002) GR: USD 15,980,889 (USA) (27 January 2002) GR: USD 12,151,491 (USA) (20 January 2002) GR: USD 6,641,077 (USA) (13 January 2002) GR: USD 2,193,544 (USA) (6 January 2002) GR: USD 524,385 (USA) (30 December 2001) GR: GBP 11,828,088 (UK) (21 April 2002) GR: GBP 11,218,557 (UK) (7 April 2002) GR: GBP 10,611,552 (UK) (31 March 2002) GR: GBP 9,852,538 (UK) (24 March 2002) GR: GBP 8,990,194 (UK) (17 March 2002) GR: GBP 7,935,443 (UK) (10 March 2002) GR: GBP 6,735,730 (UK) (3 March 2002) GR: GBP 5,404,193 (UK) (24 February 2002) GR: GBP 4,018,197 (UK) (17 February 2002) GR: GBP 2,480,506 (UK) (10 February 2002) GR: GBP 837,169 (UK) (3 February 2002) GR: USD 87,754,044 (Worldwide) (6 June 2002) GR: USD 46,445,429 (Worldwide) (2001) (except USA) GR: USD 87,745,500 (Worldwide) (2001) GR: USD 4,352,218 (France) (22 October 2002) GR: USD 3,913,910 (France) (14 May 2002) GR: EUR 2,740,463 (Germany) (31 December 2002) GR: EUR 3,742,679 (Italy) (30 November 2002) GR: EUR 3,680,637 (Italy) (28 July 2002) GR: EUR 3,454,653 (Italy) (28 April 2002) GR: USD 45,957 (Russia) (4 August 2002) GR: EUR 4,808,369 (Spain) (10 October 2003) GR: EUR 4,752,122 (Spain) (31 October 2002) GR: EUR 4,664,305 (Spain) (10 August 2002) GR: EUR 3851000 (Spain) (14 April 2002) GR: EUR 3551000 (Spain) (7 April 2002) GR: EUR 3015000 (Spain) (31 March 2002) GR: EUR 1767000 (Spain) (24 March 2002) GR: EUR 1440000 (Spain) (17 March 2002) GR: EUR 635,120 (Spain) (10 March 2002) OW: USD 3,395,759 (USA) (18 January 2002) (658 screens) OW: USD 395,162 (USA) (30 December 2001) (9 screens) OW: GBP 837,169 (UK) (3 February 2002) (156 screens) OW: EUR 635,120 (Spain) (10 March 2002) (109 screens) WG: USD 13,411 (USA) (2 June 2002) (34 screens) WG: USD 46,619 (USA) (27 May 2002) (58 screens) WG: USD 67,905 (USA) (19 May 2002) (132 screens) WG: USD 54,176 (USA) (12 May 2002) (68 screens) WG: USD 61,092 (USA) (5 May 2002) (85 screens) WG: USD 137,055 (USA) (28 April 2002) (120 screens) WG: USD 159,395 (USA) (21 April 2002) (126 screens) WG: USD 219,811 (USA) (14 April 2002) (180 screens) WG: USD 437,581 (USA) (7 April 2002) (263 screens) WG: USD 898,944 (USA) (31 March 2002) (545 screens) WG: USD 1,598,355 (USA) (24 March 2002) (843 screens) WG: USD 1,450,159 (USA) (17 March 2002) (856 screens) WG: USD 1,688,318 (USA) (10 March 2002) (918 screens) WG: USD 1,907,299 (USA) (3 March 2002) (915 screens) WG: USD 2,014,025 (USA) (24 February 2002) (821 screens) WG: USD 2,836,347 (USA) (17 February 2002) (837 screens) WG: USD 1,891,252 (USA) (10 February 2002) (836 screens) WG: USD 2,362,403 (USA) (3 February 2002) (800 screens) WG: USD 2,782,555 (USA) (27 January 2002) (756 screens) WG: USD 4,151,226 (USA) (20 January 2002) (658 screens) WG: USD 3,684,621 (USA) (13 January 2002) (518 screens) WG: USD 1,567,041 (USA) (6 January 2002) (131 screens) WG: USD 395,162 (USA) (30 December 2001) (9 screens) WG: GBP 110,354 (UK) (21 April 2002) (142 screens) WG: GBP 237,094 (UK) (7 April 2002) (208 screens) WG: GBP 368,825 (UK) (31 March 2002) (210 screens) WG: GBP 423,587 (UK) (24 March 2002) (220 screens) WG: GBP 574,088 (UK) (17 March 2002) (230 screens) WG: GBP 630,268 (UK) (10 March 2002) (224 screens) WG: GBP 714,175 (UK) (3 March 2002) (223 screens) WG: GBP 703,649 (UK) (24 February 2002) (202 screens) WG: GBP 742,814 (UK) (17 February 2002) (182 screens) WG: GBP 908,826 (UK) (10 February 2002) (166 screens) WG: GBP 837,169 (UK) (3 February 2002) (156 screens) WG: EUR 11,415 (Italy) (28 July 2002) (12 screens) WG: EUR 37,967 (Italy) (28 April 2002) (14 screens) WG: EUR 498,976 (Italy) (31 March 2002) WG: EUR 888,001 (Italy) (17 March 2002) WG: EUR 194,350 (Spain) (14 April 2002) (78 screens) WG: EUR 331,360 (Spain) (7 April 2002) (102 screens) WG: EUR 447,930 (Spain) (31 March 2002) (115 screens) WG: EUR 432,560 (Spain) (24 March 2002) (115 screens) WG: EUR 542,960 (Spain) (17 March 2002) (109 screens) WG: EUR 635,120 (Spain) (10 March 2002) (109 screens)

