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The Drummond Will is a collision between old and new. The story of two polar opposite brothers, Marcus and Danny, brought together by the death of their father in a dank, decaying English town. As the brothers look to settle their fatheras affairs, body counts rise and confusion ensues as they find their fatheras estate is more complicated then they could ever imagine. Thereas a dead body (and then another one), a bag full of money, grave digging under the cloak of darkness, a constable, a priest, a beautiful barmaid, and, of course, a surprise ending!

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SDFF 2010 Review: The Drummond Will Posted on November 2, 2010 by Dave Minkus by Dave Minkus - Screengeeks Score 4 out of 4 directed by Alan Butterworth starring Mark Oosterveen and Phillip James It s worth noting up front that I m a sucker for a good British comedy. There s something about the British sensibility that just makes me laugh like crazy when a proper Englishman completely snaps and loses it when he can t handle the insanity around him anymore. It s like The Drummond Will was made specifically for me. The Drummond Will follows brothers Marcus (Mark Oosterveen) and Danny (Phillip James) as they make their way to their father s final resting place upon the news of his death. More like The Odd Couple than actual family, the brothers spend plan to spend the weekend at the one thing left to them, their father s house. After the funeral, they go back to their newly inherited house to find it broken into and a prowler trying to steal something far more interesting and valuable than the house. What follows is a decent into madness as these two unfortunate men stumble into what is possibly the worst run of bad luck ever inflicted upon two characters. I have to say that it s a glorious trip the whole way that will definitely keep you guessing where the story is headed next. The town the brothers find themselves in is stocked full of old geezers waiting to kick off, a sweet bar owner, and odd vicar and an even stranger constable. You never know how someone is going to react to a certain situation. Just know that whatever can happen, will. Mark Oosterveen brings a prim, proper and uptight feel to Marcus that is truly worthy of a comparison to Tony Randall s Oscar from the legendary TV show, The Odd Couple. The lazy way to look at Phillip James performance as Danny would be to compare him to Russell Brand. This would not be fair, though. James brings an innocence and aloofness to Danny that makes him a unique and lovable character for all his flaws. Shot in black and white, director Alan Butterworth really gives the film an old time slapstick feel in all the right ways. Yes, the film does get a bit bloddy in spots, but I can only describe it as gross, shocking and hilarious all at once. The black and white cinematography lends itself wonderfully to the dark comedy and suspense to be found in this movie. Full of snappy dialogue, hairpin turns in the plot, beautiful shots of the town countryside and great performances from all the actors, The Drummond Will is a great dark comedy with a fun British sensibility of timing and humor that entertained me in ways no other comedy has this year. You absolutely must seek this film out and discover the glorious insanity for yourself. You won t regret it. --Screengeeks

'The Drummond Will,' 4 stars by Bill Goodykoontz - Jul. 22, 2011 10:08 AM The Arizona Republic "The Drummond Will" is a quirky little British delight. 'THE DRUMMOND WILL' Good: Director: Alan Butterworth. Cast: Mark Oosterveen, Phillip James, Jonathan Hansler. Rating: Not rated, the film contains profanity and violence. Note: At Harkins Valley Art. » Showtimes Co-writer and director Alan Butterworth's debut at times tries too hard and strains at the seams. But that's better than not trying at all. Brothers Marcus (Mark Oosterveen) and Danny Drummond (Phillip James) travel from their urban homes to the small English village where their father has died. They hadn't seen him in years, evidently. Nor had they seen each other, and they don't seem too happy about doing so now. The uptight Marcus is in a hurry to leave after the funeral. But the free-spirited Danny arrives so late he misses the funeral and wants to hang around for a while. The brothers learn that their father has left them his house and everything in it, so Marcus agrees to stay for a bit to sort things out. However, one of the things in the house that the will didn't cover is an old man hiding in the pantry with a bag of cash. They assume that the money belonged to their father and, thus, now to them, but the geezer is having none of it. It would spoil things to say exactly what happens next, except that it leads to what happens after that, and after that, and so on - one comical catastrophe piles atop another. It becomes clear that no one in town much cared for Marcus and Danny's father (the brothers didn't care much for him, either) and that someone else in the village knows about the money and wants it. Figuring it all out will leave a pile of bodies and a fair amount of bloodshed, played to comic effect - sometimes too much so. Jonathan Hansler as the clueless constable and Nigel Osner as the vicar with a secret act as if they are auditioning for a road-company version of Monty Python. It's funny for a while, but . . . Oosterveen and James occasionally overdo it as well, but sometimes that's what the story calls for: "Really?" Marcus exclaims at one point, as his brother suggests yet another ridiculous solution to their ever-mounting problems, and it's the appropriate response. A bit much? Sure, but Butterworth, shooting in black and white, manages to pull them back in. And there are some laugh-out-loud moments here, my favorite being a touching scene between Danny and his uncle that's punctuated by something rather unusual that comes floating down the river in front of them. Also: Who doesn't love a crossbow? "The Drummond Will," though not perfect, is certainly an original, funny effort, the strength of its peculiar charms far outweighing its shortcomings. Reach Goodykoontz at bill.goodykoontz@arizonarepublic.com. Facebook: facebook.com/ GoodyOnFilm. Twitter: twitter.com/goodyk. --Rotten Tomatoes/Arizona Republic

