The Singing Detective Movie Review 1986

Information and Film Reviews for The Singing Detective the Movie

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A musical/mystery/fantasy British miniseries, based on the work by Dennis Potter. Pulp fiction writer Phillip Marlowe (Gambon) is confined to his hospital bed, unable to move due to extreme psoriasis. In his lucid moments he tries to figure out the cause of his condition, but in his elaborate daydreams he's a detective (and big band singer) who's working to solve a series of murders. Six episodes: "Skin," "Heat," "Lovely Days," "Clues," "Pitter Patter," and "Who Done It."


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Available on VHS
Running time 420 minutes.
Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Musical Drama, Private Eyes
Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Janet Suzman, Joanne Whalley
Jon Amiel
BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)

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