Movie Certificate

L (Iceland)
15 (South Korea)
R (USA)(certificate #38606)
TV-MA (USA)(TV rating)
TE (Chile)
16 (Argentina)
14 (Brazil)
14A (Canada)
K-11 (Finland)
U (France)
12 (Germany)
IIA (Hong Kong)
AL (Netherlands)
11 (Norway)
14 (Peru)
M/12 (Portugal)
NC-16 (Singapore)
7 (Spain)
7 (Sweden)
12 (Switzerland)(canton of Geneva)
12 (Switzerland)(canton of Vaud)
14 (Switzerland)(canton of the Grisons)
15 (UK)
M (Australia)

Music Composers

  1. Doyle, Patrick (I)


  1. Dunn, Andrew (I) (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Beavan, Jenny


A-Film Distribution [nl] - (2002) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
A-Film Home Entertainment [nl] - (2002) (Netherlands) (VHS)
A-Film Home Entertainment [nl] - (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Aquarius TV [gr] - (2010) (Greece) (TV)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (2002) (Argentina) (DVD)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (2002) (Argentina) (VHS)
Capitol Films [gb] - (non-USA)
Distribution Company [ar] - (2002) (Argentina) (theatrical)
Entertainment Film Distributors [gb]
Golden Scene [hk] - (2002) (Hong Kong) (theatrical)
Hollydan Works [cshh] - (2003) (Serbia and Montenegro) (DVD)
Laurenfilm [es] - (Spain)
Mars Distribution [fr]
Medusa Distribuzione [it]
Monopole-Pathé [ch] - (2002) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
PlayArte Home Vídeo [br] - (2002) (Brazil) (DVD)
Prorom Media-Trade [de] - (2002) (Romania) (all media)
Scanbox Entertainment [fi] - (2002) (Finland) (all media)
Scanbox Entertainment [se] - (2003) (Sweden) (DVD)
Triangelfilm [se] - (2002) (Sweden) (theatrical)
USA Films [us] - (USA)
United International Pictures (UIP) [de] - (Germany)
United International Pictures [jp] - (Far East)
Universal Pictures [de] - (2003) (Germany) (DVD)
Universal Studios [us] - (200?) (USA) (TV)

