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Pd James: A Mind to Murder [Import]

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  • Actors: Roy Marsden, Mairead Carty, Sean Scanlan, Robert Pugh, Peter Tuddenham
  • Directors: Gareth Davies
  • Writers: P.D. James
  • Producers: Chris Pye, David Fitzgerald, Hilary Bevan Jones, Rebecca Eaton
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Lance Entertainment
  • Release Date: April 27 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B0001DCQZI
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Pd James: A Mind to Murder

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"A Mind to Murder" is based on James' second (1963) novel, video-taped in 1996. Having never read her novels, but after repeated critical viewings of this and related TV productions, this reviewer reluctantly concludes that James' work is unfortunately not in the same league as that of other prominent mystery writers whose work has been moved to the small screen.
James' major writing flaw is that she frequently (almost always?) begins with the key murder having taken place. With no well-considered and interesting introductory characterizations and interplay in advance of the main events, we never get to enjoy the delicious anticipatory speculation (like one gets in a Christie) as to who is going to "get it", when, and maybe even who's next and why? (But then Christie was a grand master of the art!) There is no opportunity to engage with the victim before the crime. We cannot witness in time sequence the suspect interactions: their sizzling and fascinating cross-dialog, their threats, their hates, their MOTIVATIONS, building up to the point of murder. Subsequent to the murder, no prior suspect characterizations exist upon which to build. There are no delicious denouements where scenes are replayed showing what "really happened." With James, what we get is nothing more than a dry formulaic recitation of the relationships and circumstances that lead to the murder, presented retrospectively in a series of boring, dull he-said-she-said talking head exchanges amongst Dalgliesh and a horde of strangers, including his assistants of the moment. With none of these can one even remotely identify. Hanging over all of this like a wet blanket is James' cold, impersonal style, best characterized in Roy Marsden's authoritarian (he-who-must-be-obeyed?
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HASH(0xa1aad150) out of 5 stars great performances March 29 2005
By Mary Z - Published on
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This adaptation is quite short, under 2 hrs. So the pacing is quicker and story necessarily a more direct than the other 6 hr adaptations. The acting is really nice though, and this is one of the adaptations that I have watched multiple times for that reason. The ending is over the top, but I loved it. I hope they paid that poor actor a lot to do the ending scene! You'll have to see it to see what I mean.
HASH(0xa22f2270) out of 5 stars ... so convincing as DCI Dalglesh you cannot help but love his portrayal June 15 2015
By CHERYL S. - Published on
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I think Roy Marsden is so convincing as DCI Dalglesh you cannot help but love his portrayal. Lovely scenes of England always a treat to see.
HASH(0xb35eaf44) out of 5 stars Five Stars Dec 5 2015
By very tall mouse - Published on
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Roy Marsden is to PD James what Joan Hickson and David Suchet are to Agatha Christie
HASH(0xa1a8f9c0) out of 5 stars Five Stars July 8 2015
By Thomas Veregge - Published on
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Another British masterpiece by P.D. James faithfully transferred to film.
HASH(0xa1a8ed50) out of 5 stars I love them all Sept. 4 2015
By Dee - Published on
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th\e adam dagleish series is fabulous. I love them all. This one, too.