George Heymont San Francisco-based arts critic Where Is Miss Marple When You Really Need Her? Posted: 05-15-11 04:00 PM ET Follow Certain genre spoofs derive an extra layer of fun from the simple fact that they are shot in black and white. Created by filmmakers who are head over heels in love with a certain type of movie, these spoofs boast an incredible amount of attention to detail and tradition. * * * * * * * * * The only thing missing from The Drummond Will would be some cameo appearances by the ghosts of Terry-Thomas and Margaret Rutherford. This raucously rude and deliciously irreverent farce gets more out of its stark black and white cinematography than most indie films could ever hope to enjoy. In his director's statement, Alan Butterworth writes: "Making the film in black and white was never really a difficult decision. My favorite film (Dr. Strangelove) is in black and white. Kind Hearts and Coronets looks better than The Ladykillers. Manhattan looks better than Annie Hall, and Raging Bull looks better than just about anything. I also mention Kind Hearts and Coronets as it was a key influence on the story. I only saw it a few years ago and I was blown away by it. The concept of having a central character who was so clearly immoral in a comedy was something that really stuck with me. For our film though, especially with Danny (a character who wasn't exactly immoral but simply unconstrained by traditional moral values) it seemed a more interesting way to go in a modern context. This film is a deeply affectionate modern retelling of the classic comedies and murder mysteries from the Ealing era of British cinema. The Drummond Will imagines what it would be like to be stuck in a world where the strange rules of Ealing cinema apply. A world where life continues quite as normal in the face of escalating body counts, where sleepy English villages invariably harbor any number of dark secrets, and where you only really know who the murderer is when everybody else has been killed. The thoroughly modern Danny and Marcus are trapped in just such a world, and are quickly swept out of their depth. As they realize they'll need to rely on each other if they are to survive, and modern ideas like forensics, cell phones and common sense won't help them, it quickly becomes clear that, inevitably, nothing is what it seems." Marcus Drummond (Mark Oosterveen) is a conservative, middle-aged bureaucrat prone to suffering increasing levels of abuse. His brother, Danny (Phillip James), is the happy-go-lucky fool who can't stop himself from making bad decisions and getting into more trouble. Soon after their return to the tiny village in which they grew up, their father's funeral sets off a chain of unlikely events bound to land the two brothers in a never-ending heap of trouble. Among the people who seem determined to make their lives miserable are: The Constable (Jonathan Hansler) is a familiar stereotype of British whodunits. The Vicar (Nigel Osner) thinks that, even in this day and age, his sexuality would be a secret. Betty the Barmaid (Victoria Jeffrey) has a nasty way with a crossbow. The Colonel (Eryl Lloyd-Parry) desperately wants something. Malcolm the Bastard (Morrison Thomas) is hiding in the closet, clutching a bag of money. Hobo Dave (David Manson) is as drunk as ever. Only their loving Uncle Rufus (Keith Parry) seems happy to see the two Drummond boys. But, like everyone else in the village, Rufus has a few secrets up his sleeve. To spill the beans wouldn't be fair to the filmmaker. Let's just say that The Drummond Will is one of the most refreshingly inventive and lovingly crafted send-ups of a beloved genre to be seen in many a moon. It's the blackest of comedies and a joyful romp rolled into one very pleasing package. --Huffington Post

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mark Oosterveen, Phillip James, Jonathan Hansler, Nigel Osner
  • Directors: Alan Butterworth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: House Lights Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HVWVX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,779 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I got suckered - I'm naive about reviews apparently.
NOW, after paying my money and trying to wait this one out, I am re-reading the reviews and its clear they are planted.

First, despite the cover art, this movie's in black and white.
NOT a problem.
BUT, the cast consists (1/2 way through) of a Russel Brand wanna-be, a pseudo David Hyde-Pierce, an close-your-eyes-and-its-John-Cleese, and other English stereotypes.
A poor script, marginal acting and handheld camera work.

Mind, I *adore* Python, AND black humor, but this is just so poor.
I may hav given this another star if I were not so pissed about the planted reviews.
Wait till its in the Prime que.
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So, we were browsing our favorite and very insightful movie review site, Filmbalaya.com, and in looking for a comedy saw the review on The Drummond Will. My husband and I just loved it, full of one surprise after another, murderously funny and now I am buying another one for a friend. Every time it is loaned out it is returned with rave reviews! It has subtle Monty Python type humor influences throughout. If you love anything with great humor and a bit on the dark side, go for it. Hint: Watch the credits till they are all done. It is a movie not in the Hollywood mainstream, but discover this film, you won't regret it.
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Was lucky to discover this indy gem at the Film Festival circuit this year...loved, loved, loved it. I found myself chuckling at the most crazy, absurd circumstances. It's a smart, laugh-out-loud comedy and was thrilled to see The Drummond Will making it to DVD. Will be a fine addition to my DVD collection right there with my other fave comedies: The Wedding Crashers, Something About Mary, Caddyshack to name a few. Enjoy the show!
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'The Drummond Will' is pure enlightened British comedy that lands somewhere between Monty Python's zaniest and the darkness of 'Fargo,'. Estranged brothers, Danny and Marcus, meet up in their hometown Yorkshire village to bury their father. The witty repartee of this farcical comedy kicks off with the innocent comment, "A pint...what's the worst that could happen?'

Drummond WillThe brothers find that their father left them a house and an unaccounted for sizeable amount of cash. The fun begins when they realize that someone else wants that cash and is willing to kill for it. Marcus' droll personality and sense of understatement soon had us laughing out loud. Like a great cult classic, `The Drummond Will' gets funnier and funnier upon repeated viewings. Five stars = great fun.
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