Film Editors

  1. Squyres, Tim


  1. Allen, Vicki (I) (additional floor runner)
  2. Arthur, Wren (representative: Sandcastle 5 Productions)
  3. August, Simon (I) (location assistant)
  4. Barnett, Celia (researcher)
  5. Barr, Patricia (unit nurse)
  6. Bell, Robin (II) (stills processing: Visions)
  7. Boag, Steve (titles and opticals)
  8. Bodycomb, Charles (armorer: Perdix Firearms) (as Charlie Bodycombe)
  9. Brodie, Debbie (home economist)
  10. Bullard, Martin (I) (titles and opticals)
  11. Bunce, Mark (caterer: Chorley Bunce Meals on a Mission)
  12. Butler, Richards (legal services: UK)
  13. Chapman, Caroline (I) (floor runner)
  14. Chorley, Dave (I) (caterer: Chorley Bunce Meals on a Mission)
  15. Chu, May (I) (assistant to director)
  16. Churcher, Mel (acting coach) (uncredited)
  17. Churchfield, Phil (caterer: Chorley Bunce Meals on a Mission)
  18. Clyde, Gillian (business affairs: Film Council's Premiere Fund)
  19. Cuomo, Tony (security)
  20. Curtis, Jason (IV) (health and safety advisor)
  21. Dent, Steve (I) (horse handler)
  22. Eyles, Penny (script supervisor)
  23. Farrant, Rebecca (work experience)
  24. Field, Joan (stand-in)
  25. Green, Terry (XIII) (security)
  26. Hall, Simon (VIII) (legal services: UK)
  27. Harker, Michael J. (completion bond representative) (uncredited)
  28. Helman, Darren (location assistant) (uncredited)
  29. Holden, Vince (I) (production finance: Film Council's Premiere Fund)
  30. Inch, Arthur (technical advisor: butler)
  31. Kalindjian, Claudia (unit publicist)
  32. Keith, Anya (assistant production coordinator)
  33. Klockner, Chris (runner) (uncredited)
  34. Liddle, Violet (technical advisor: parlour maid)
  35. Messer, Gary (stand-in)
  36. Miller, Zoie (trainee accounts assistant)
  37. Morgan, Lew (security)
  38. Morris, Luke (II) (production executive: Film Council's Premiere Fund)
  39. Mott, Ruth (technical advisor: cook)
  40. Murray, Julian (second assistant accountant)
  41. Nicol, Ruth (construction nurse)
  42. Norman Brock, Brock (production executive: Film Council's Premiere Fund)
  43. Northam, Christopher (piano tutor)
  44. O'Shea, Kevin (IV) (insurance services: AON Albert G Ruben)
  45. O'Sullivan, Jackie (I) (business affairs: Film Council's Premiere Fund)
  46. Oliver, David (VI) (stand-in)
  47. Pascoe, Ray (projectionist: rushes theatre)
  48. Paul, Ned (bridge tutor)
  49. Pollitt, Samar (additional floor runner)
  50. Puttock, Ron (technical advisor: pheasant shoot)
  51. Quinn, Sue (I) (location manager)
  52. Rakison, Ben (production runner)
  53. Randolph, Luke (completion guaranty provider: International Film Guarantors)
  54. Raven, Kay (dog handler: Animals O Kay)
  55. Reid, Scott (I) (security)
  56. Robertson, Claire (I) (first assistant accountant)
  57. Sabbagh, Bella (stand-in)
  58. Samuel, Rowley (work experience)
  59. Sheanshang, George (legal services: USA)
  60. Shigo, Allison (representative: Chicagofilms)
  61. Slattery-Christy, David (I) (consultant: Ivor Novello)
  62. Smith, Barry (VI) (legal services: UK)
  63. Spearman, Kelly (production runner) (uncredited)
  64. Stewart, Gina (IV) (assistant home economist)
  65. Symonds, Matthew (titles and opticals)
  66. Tavendale, Hamish (location assistant)
  67. Thompson, Alistair (production accountant)
  68. Tidy, Katherine (assistant home economist)
  69. Tyne, Brett (assistant to producer)
  70. Wade, Clare (floor runner) (as Clare 'Woody' Wade)
  71. Walker, Kevin (X) (billiards tutor)
  72. Watson, Andy (I) (health and safety advisor)
  73. Wilson Dickson, Julia (dialogue coach) (as Julia Wilson-Dixon)
  74. Wishart, Winnie (production coordinator)


