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  • Actors: Emily Watson, Dominic West, Monica Dolan
  • Directors: Julian Jarrold
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Inception Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008767P84
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,191 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Appropriate Adult is a haunting psychological thriller based on the true story of the unusual relationship between serial killer Fred West (Dominic West The Wire) and his appropriate adult Janet Leach (Emily Watson Gosford Park).

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Excellent acting, directing, and writing.
Viva
Nonetheless, "Appropriate Adult" contains something far better than cheap sensationalism and succeeds in being both highly disturbing and highly touching.
Doug Park
From beginning to end-it will hold your attention; leave you gasping- and ALMOST feel a twinge of pity for the bad guy.
tinav

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2011
Format: DVD
APPROPRIATE ADULT may not be available on USA Format DVD as yet, but for those interested in seeing this remarkable achievement in filmmaking, it is viewable now on Sundance Channel. Watch for it. APPROPRIATE ADULT is one of the few films that relates the true story of a serial killer without resorting to forcing the audience to watch reenactments of the murders. Instead the writer, director and actors bring this savage bit of history to the screen solely through a serious of interview conducted with the killer in the presence of the British police and an 'Appropriate Adult' - one who has been trained to help the accused by detecting if the accused has learning difficulties or other encumbrances that might make the interviews invalid.

First a bit of fact: 'Frederick Walter Stephen West (29 September 1941 - 1 January 1995), was a British serial killer. Between 1967 and 1987, he alone, and later, he and his wife Rosemary, tortured, raped and murdered at least 11 young women and girls, many at the couple's homes. The majority of the murders occurred between May 1973 and September 1979 at their home in Gloucester. Rosemary West also murdered Fred's stepdaughter (his first wife's biological daughter) Charmaine, while he was serving a prison sentence for theft. During this time they resided at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester. The house was demolished in 1996 and was converted into a landscaped footpath connecting Cromwell Street to St. Michaels Square.' It is now believed that West was responsible for 20 other similarly executed murders.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tinav on June 27, 2012
Format: DVD
I watched this film 3 times in a row-and knew I had to add it to my film collection. Unfortunately it is not yet available on USA format. Emily Watson portrays Janet Leach as the Appropriate Adult-an amazing performance. This true story is unbelievable; that this is something that really happened. From beginning to end-it will hold your attention; leave you gasping- and ALMOST feel a twinge of pity for the bad guy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doug Park on September 23, 2012
Format: DVD
{4.5 stars}

Closely based on a true story, "Appropriate Adult" is more about the subject of its title--Janet Leach, a trained social worker superbly played here by Emily Watson, who, in British police investigations, acts as a sort of neutral witness to the interrogations and prosecution--than it is about the murders or the perpetrator himself. There is no gore or violence to speak of, nor are there any reenactments of the crimes. The acting is plain and unvarnished, which makes it all-the-more effective. Even if it's not really his story, there is excellent character development of serial killer Fred West, and the level of empathy Leach reaches with him--and we, in turn, reach with her--is the most chilling thing about this film. Although a quiet story which moves much closer to the speed-of-life than most in its genre, "Appropriate Adult" still has its share of twists and surprises as well as some brief but engrossing courtroom drama at the end.

Those used to Hollywood crime drama may be frustrated by the simplicity and lack of fast action in this film. Nonetheless, "Appropriate Adult" contains something far better than cheap sensationalism and succeeds in being both highly disturbing and highly touching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eugenia on September 27, 2012
Format: DVD
Main characters in this movie: Janet (the appropriate adult) and Fred (serial killer) are played by two fabulous actors: Emily Watson and Dominic West. While most american audiences are familiar with Emily's body of work, others may know Dominic from his role of a police officer in HBO's series "The Wire". In this film he makes physical transformation: his hair is curly, his face more wrinkled and he has really bad teeth, so typical of lower-middle / working class person. His cockney accent is unmistakable working class.

Apparenly, in England, when police has a crime suspect in their custody they believe is mentally unstable or mentally incompetent, they assign "an appropriate adult" - a trained person who can observe the interrogation process and validate that police was using proper methods to investigate the crime and that the accused is in sound mind. Janet is studying to become a social worker from his second marriage. Janet volunteers with the local police department for the role. After her training, her first case is the case of the serial murderer who killed his former wife, stepdaughter and daughter amongst many other victims. It is interesting psychological drama. What we know of killer is that his second wife with whom he has a family is a prostitute. They indulge in sado-masochistic sex with young women they bring to their home; after which they kill their victims and dispose of their bodies. Many of the bodies are burried in the garden behind the home where they live.

During the interrogation process, this serial killer gets Janet under his spell. Repulsed by him she is attracted at the same time to learn what can compel a person to commit such horrific crimes.
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