Certain Justice

A Certain Justice

Director: Ross Devenish

Cast: Ross Devenish, Roy Marsden, Penny Downie, Sarah Winman

     
 

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Gore combines with dry British wit in this whodunit. After brilliant, successful defense attorney Venetia Aldridge (Penny Downie) is found murdered in her court chambers, it's anybody's guess who killed her; a controversial personality who didn't hesitate to mince words around her male colleagues, Aldridge made a number of enemies. It's up to Scotland Yard's

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Gore combines with dry British wit in this whodunit. After brilliant, successful defense attorney Venetia Aldridge (Penny Downie) is found murdered in her court chambers, it's anybody's guess who killed her; a controversial personality who didn't hesitate to mince words around her male colleagues, Aldridge made a number of enemies. It's up to Scotland Yard's formidable Commander Adam Dalgliesh (Roy Marsden) to solve her murder. Adapted from the celebrated novel by P.D. James. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This P.D. James murder mystery keeps viewers guessing until the end. But even after Scotland Yard's Adam Dalgliesh (Roy Marsden) fingers the killer of Venetia Aldridge (Penny Downie) -- who turns out to be a crack barrister at Old Bailey, London's central criminal court -- another problem awaits resolution: Is there enough evidence to make an arrest? Dalgliesh, the pensive, level-headed, master sleuth who stars in several James novels, is a welcome change from the flamboyant, American-style movie detective. He draws no guns, throws no punches, and experiences no epiphany that reveals the missing clue. In short, he is believable. Assembling clues from a scrapbook, a blood-stained wig, and handwriting on the arm of a second corpse, he weaves a tapestry of evidence that implicates or rules out suspects. Most of the time, A Certain Justice is a jolly-good detective story. On occasion, though, interviews with possible culprits become tedious simply because there are so many of them. It seems half the practitioners of law at Old Bailey had a motive to kill Aldridge, including Hubert St. John Langton (Frederick Treves), the retiring head of chambers; Drysdale Laud (Matthew Marsh), an attorney who was positioned to succeed Langton until Aldridge blocked his appointment; Harry Naughton (Ken Jones), a law clerk at Aldridge's firm; sundry other Old Bailey personages; a cleaning woman with a grudge; and a psychopath whom Aldridge successfully defended in a murder case. The acting is understated in that British way, and the plot emphasizes intrigue, good-old-fashioned ratiocination, and the eccentricity of its gallery of characters.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2005
UPC:
0783421400399
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
NR
Source:
Wgbh / Pbs
Time:
2:40:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Scene selection; Closed-Captions; Access to the Mystery! web site

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mystery: A Certain Justice
1. Introduction [1:50]
2. Regina vs. Ashe [15:07]
3. Signs of Ambition [11:26]
4. What Venetia Aldridge Can Do [11:13]
5. A Straight Thrust to the Heart [12:09]
6. Credits [:00]
1. Introduction [1:33]
2. Hidden in a Dark Corner [16:17]
3. Janet Carpenter's Confession [13:40]
4. Regina vs. Beale [8:23]
5. Credits [11:08]
1. Introduction [1:53]
2. Instrument of Revenge [18:58]
3. Octavia's Holiday [13:12]
4. A Certain Justice [16:47]
5. Credits [:00]

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