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The Guilty (1991)

Michael Kitchen , Sean Gallagher , Colin Gregg  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Kitchen, Sean Gallagher, Caroline Catz, Lee Ross, Andrew Tiernan
  • Directors: Colin Gregg
  • Writers: Simon Burke
  • Producers: Sarah Wilson, Ted Childs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 201 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0046MOVE4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,685 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Guilty" on IMDb

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"Terrific psychological thriller" --The Sunday Times (U.K.)
"A tour de force for Kitchen" --The Sunday Times (U.K.)

"Brilliant drama" --The Mail on Sunday (U.K.)
"Compelling" --Daily Mail (U.K.)

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London attorney Steven Vey (Michael Kitchen, Foyle’s War) has a brilliant career, a beautiful wife, and money to burn. To top it off, he’s about to be named Britain’s youngest-ever judge. But one night, a celebration with his pretty secretary, Nicky (Caroline Catz, Doc Martin), goes too far. He calls it a drunken indiscretion; she calls it rape.

Meanwhile, Birmingham punk Eddy Doyle (Sean Gallagher, Coronation Street) is fresh out of prison with no prospects. After learning that the stuffy vicar who raised him isn’t his real dad, Eddie goes in search of his father. When they meet, Doyle is lured into a conspiracy with horrific results.

Lives intertwine and tension builds to a "nail-biting finale" (The Sunday Times, U.K.) in this provocative psychological thriller from the makers of Chancer. Everyone is guilty of something--and justice isn’t always served.

Contains violence and brief nudity

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Amoral and ambitious barrister Steven Vey (Michael Kitchen) has a drunken moment with his new secretary (Caroline Catz) where his aggression gets out of hand--setting in motion a crazily intricate plot: the traumatized secretary, having given up on any legal recourse, threatens to go to the tabloids with her story. Vey's hitherto unknown son (Sean Gallagher) comes to London seeking to meet his real father; after a chance encounter, Vey offers the young man (whom he still doesn't know is his son) a job: to eliminate his problem with the secretary. But the son has, by coincidence, met the secretary and started falling in love with her. The Guilty, a BBC miniseries from 1992, hinges on a massive coincidence and a few implausible actions by the characters--but, as a policeman remarks towards the end, "stranger things have happened." While some big turns are hard to swallow, they're made up of countless small, well-observed, and entirely compelling moments, all embodied by a great cast. Leading the crew is Kitchen (Foyle's War), a fantastic actor who's all over the BBC but has never translated to America the way that, say, Helen Mirren has--which is too bad, because he has many of the same gifts: a piercing intelligence, a steely will, and the ability to find both the good and bad in every character (and the ability to make you question which is which). Kitchen makes Vey simultaneously despicable and sympathetic, which is a feat well worth watching. --Bret Fetzer

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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A complex story of intense intrigue, a killer thriller, and a psychological character masterpiece. The mega-suspense end deserves a writing award for Simon Burke.

First one must overcome seeing Michael Kitchen as antagonist (NOT THE WONDERFUL MR. FOYLE'S WAR HERE.) A ten-year younger Kitchen plays nasty lawyer Steven Vey superbly. In the dialogue Vey admits he's "a devious, immoral, hypocrite." 3 hours later, after the story ends, you will agree with him, even though his ailing mother does not.

An adopted ex-con seeking his real dad, his pals, a raped secretary (Caroline Catz-`Doc Martin), & her flat-mate Tanya all get caught up in conspiracy connected to the appointment of Vey as judge. Secrets and the unknown create a woven maze of actions and intents on everyone associated. Who will die or live becomes independent of the group's individuals to control. Masterful complexity of events set into motion due to individual decisions. It all began with a bottle.

Quite different, but excellent executed roles, by the pre-`Foyle's War' Kitchen, as well as the pre-`Doc Martin' Catz. "THE GUILTY" proves the depth and diversity of acting ability of this famous pair between 1992-2011. This double feature length, 2-DVD set, will grip and knot every nerve. It is British unrated, but definitely adult (NO KIDS) due to graphic violence, content, 1 breast visual, and it's not your feel-good moral finale. I'm surprised this was not placed into book form--a sure bestseller.

SUBTITLES. Some cast filmographies. Disc 2 offers a summary of episode one, in case you can't watch it all in one setting. Unneeded. The intensity will force you to watch it all straight through.