Mrs. Wilson: I'm the perfect servant; I have no life. Lady Sylvia McCordle: Where's that wretched Mabel. Constance, Countess of Trentham: Has anyone checked her outfit? She's probably in black velvet with a feather in her hair. Lavinia Meredith: She's in the morning room looking perfectly normal. Don't be such a snob aunt Constance. Constance, Countess of Trentham: Me? I haven't a snobish bone in my body. Constance: Mary, I don't think I'll wear that shirt after all. The other one's warmer, that's all I care about. Constance: Do you think he'll be as long as he usually is? Lady Sylvia McCordle: Mrs Wilson, a major crisis has arisen. I've just found out that Mr Weissman won't eat meat and I don't know what to do and I can't ask Mrs Croft. I simply don't dare. Mrs. Wilson: Oh, everything's under control your ladyship. Mr Weissman's valet informed us as soon as he arrived so we've prepared a special version of the soup, he can eat the fish and the hors d'oeuvres, there'll be a welsh rarebit for the game course, I'm not sure what we're going to do about the entree but we'll think of something. Lady Sylvia McCordle: Thank you Mrs Wilson. Ten steps ahead as always. Which one of you is Mr Weissman's valet? Henry Denton: I am, your Ladyship. Lady Sylvia McCordle: Are you indeed. Yes. Well. Thank you for your... [pause while she takes a good look at him] Lady Sylvia McCordle: efficiency. [leaves] George (First Footman): [to Denton] You're all set then. Constance: Awfully long repertoire. Constance: Seems much more than just background music. Barnes: Short arse. Constance: Has anyone checked her outfit? She's probably in black velvet with a feather in her hair. Constance: They're rather a mixed bunch. That Mr. Weissman's very odd. Apparently, he produces motion pictures. The Charlie Chan Mysteries. Or does he direct them? I never know the difference. Mary! I suppose it's fun having a film star staying but there's always so little to talk about after the first flush of recognition. And why has Freddy Nesbitt brought that awful common little wife of his? Isabel only asked him because another gun dropped out; that's no excuse to inflict her on us all. Mary... Tomorrow, I'll have breakfast in bed, and then get straight up into the tweeds. What shirt have you brought? Mary Maceachran: The green with the pink stripe. Constance: Oh no dear, no. No, that's quite wrong. Always something very plain for country sports - the one I wore today will do. Mary Maceachran: But it's soiled. Constance: Well you can wash it, can't you? Constance: Tell me, how much longer are you going to go on making films? Ivor Novello: I suppose that rather depends on how much longer the public want to see me in them. Constance: It must be hard to know when it's time to throw in the towel... What a pity about that last one of yours... what was it called? "The Dodger"? Ivor Novello: The Lodger. Constance: The Lodger. It must be so disappointing when something just *flops* like that. Mary Maceachran: Nobody can stab a corpse and not know it. Robert Parks: Really? When was the last time you stabbed a corpse? [last lines] Constance: Could you imagine someone being hanged because of something I said. Mary Maceachran: I know. And what purpose could it possibly serve? [at the banquet dinner table] Sir William McCordle: And why shouldn't I be interested in films? You don't know what I'm interested in. Lady Sylvia McCordle: Well, I know you're interested in money and fiddling with your guns. But I admit it: when it comes to anything else, I'm stumped. Elsie (Head Housemaid): Now, that is not fair, Bill is... [Realizing that she spoke out of turn, Elsie quickly leaves the room] [Morris Weissman is asked about his upcoming movie project] Lady Sylvia McCordle: Mr Weissman. Morris Weissman: Yes? Lady Sylvia McCordle: Tell us about the film you're going to make. Morris Weissman: Oh, sure. It's called "Charlie Chan In London". It's a detective story. Mabel Nesbitt: Set in London? Morris Weissman: Well, not really. Most of it takes place at a shooting party in a country house. Sort of like this one, actually. Murder in the middle of the night, a lot of guests for the weekend, everyone's a suspect. You know, that sort of thing. Constance: How horrid. And who turns out to have done it? Morris Weissman: Oh, I couldn't tell you that. It would spoil it for you. Constance: Oh, but none of us