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Telecast on American cable television as Sweet Revenge, this wickedly black comedy was produced for British TV under the title The Revengers' Comedies, which was also the name of the Alan Ayckbourn play collection upon which it was based. Late one night on London Bridge, two potential suicides meet. Henry Bell Sam Neill is a midlevel executive who has been unfairly fired by his office rival; Karen Knightly Helena Bonham Carter is a nutty heiress whose boyfriend has jilted her in favor of a bitchy American beauty....
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Telecast on American cable television as Sweet Revenge, this wickedly black comedy was produced for British TV under the title The Revengers' Comedies, which was also the name of the Alan Ayckbourn play collection upon which it was based. Late one night on London Bridge, two potential suicides meet. Henry Bell Sam Neill is a midlevel executive who has been unfairly fired by his office rival; Karen Knightly Helena Bonham Carter is a nutty heiress whose boyfriend has jilted her in favor of a bitchy American beauty. Forsaking their plans to kill themselves, Henry and Karen go the Strangers on a Train route by agreeing to "swap" revenges: Karen will dispose of Henry's enemy, Bruce Tick Steve Coogan, while Henry will destroy Karen's bĂȘte noire, Imogen Saxton-Billing Kristin Scott Thomas. A U.S./U.K./French co-production, Sweet Revenge made its official debut over America's Showtime network on September 24, 2000.
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This dark fantasy of manners refuses to conceal its origins as a play called The Revengers' Comedy by the well-regarded playwright Alan Ayckbourn. The acting is suitably arch and the dialogue has the off-kilter zing of lines that don't acknowledge reality, a trait more indigenous to the theater and rarely seen these days in cinema. It works, at least on a superficial level, but it leaves the black comedy more a shade of gray. The plot is a zany twist on Strangers on a Train -- though not as nutty as Billy Crystal's take, Throw Momma from the Train -- and it alternates from comedy to tragedy a bit too fluidly to make much of an impression as either. The quartet that forms the core of the cast -- Sam Neill, Helena Bonham Carter, Kristen Scott Thomas, and Steve Coogan -- is supplemented by two scene-stealing performances that make the film negligibly worthwhile: Rupert Graves as an adrenaline-fueled brother and Liz Smith as a cagey, know-it-all servant. Don't expect too much and Revenge is yours.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • UPC: 096009779290
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Miramax Echo Bridge
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Neill Henry Bell
Helena Bonham Carter Karen Knightly
Kristin Scott Thomas Imogen Saxton-Billing
Rupert Graves Oliver Knightly
Martin Clunes Anthony Saxton-Billing
Steve Coogan Bruce Tick
John Wood Col. Marcus
Liz Smith Winnie
Anita Dobson Daphne Teal
Charlotte Coleman Norma
Adrian Scarborough Percy Cutting
Sandra Reinton Hilary Tick
Zoe Hilson Lydia
Jamie O'Brien Damien Tick
Francois Domange Wine Waiter
Dicken Ashworth Lorry Driver
Technical Credits
Malcolm Mowbray Director, Screenwriter
Georges Benayoun Co-producer
Simon Bosanquet Producer
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer
Marina Gefter Executive Producer
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Michelle Guish Casting
Konrad Jay Asst. Director
Anushia Nieradzik Costumes/Costume Designer
Julia Palau Executive Producer
Michael S. Ryan Executive Producer
Mark Shivas Executive Producer
Barrie Vince Editor
Stuart Walker Production Designer
Romain Winding Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sweet Revenge
1. Chapter 1 [8:59]
2. Chapter 2 [8:59]
3. Chapter 3 [9:00]
4. Chapter 4 [9:00]
5. Chapter 5 [8:59]
6. Chapter 6 [9:00]
7. Chapter 7 [8:59]
8. Chapter 8 [9:00]
9. Chapter 9 [9:00]
10. Chapter 10 [9:09]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Is revenge really so sweet?

    This is a fun and quirky film with a brilliant cast. Sam Neill is Henry Bell. A man who has just lost his wife and his job. Helena Bonham Carter is Karen Knightly who is distraught after her lover left her, she thinks, for his wife. Henry is about to throw himself off Tower Bridge when he hears a cry for help. He finds Karen hanging by her coat over the side of the bridge and helps her up. After sharing their sad stories, the eccentric, Karen decides they should revenge each other. She would dispose of his work rival and he would dispose of her lover's wife. Things go really wrong for Henry after he decides he can't go through with Karen's game since he has fallen in love with her lover's wife. Carter's performance is wonderful. I loved her disguises and plot she uses on Henry's rival. This is a very black comedy and it is definitely British humor.

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