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  • Actors: Derek Jacobi, Sean Pertwee, Peter Copley, Michael Culver, Julian Firth
  • Directors: Graham Theakston
  • Writers: Edith Pargeter, Russell Lewis
  • Producers: Neville C. Thompson, Stephen Smallwood, Ted Childs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000V471W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,931 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cadfael - One Corpse Too Many" on IMDb

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See on the PBS Mystery! series, this riveting tale stars Sir Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius; Gladiator) as Brother Cadfael, the intuitive crime-solving monk of medieval Shrewsbury. Cadfael is called upon to bury 94 rebel soldiers executed on King Stephen's ord

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He has a presence which suggests strength, wisdom, and compassion.
Atheen
Jacobi at the same time was hiding the daughter of a escaping Shrewsbury nobleman, Godith disguised as a monk.
Cory D. Slipman
In particular, Abbot Radulfus, Prior Robert and Cadfael himself all have perfect castings.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Atheen on July 20, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I enjoy a good murder mystery of the classical type, and the Brother Cadfael series is particularly good. The author Ellis Peters (Edith Pargiter, 1913-1995), like Agatha Christie, Nagio Marsh and Dorothy Sayers, was popular during the mid-20th Century and wrote prolifically during that time. There are some 20 Cadfael books. The film One Corpse Too Many, based upon the book of the same name, was the first one I saw on Public TV. It hooked me irrevocably. The setting is incredibly authentic and colorful. The different orders of society: nobleman, servant, military man, tradesman, artisan, abbott, monk, and priest are carefully wrought to produce a period piece with more detail and clearer dialogue than a Shakespearean play. It would be a wonderful way of introducing young people to history.
The setting of the story is 12th Century England, a period of particular turmoil. Henry I had died without a legitimate male heir, and he had designated his daughter Matilda as his successor, binding his nobles by oath to support her. Although many of them did, including her very able half brother, an illegitimate son of Henry made an Earl by his father, many of them threw their support behind her cousin, Steven. Matilda, or Maud as she is referred to, was a granddaughter of William the Conqueror and no push over herself. She fought her cousin from a base in coastal France, where the family held land in fief of the King of France and where marriage alliances had placed her as wife of Geoffery, the Duke of Anjou. With her Norman support in France and her loyal factions in England, she made enough of a threat to Steven's rule to ultimately obtain a guarantee of succession to the English throne for her son Henry, ultimately Henry II.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
ONE CORPSE TOO MANY was the second novel in Ellis Peters' Cadfael series, but it was chosen to be the first adapted for television. The adaptation stays very faithful to the novel, which is actually a hinderance, as Cadfael solves the mystery through a stroke of luck more than sleuthing abilities. And yet the telefilm is well cast; Derek Jacobi is perfect as Cadfael, bringing all the qualities of the warrior-turned-monk into his performance. Also well-cast is Sean Pertwee (son of DOCTOR WHO's Jon Pertwee) as Hugh Beringer, a man who may or may not be Cadfael's ally. Other series regulars such as Michael Culver (as Brother Prior), Julian Firith (Brother Jerome), Michael Copley (Abbot Heribert), and even Mark Charnock (briefly, as a yet-unnamed Brother Oswain) all show up to get the CADFAEL series off to a steady, if unspectacular, beginning. END
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kali on May 29, 2000
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This is a great adaptation of Ellis Peter's book "One Corpse too Many." It pretty much follows the plot of the book and all the wonderful characters are bought to life by an excellent cast, headed by the brilliant Sir Derek Jacobi. He is absolutely FANTASTIC as the monk Cadfael, and I agree with one reviewer who says the voice of Jacobi is now the voice of all Cadfael books. "One Corpse too Many" starts with the execution of a garrison of men by King Stephen, and in the midst of all this confusion a murderer tries to pass his victim off as one of the executed. Enter Cadfael who realizes that murder has been committed and sets out to find the culprit. It is here we are also introduced to Hugh Beringer, now the King's man and perhaps an ally of Cadfael but only time will tell. Cadfael finds himself in the thick of something more than just murder, including a young girl pretending to be a boy-monk to avoid capture and a hidden treasure that is hunted for by both Beringer and the elusive murderer. This is a great film, suspenseful, well acted and a credit to Ellis Peter's book. Let's hope that all the Cadfael books get made into films, it's too good an opportunity to miss in my oppinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2012
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There is really nothing of significance that can be said after Atheen M. Wilson's excellent review of this film other than to suggest that people seeking an opinion of the film read this review. This is the first film in the Cadfael TV series, although it is the second book that Ellis Peters wrote about this rather clever and worldly, although also religious, monk. Thus, the producers of the film used it to inform us about Cadfael's past as a knight during the crusades and his fighting in Jerusalem. It is now 1138 in England. Cadfael is told to bury 94 bodies of supporters of Queen Maud who had been hanged by King Steven, but discovers that there are 95 bodies and one was not hanged. The plot reveals much about the civil war between Maud and Steven, about how Hugh Beringer becomes a friend of Cadfael and is appointed sheriff, how Cadfael saves huge amounts of money for Queen Maud, a woman, and a man, and solves who killed the 95th man and why he did so.
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As complex as any of the Cadfael series, this one tells the story of how Master Hugh Beringar becomes sheriff. Also as Cadfael states, "By my reckoning there is one corps too many."

During the time of the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud, the abbey tales a neutral stance. However Brother Cadfael is given a new assistant. The young lad is anything but; as he is a she. Naturally Cadfael being a man of the world detects this and must find out why she is hiding.

Meanwhile back to the war Shrewsbury Castle is under siege by Stephens's men for being a Maud holdout. When Stephen finally gets the castle he orders the rebel soldiers executed. Cadfael is preparing them for a Christian burial when he counts 95. It is trivial to the king but Cadfael presses that it would not bode well for a king to dismiss a murder under his very nose. Looks like it may have been the work of Hugh Beringar, a man who has appeared to have conveniently changed sides in the war. King Stephen is not unaware of this.

This time will Cadfaels tuition, forensics, and logic. Prove the case?
Is Hue a villain or will he turn out to be a friend?

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