will see it. Henry Denton: You Brits really don't have a sense of humor do you? Elsie (Head Housemaid): We do if something's funny, sir. Constance: Tell me, what happened to William's little maid? I never saw her again after that dinner. Mary Maceachran: Elsie? Constance: Hmm. Mary Maceachran: She's gone. Constance: Aw, it's a pity, really. I thought it was a good idea to have someone in the house who is actually sorry he's dead. Mrs. Croft: He's very full of himself, I must say. Doesn't eat meat. He's coming to a shooting party and he doesn't eat meat. Mrs. Wilson: Now now Mrs Croft. We don't want to be thought unsophisticated do we? Mr Weissman's an American. They do things differently there. [On the phone, discussing casting for his movie] Morris Weissman: What about Claudette Colbert? She's British, isn't she? She sounds British. Is she, like, affected or is she British? Henry Denton: I have a date with a hot glass of milk. George (First Footman): I'm desperate for a fag. [repeated line] Inspector Thompson: I'm Inspector Thom... Lord Stockbridge: [to Commander Meredith] When a man's as short as you are, it must be difficult to gauge the height of the birds. Robert Parks: What's your name? Mary Maceachran: I think here I'm called Trentham. Robert Parks: [laughs] No, I meant your real name. Mary Maceachran: Oh. Mary. Mary Maceachran. Robert Parks: Blimey. What does Her Ladyship call you? Mary Maceachran: Well, she should call me Maceachran now I'm a lady's maid. At least that's what my mother says. But Her Ladyship can't pronounce it, so she just calls me Mary. Robert Parks: I don't blame her. Mary Maceachran: Mr. Parks... Robert Parks: Robert. Mary Maceachran: Robert. When you said you'd surprise me, you didn't mean anything by it, did you? Robert Parks: Why? Don't you like surprises? Raymond Stockbridge: Do stop snivelling - anyone would think you were Italian. [talking about Lady Sylvia] Mary Maceachran: What was her family like? Elsie: What you'd expect: toffee-nosed and useless. Her father was the Earl of Carton, which sounds good except he didn't have a pot to piss in. Elsie: Why do we spend our time living through them? Look at poor old Lewis. If her own mother had a heart attack, she'd think it was less important than one of Lady Sylvia's farts. Dorothy: I believe in love. Not just getting it, but giving it. I think that if you're able to love someone, even if they don't know it, even if they can't love you back, then it's worth it. Lavinia Meredith: It makes you sound desperate. Anthony Meredith: Well, I AM fucking desperate. Lavinia Meredith: I don't care what's changed or not changed as long as our sons are spared what you all went through. Lady Sylvia McCordle: Not all. You never fought, did you, William? Sir William McCordle: I did my bit. Louisa Stockbridge: Of course you did. Lady Sylvia McCordle: Well, you made a lot of money but it's not quite the same as charging into the cannon's mouth, is it? Constance: Bought marmalade? Oh dear, I call that very feeble. Raymond Stockbridge: Well, I think it's ridiculous. I'm here to shoot. Louisa Stockbridge: Darling, it's a relief for me to sit next someone who isn't deaf in one ear. Raymond Stockbridge: I'm sorry? Mary Maceachran: Her Ladyship says Sir William loves his shooting. Elsie: Yeah, he does. Can't hit a barn door but he does love it. Sweet, really. [everyone starts clapping after Ivor has finished a song] Constance: Please, don't encourage him Morris Weissman: How do you manage to put up with these people? Ivor Novello: Well, you forget, I make my living impersonating them. Lady Sylvia McCordle: What *are* you wearing? Isobel McCordle: Don't you like it? You bought it. Lady Sylvia McCordle: Did I? How extraordinary of me. [Many years ago, Sylvia and Louisa cut cards to decide which of them would marry Sir William. Louisa lost] Constance: Anyone care for a game of bridge after dinner? Louisa, how about you? Louisa Stockbridge: Oh, I don't think so. I've rather gone off cards. I've never been very lucky with them. Sir William McCordle: Me too. Morris Weissman: You're providing a lot of entertainment for nothing. Ivor Novello: Morris... I'm used to it. Morris Weissman: [after Jennings suggests Mr. Weissman choose his own breakfast items] Oh, like cafeteria style? Baron Raymond Stockbridge: The Englishman is never waited on at breakfast. Morris Weissman: Well, that's