The Designated Mourner Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for The Designated Mourner the Movie

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Adapted from the play by Wallace Shawn, this pointy-headed inaction movie laments the passing of the class of people who "appreciate the poetry of John Donne" and other forms of high art. It's probably the same class that would like this movie. Set in an unnamed politically repressive country that resembles a large table, Nichols plays the eponymous mourner Jack, a journalist who once ran with a literary crowd but betrayed their ideals for survival. Richardson plays his wife Judy, the daughter of final talking head Howard (de Keyser), who is a humanist poet who doesn't like people. If you need a lecture on culture written by a man who was in "Mom and Dad Save the World" and played the geeky social studies teacher in "Clueless," then this is your movie. To quote Shawn: "Inconceivable!"


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 94 minutes.
Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Cops, Art & Artists, The Meaning of Life, Adapted from a Play, Big Ideas
Wallace Shawn
Mike Nichols, Miranda Richardson, David de Keyser
Oliver Stapleton
David Hare
Richard Hartley
Donna Grey, David Hare, Mark Shivas, Simon Curtis, BBC Films, Greenpoint Films, First Look Pictures

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