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Alibi (2003)

Michael Kitchen , Sophie Okonedo , David Richards  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Kitchen, Sophie Okonedo, Phyllis Logan, Simon Hyde, Paul Thornley
  • Directors: David Richards
  • Writers: Paul Abbott
  • Producers: Clare Birks, David Mason, Eileen Quinn, Judith Hackett
  • Format: Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009H97IU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alibi" on IMDb

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In this dense psychological thriller by acclaimed writer Paul Abbott (Cracker, Touching Evil), an upper-class man and a catering waitress are brought together over a corpse. Not knowing what else to do, they dispose of the body. As events unfold, seeds of mistrust spread until they threaten to destroy everyone in their reach. Caught in their relentless advance are two unlikely characters, portrayed by critically acclaimed actor Michael Kitchen and Academy Award® nominee Sophie Okonedo.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another example of strong Brit tv April 7, 2005
This is another captivating job of writing by Paul Abbott ('State of Play', 'Shameless'), and although it may strain our credulity a bit, the strong performances by Michael Kitchen, Sophie Okonedo and Phyllis Logan bring this piece up to a standard not reached by most US films in wide release.

From what I've seen of Abbott's pieces, he can really write and he has heart. Kitchen's role in this is certainly not as commanding as that of his loveable Foyle, - Sophie Okonedo really has the lead in this, and she's amazing. I don't agree with the other reviewer here, and wasn't interested in quibbling mystery/horror fare - it's not a mystery at all, it's a character study. And although the eventual ending might be a tad anticlimactic, every moment getting there, watching actors of this caliber get shuffled about in Abbott's twists and turns, was just delightful. Let's get all of Abbott's work out on dvd here in the States, what do you say?
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sophie O. before HOTEL RWANDA May 12, 2005
If you were impressed by Sophie Okonedo in 2004's HOTEL RWANDA, in which she played the wife of the beleaguered hotel manager, a role for which she received an Oscar nomination, then do yourself a favor and view ALIBI.

Here, in this movie made for the British telly, Sophie plays Marcey Burgess, whose regular 9 to 5 is as a benefits claims verifier. She also works a part time gig as a waitress for a catering company. In the latter capacity, she's present at the surprise birthday bash thrown by Greg Brentwood (Michael Kitchen) for his wife Linda (Phyllis Logan) at their country house. During the festivities, from her vantage point in the kitchen, she observes Greg's business partner, Martin Shaps (Tom Knight), engage in a bit of surreptitious touchy-feely with Linda. The two are evidently more than just friends. Later, on the way back to the city with the rest of the catering crew, Marcey discovers that she's left her purse back at the Brentwood house. She returns at 2:00 AM to discover the place pretty much deserted except for Greg bent over Martin's dead body. Terrified, Burgess locks herself in a bathroom, and listens through the door as Greg explains the situation; Martin's death was an accident. And Linda had left earlier to spend the night with her sister after a Big Row over the expense of the party; the Brentwoods are financially strapped. When Marcey lets slip that she thinks Linda and Martin were lovers by mentioning the tactile incident, Greg is devastated. Believing Greg's story about his partner's death, and feeling sorry for the former, Burgess emerges from the loo to help plan body disposal.

It would be unseemly to gush too much about ALIBI; there are problems. Marcey's motive for helping Greg out of a dodgy spot was never rationalized to my satisfaction.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky thriller . . . November 18, 2007
About the time you think you know what you're watching - a thriller about a young woman who discovers a killer disposing of a body - this quirky story begins taking odd and unexpected turns. After a while, you begin to realize that it's not all "dead" serious. There is dark humor around the edges, and the two protagonists become partners in a cover-up that keeps threatening to come unraveled.

The man (Michael Kitchen) claims the death was accidental, though the body, it turns out, belongs to a man having an affair with his wife. The young woman (Sophie Okonedo), who has no reason to get involved, does anyway - and thereby hangs the tale. Paul Abbott, writer for the series "Cracker," keeps the complications piling up as revelation follows revelation, and each of the characters gets into and out of one predicament after another. Kitchen, parodying all the grimaces and facial contortions of his likeably reticent detective Foyle ("Foyle's War"), gets to muddle on under the influence of a few too many Valium. Cleverly plotted, this British TV drama, is entertainingly implausible in just the way it should be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed August 30, 2006
I loved Alibi when I saw it on TV as a 3-part series. So, you can imagine my disappointment when I discover chunks of the story have been edited out !! And unfortunately this does detract from a great storyline. However, maybe you won't notice the missing threads but I think it's very sad that some lovely elements have been lost. Otherwise, what can I say, Michael Kitchen is brilliant
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good October 4, 2006
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This one I rented ,not knowing what to expect. But when I watched it, I really didn't want it to end. This was a very good movie. Very suspensful,and believable. Just when you think somebody is busted ,they squirm away in a very believable manner. It's not all fake and contrived like all these movies these days. Everybody seems so calm and collected in movies, but not this one. And the most shocking thing about this movie is that it was made for TV in the UK. A TV movie ,that in my opinion is better than 90% of crap put out here. Very well worth checking out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is an edited version May 6, 2013
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A great movie in its full uncut version, but this DVD is heavily edited. As a result, you don't get the full range of the characters personalities, ie Greg's " I only take showers" scene at Marcy's apartment, and Linda's confession to her dead lover's dad that she is actually married to Greg and could he keep it quiet? There were other cuts that tended to help explain the characters motives and actions. I felt the plot twists were probably harder to follow as a result. If you can find the full version, buy it. It is a darkly funny and even romantic film. Don't buy this edited version. 4 stars for the full movie only. Should be 1 star for this DVD version.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alibi
Several scenes have been cut relative to the original broadcast, so from that point of view an expensive and disappointing purchase.
Published 10 months ago by Gunner
5.0 out of 5 stars Alibi, with Michael Kitchen
Michael Kitchen (Foyle's War) is one of the best, and least appreciated, actors out there right now. Any program with him in it will not disappoint you. This movie is no different. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rebecca K.
5.0 out of 5 stars reels you in
the movie Alibi was very well made,nice plots, and a fast pace. in the end,who was telling the truth? would recomend it to all mystery fans. Read more
Published 21 months ago by ann fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Thriller
What's not to like? Michael Kitchen, Sophie Okonedo (of Hotel Rwanda) and Phyllis Logan (a favorite Kitchen co-star). Read more
Published on November 19, 2010 by Richard B. Schwartz
4.0 out of 5 stars Not only a mystery, but a love story
I gave this review four stars because it was excellent in every respect except the development of the love that was evident between Greg and Marcy by the middle of the movie til... Read more
Published on September 20, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars Good.
Most entertaining !!
Quality of film/picture not so good , but I still enjoyed it.
Published on September 7, 2008 by happypants
3.0 out of 5 stars Alibi with Michael Kitchen
I found this a fascinating movie, however, I would have enjoyed it much more if I could have heard or understood the dialogue. Read more
Published on August 4, 2008 by Carla Pearce
1.0 out of 5 stars Of course...
...crap is always high proirity. There are about 10 movies with the same title. At least two are worthy of viewing (the french one (1931) with Erich von Stroheim I keep waiting... Read more
Published on April 20, 2005 by philrob
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