interesting, because an American is. I'll make a note of that. Morris Weissman: Thank you, Mr. Jennings. Mr. Jennings: It's just Jennings, sir. Morris Weissman: Then thank you, just Jennings. Lady Sylvia McCordle: Mrs Wilson, absolute crisis. I've just found out that Mr Weissman won't eat meat. I don't know what to do and I can't ask Mrs Croft. I simply don't dare. Mrs. Wilson: Everything's under control your ladyship. Mr Weissman's valet informed us as soon as he after he arrived so we've prepared a special version of the soup, he can eat the fish and the hors d'oeuvres, there'll be a welsh rarebit for the game course, I'm not sure what we're going to do about the entree but we'll think of something. Lady Sylvia McCordle: Thank you Mrs Wilson. Ten steps ahead as always. Which one of you is Mr Weissman's valet? Henry Denton: I am, your Ladyship. Lady Sylvia McCordle: Are you indeed. Yes. Well. Thank you for your... [pause while she takes a good look at him] Lady Sylvia McCordle: efficiency. [leaves] George (First Footman): [to Denton] You're all set then. Mary Maceachran: What do I do with her Ladyship's jewels? Elsie (Head Housemaid): This way. George is in charge of the safe, he's the first footman and you want to watch where he puts his hands. Elsie (Head Housemaid): God, look at this, machine made lace. Barnes: Hark at her! Elsie (Head Housemaid): I hate cheap clothes. They're twice the work and they never look as good. Constance: Mabel is so clever to pack light. Why should one wear a different frock each evening, we're not in a fashion parade. Mary Maceachran: Where's Mrs Croft? George (First Footman): Always eats with her own staff. Mary Maceachran: Does she take her pudding to Mrs Wilson's room? Our cook does that. George (First Footman): Fat chance, they hate each other. Robert Parks: Can't a man hate his own father? Robert Parks: [has just kissed Mary, long pause] Ooh. I've been wanting to do that ever since I first set eyes on you. George (First Footman): You naughty, naughty girl. George (First Footman): What's the matter with you? Albert: I just thought *I'd* be dressing Mr Novello. George (First Footman): And now you won't get to see him in his underdraws. Better luck next time. Robert Parks: Here we go again. Mary Maceachran: That's just it. I've never done a real houseparty before. Not properly anyway. Elsie (Head Housemaid): How come you got taken on as a countess lady's maid if you've got no experience? Mary Maceachran: She wants to train me. She said she didn't care about experience. Elsie (Head Housemaid): She didn't want to pay for it, you mean. [on Sir William's death] Ethel: Why would anyone want to kill Sir William? Mrs. Croft: Well, he wasn't exactly Father Christmas. Constance, Countess of Trentham: He's still got that vile little dog, I see. Lady Sylvia McCordle: Yes, the ones we hate last forever. Mrs. Croft: He was a hard-hearted randy old sod. Robert Parks: My name is Parks... Robert Parks. Constance, Countess of Trentham: Difficult colour... green. Mr. Jennings: Mr. Meredith. Barnes: Hmm? Mr. Jennings: You haven't seen Commander Meredith anywhere, have you? Barnes: No. Mr. Jennings: He never came downstairs and he's not in his room. Barnes: Mr. Jennings, I've washed him and dressed him. If he can't find his way to the drawing room, it isn't my fault. Arthur: George has had his revenge on Mr. Denton- hot coffee in the lap. Baron Raymond Stockbridge: Do you really have to go back to London? Anthony Meredith: I am afraid so, Raymond. When you're ruined, there's so much to do. Sir William McCordle: Yes, there is, isn't there? Moan, moan, moan. Probert: I'll murder that dog one day. Look at that. All over his waistcoat. Mary Maceachran: What's Lord Stockbridge like? Robert Parks: He thinks he's God Almighty. They all do. Lady Sylvia McCordle: Far be it from me to contradict Louisa. Isobel McCordle: Is Rupert here? Lady Sylvia McCordle: Yes. Isobel McCordle: Shall I go and say hello? Lady Sylvia McCordle: No. I don't think so. Jeremy Blond: Face it. You're a younger son with the taste of marquess and the income of a vicar. Inspector Thompson: Well, you see, this is why we have rules and regulations, isn't it? Lady Sylvia McCordle: Please tell me you haven't come with condolences. Constance, Countess of Trentham: Are any of the others getting up for breakfast? The women, I mean. Mary Maceachran: I