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See No Evil: The Story of The Moors Murders (2008)

Froggatt , Harris , Chris Menaul  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Froggatt, Harris, Peak
  • Directors: Chris Menaul
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012IWNT0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "See No Evil: The Story of The Moors Murders" on IMDb

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Powerful factual drama based on one of the most shocking crimes of the 20th Century. This is the chilling story of child killers Ian Brady (Sean Harris) and Myra Hindley (Maxine Peak) and how they were finally brought to justice. Convicted of the torture and killing of five youngsters, the Moors Murderers remain two of the most hated figures in Britain. See No Evil reveals the untold story and is based on two years of intensive research and interviews with detectives and the key trial witness. Produced in consultation with the murdered children s relatives. Starring Maxine Peak (Shameless) and Sean Harris (24 Hour Party People).

Writers' Guild Awards 2007 - Best Original Drama (TV) - Neil McKay

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Docudrama June 30, 2008
Format:DVD
Don't get the wrong idea about this 2' 20" British production: it's not the pornography of cruelty. It only shows one murder, fleetingly, in silhouette and of a 17-year old, not a child. It only shows that death because that was the only one anyone other than the murderers saw (and because it would be obscene to show the rape and murder of a child). This movie depicts the infamous Brady and Hindley as others saw them, primarily Hindley's sister and brother-in-law, and a police detective. We do not see the killers private lives and actions. It's third-person limited narrative.

This may sound like a limitation, but it's actually an effective way of communicating what these two monsters were like. It's very interesting to see the four young people as a social circle, drinking and smoking cigarettes out on the moors (on the gravesites, unbeknownst to two of them), talking about family and job prospects, cooing over the baby, etc. The first chapter is mostly about how Brady tries to lure Hindley's brother-in-law David Smith into his little circle of evil. Brady kills someone in front of Smith, thinking Smith will join in the fun. Smith cooperates in the clean-up enough to get out of the flat alive and turns Brady and Hindley in. The second chapter is about the investigation, trial and aftermath, as Brady and Hindley try to implicate Smith and Smith's community blames him for the deaths of the children.

Overall, it's a fascinating look at a time (1960s) and a place (impoverished Northern England), all seemingly well-recreated. The social dynamics are fascinating. Watching Brady with his fascination for Sade makes you realized that all those academics who flirt with Sade are kind of perverted. A very interesting movie for grown-ups, not a sick flick for adolescents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unspeakable evil, unbearable sadness June 13, 2010
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This is a powerful and affecting TV drama about the discovery of the notorious series of child killings, committed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in the Manchester area of England in the early 1960s, known as the Moors Murders. It is well researched, superbly written and acted, and filmed in convincing period style and locations.

As some reviewers have pointed out, the story is told not by directly following the lives of the evil pair or their victims, but rather it unfolds mainly through the eyes of Hindley's young sister and brother-in-law, Maureen and David Smith. Some of the other reviewers see this as a weakness in the movie, but I agree with reviewer Kurt Keefner that, seen from the viewpoint of two ordinary people who unwittingly became involved, it is actually a highly effective way of telling the story. In any case, I doubt that many directors would be prepared to depict on screen the sexual abuse, torture, murder and burial of several children, or that many of us would want to watch the result. This is a fact-based TV drama and the activities of the murderers themselves were not and never can be accurately documented, whereas there is ample information available about the police investigation into the murders and from the Smiths themselves, the latter now superbly told in book form in David Smith's own story "Witness", co-authored by Carol Ann Lee.

And so this TV movie tells the story of how these appalling crimes were discovered, initially by David and Maureen Smith who turned in the killers to the police in spite of the great risk to themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Acting October 3, 2012
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Format:DVD
This is the best DVD I have watched on the Moors Murders.
Told through the eyes of Hindley's sister and brother-in-law, Maureen and David Smith, it focuses soley on how Hindley and Brady were brought to justice.

Sean Harris who plays Brady comes across as extremely sinister, unnerving and very psychotic whilst Maxine Peak portrays Hindley uncannily well as the cold emotionless killer she was. You can almost feel the electricity between Hindley and Brady.
It takes a 'special' kind of person to carry on as 'normal' whilst all the time knowing there are four children buried on the moor. Chilling.

Joanne Froggatt and Michael McNulty play equally superb parts. The emotional pain and turmoil the Smiths faced during and after the trail was very well executed.
The Moors Murders did not only wreck the lives of the children's families but wrecked the lives of Brady and Hindley's families too.

Last but not least, George Costigan who played DCI Joe Mounsey, the copper who never stopped looking for the graves.
Hats off to him for some fabulous acting and to the real Joe Mounsey for his dogged persistence.

The film is portrayed with as much empathy and consideration for the families as possible and due respect is shown to them.
Watch this film but be prepared to be left feeling very hollow and very sad.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mis-titled, ill-conceived, unsatisfying October 1, 2010
Format:DVD
If you buy this hoping to see a thoughtful consideration of the Ian Brady-Myra Hindley "Moors Murders" case, you will be very disappointed. In this TV movie, the story of the case is told entirely from the point of view of Myra's sister, Maureen, and therefore reveals little of the case itself, which might not be a problem if this were how the movie is being marketed. Given the claim that it's about the Moors Murders, watching it becomes an exercise in frustration and bewilderment as the wait for some real information about the crimes and the killers grows longer. Most of the first part is about how Brady and Hindley tried to involve brother-in-law David Smith into robbing banks with them, and while it culminates in the final murder by the pair, it's seen only at the end when Smith enters their home, and rather than following the murderers at this point, the movie follows David as he tells his hysterical wife what has happened and she shrieks about how impossible it is that Myra should be involved. As this movie is the only one about this notorious twosome, it feels like a cheat to discover that we're really watching the story of how Maureen's life was thrown into turmoil by her sister's crimes--that may be a story, but it seems the least important or interesting story to tell, given the others available. There certainly has been enough written about the case to have made a serious attempt to get into the substance of it, but the chance is wasted.

Maxine Peaks gives a serrated performance that brings Hindley intensely to life (an achievement given the little time she's onscreen), and Sean Harris is convincingly sociopathic as Brady.
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