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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?
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.Read more ›
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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Very enjoyable. Michael Kitchen is great in this,and shows he is great at serious and comedy parts. Well worth itPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good film although I would have preferred the uncut version...this is missing some great scenes. Rather pricey as well.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie although I was disappointed it was not the uncut version. A few things were left out that helped with understanding the characters better. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Shirley R. Ingram
Several scenes have been cut relative to the original broadcast, so from that point of view an expensive and disappointing purchase.Published on December 21, 2013 by Gunner
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 morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Rebecca K.
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 morePublished on January 19, 2013 by ann fisher
What's not to like? Michael Kitchen, Sophie Okonedo (of Hotel Rwanda) and Phyllis Logan (a favorite Kitchen co-star). Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by Richard B. Schwartz
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 morePublished on September 20, 2009