think Lady Lavinia may be. Constance, Countess of Trentham: That settles it. Come back at half past eight. I'll get dressed. It's the greatest bore, of course, but I don't want to miss anything. Henry Denton: Who is it? Lottie: Oh, I'm ever so sorry, sir. Henry Denton: Sorry for what? Lottie: I'm supposed to get the fire lit without waking you. Henry Denton: Why does everyone treat me as if I were one of these stupid snobs? I spent half the week downstairs with all of you. Lottie: You can't be on both teams at once, sir. Bertha: I can't stop thinkin' about those girls. The ones that got, you know... Mrs. Croft: Well, I'm not surprised, the way you carry on. Just see it never happens to you, that's all. Mary Maceachran: Don't do anything I wouldn't do. Elsie (Head Housemaid): At least I know that gives me room for manoeuvre. Elsie (Head Housemaid): George? George (First Footman): They're coming in a minute. The dressing bell's just gone. Elsie (Head Housemaid): I'm going out of my mind up there. I've read all my magazines twice. You couldn't pinch something out of the library for me? I don't care if it's Horse and Hound, as long as I haven't read it. Lewis: You should know to pack your woollies when you come to this house. Louisa Stockbridge: I didn't expect anything half as exotic. Arthur: Something funny about that bloke. George (First Footman): His accent for a start. Constance, Countess of Trentham: If there's one thing I don't look for in a maid, it's discretion. Except with my own secrets, of course. Lady Sylvia McCordle: Oh, don't worry about him. He's just an American staying with us. Constable Dexter: Sir, someone's traipsed a load of mud in down here. Inspector Thompson: Not now, Dexter, please. Constable Dexter: Inspector, there's a broken coffee cup down here. Inspector Thompson: Dexter, they have people to clear these things up. You get on with your own job. Maid: Do you think he's the murderer? Robert Parks: It's worse than that - he's an actor! Mary Maceachran: They said Sir William was planning to cut Lady Sylvia out of his will in favour of Miss Isobel. Constance, Countess of Trentham: That's nothing. In the new will, Sir William left Lady Stockbridge 100,000 pounds. Sylvia thinks it's a huge joke, especially since she won't have to pay it. Constance, Countess of Trentham: The time to make up your mind about people is never. Constance, Countess of Trentham: So what's the gossip in the servant's quarters? Mary Maceachran: Um, nothing my lady. Constance, Countess of Trentham: Nonsense. Come on, out with it. Mary Maceachran: Well, is it true that Sir William could have married Lady Stockbridge if he'd wanted to? Constance, Countess of Trentham: Is that what they're saying? Mary Maceachran: Only that Lord Carton was after Sir William for one of them but he didn't care which. Constance, Countess of Trentham: What would you say if I told you, they cut cards for him. [after maintaining her iron reserve throughout the whole film, Mrs. Wilson goes to her room and closes the door. A few minutes later, Mrs. Crofts goes in and finds her collapsed on her bed, sobbing uncontrollably] Mrs. Croft: Don't cry, Jane. They'll hear you. [Mrs. Wilson can't stop crying] Mrs. Croft: Come on. You did what you thought was best for him at the time. I see that now. Mrs. Wilson: Lizzie... I've lost him, Lizzie. I've lost him, he'll never know me. My boy... [sobs] Mrs. Wilson: Oh, my boy! Mrs. Croft: [putting a hand on her shoulder] At least your boy is alive. He's alive. That's what matters. [Mrs. Wilson touches her sister's face, and hugs her, crying softly] [Constance's car is pulled over to the side of the road] Morris Weissman: Hello? Is everything all right? Are you ok? Constance, Countess of Trentham: Am I *what*? Mary Maceachran: What will Lady Sylvia do now? Lewis: If I were her, I'd set up in London as a glamorous widow with all the gentlemen chasin' me for my money! Mrs. Wilson: What gift do you think a good servant has that separates them from the others? Its the gift of anticipation. And I'm a good servant; I'm better than good, I'm the best; I'm the perfect servant. I know when they'll be hungry, and the food is ready. I know when they'll be tired, and the bed is turned down. I know it before they know it themselves. Lady Sylvia McCordle: Did you have an dreadful journey? Constance, Countess of Trentham: Yes, simply dreadful.