Watch this thriller in the AM so you don't have to sleep immediately afterward.
The next morning, to recover, watch "Foyles War" or "Doc Martin."
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SUSPENSEFUL GEM December 29, 2010
By sabu
Format:DVD
THE OTHER REVIEWER'S DESCRIPTION OF THIS MOVIE IS ABOUT AS CONCISE AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT REVEALING TOO MUCH, SO I'LL SIMPLY SAY THIS IS A TRULY INTENSE AND GRIPPING DRAMA/THRILLER THAT YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff January 7, 2011
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Too many coincidences, but just ignore them as they occur and sit back and enjoy the taut script and fine acting...
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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The following may, for some, contain spoilers.

The main reason, in my view, for watching this British mini-series is the performance of the reliably-excellent Michael Kitchen, here playing against type as Steven Vey, a successful barrister and a man as arrogant as he is amoral. Though married, Vey has eyes for a young secretary in his office. She is sufficiently flattered by his flirting that the two end up one evening after work at her apartment. Sensing that she has allowed things to go too far, she tries to end their evening together, but Vey is not about to be rebuffed, and he proceeds to force himself on the young woman. Not long after this incident, Vey receives a coveted appointment to the bench. The young woman, wanting some sense of justice but believing that she would have little chance of getting it in court, contacts Vey with an offer: if he resigns his judgeship, she will remain quiet about what he did to her; if he does not, she will go public.

The stage is set for a promising drama, which makes what follows all the more disappointing. First, the story shifts from London to Birmingham and to a young petty thief, Eddy Doyle. Doyle learns from his mother that the man he thought was his father is actually his adoptive father, that his biological father is a man by the name of... Steven Vey! Learning this, Doyle is off to London to try to locate Vey. In what follows, the story goes off the rails, at least it did for me, because of the coincidences the writers invoke to intersect the paths of Doyle and Vey and of Doyle and the young lady who was Vey's victim. If you are tolerant of these preposterous twists, then you will probably be as impressed with this mini-series as others here are. The performance of Michael Kitchen makes this worth watching but not, in my opinion, worth owning.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Kitchen Shows His Acting Chops July 20, 2011
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If you have never seen Michael Kitchen in anything but FOYLE'S WAR, you are in for a treat. Because he is every bit as good at playing the bad guy as he was playing good guy Foyle. In this delicious little gem, he plays a top level barrister with his eye on a judgeship. He is the very embodiment of unbridled ambition and he doesn't care whom he has to sacrifice to get what he wants. He also has a tendency to drink too much.

He leaves victims in his wake. There is an illegitimate child now grown to manhood who has just been released from prison. There is a young woman in chambers whom he raped after having once again too many drinks. They want justice. Although justice is his business, it plays no part in his personal life.

Kitchen is able to play the many sides of this villain. He can be charming, brilliant, appealing and, in an instant, very cold blooded.

i highly recommend this.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth having
Never bought it from Amazon - too expensive. I streamed it on ACORN and bought it on sale because it.is worth having. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G U
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good deal! Thanks
Published 2 months ago by David Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this one.
If it weren't for the plot pushing the credibility envelope, I would absolutely give this an Emmy or an Oscar! Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Erin Dugan
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitchen is great.
Foyle's War will not define Kitchen. This is a great example of his range as an actor. He is a great British import.
Published 7 months ago by Vanissa Thurman
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
I discovered a copy at the library. I'm glad I snatched it. This movie is the epitome of the resources of the wealthy to overcome scandal. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tell Me a Story
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guilty Great Show
Great television show, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to buy it ":because it is not so easily available". Read more
Published 12 months ago by Basil Kanavaros
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally improbable
In order to interest me a plot has to at least fall within the realm of the possible. This plot is ridiculous.
Published 15 months ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars The Guilty
"The Guilty" is a psychological thriller that will leave you with chills. It weaves a tale that involves several different characters, most of which are guilty of something,... Read more
Published 16 months ago by NewAgeMama
5.0 out of 5 stars I like anything with Michael Kitchen
I enjoyed this a lot. It was exciting and had many twists and turns and it wasn't obvious how it would end. Michael Kitchen is one of my favorite British actors.
Published 20 months ago by Beatrice
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
Michael Kitchen is a brilliant actor. For those who have only seen him in Foyle's War, you are missing out on the diversity of his acting talents. Read more
Published on August 14, 2012 by Amiga
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