Other Titles

  1. Gosford Park (2001) (ENG)

  2. Gosford Park (2001) (ENG)

  3. Gosford Park (2001) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Ston Easton Park, Somerset, England, UK - (servants' quarters)
  2. Hall Barn, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England, UK - (Lady Trentham's home / lunch after the hunt scene)
  3. Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK - (studio)
  4. Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, England, UK
  5. Wrotham Park, Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, UK


- During group scenes, director 'Robert Altman (I)' (qv) had two cameras going at all times, moving about (out of each other's shot, of course). His intention was to prevent the actors from acting to the camera but instead to play the scene more naturalistically.

- When 'Jeremy Northam' (qv)'s character plays the piano, it is actually his brother Christopher who is playing. Christopher Northam is a classically trained pianist.

- DIRTRADE('Robert Altman (I)' (qv)): [dialogue overlap]: Rather than just use a typical boom mike to pick up dialogue, Altman had all the actors wear portable microphones to assist in creating overlapping dialogue. A technique he first developed during _A Wedding (1978)_ (qv) and has used several times since.

- The jewelry worn by the upstairs ladies in the film was all authentic and had to be escorted in by armed guards each day.

- The camera is always moving (if only slightly) in every shot of the film as requested by director 'Robert Altman (I)' (qv).

- 'Eileen Atkins' (qv), who plays Mrs Croft the cook, was co-creator (with actress 'Jean Marsh' (qv)) of the classic British drama series _"Upstairs, Downstairs" (1971)_ (qv). The movie also