Widows' Peak

Widows' Peak

Director: John Irvin Cast: Mia Farrow, Joan Plowright, Natasha Richardson

DVD

Overview

In the Irish town of Kilshannon in the 1920s, a matriarchal clique of widows tightly sets the rules for behavior. Heading the town's ruling circle is the doughty Mrs. Counihan (Joan Plowright). The only non-widow in town is a reclusive middle-aged spinster, Miss O'Hare (Mia Farrow), who seems to be guarding some kind of secret. Crashing into this provincial coterie is dashing, urbane Edwina Broome (Natasha Richardson), who immediately starts feuding with O'Hare, for no apparent good reason. Broome mangles O'Hare's prize roses and bumps her skiff in a boat race. Counihan's dimwitted son, Godfrey (Adrian Dunbar), proposes marriage to Edwina. Eventually, the true motives of all involved are revealed. ~ Michael Betzold

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2005
UPC: 0794043803826
Original Release: 1994
Rating: PG
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:41:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mia Farrow Miss O'Hare
Joan Plowright Mrs. Doyle Counihan
Natasha Richardson Edwina Broome
Adrian Dunbar Godfrey
Jim Broadbent Clancy
Anne Kent Miss Grubb
John Kavanagh Canon
Rynagh O'Grady Maddie
Gerard McSorley Gaffney
Michael James Ford Rokesby
Garrett Keogh Grogan
Britta Smith Mrs. Colgan
Sheila Flitton Mrs. Mulrooney
Marie Conmee Mrs. Lawless
Ingrid Craigie Mrs. Purdieu
Doreen Keogh Mrs. Buckley
Eileen Colgan Mrs. Fogerty
Phelim Drew FX
Jasmine Russell Bridgie
Tina Kellegher Dolores
Malcolm Douglas Townie
Clive Geraghty Garda Super
Rachel Dowling Tall Thin Girl
Maria McDernottroe Penitent
Michael Casey Pianist

Technical Credits
John Irvin Director
Leo Austin Production Designer
Consolata Boyle Costumes/Costume Designer
Lois Burwell Makeup
Carl Davis Score Composer
Gerry Johnston Special Effects
Hugh Leonard Screenwriter
Peter Lindsay Musical Direction/Supervision
Steven Mackler Producer
Jo Manuel Producer
Michael White Executive Producer
Nuala Moiselle Casting
Martin O'Malley Asst. Director
Ashley Rowe Cinematographer
Julian Schlossberg Producer
Tracey Seaward Co-producer
Peter Tanner Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [2:00]
2. Busy Day for the Ladies [4:03]
3. Miss O'Hare's Caller [4:52]
4. The New Arrival [7:13]
5. Pecking Order [7:52]
6. Seeds of Gossip [5:29]
7. Let the Games Begin [7:51]
8. Pick of the Day [1:23]
9. Well-Matched Opponents [2:53]
10. Questionable Past [5:09]
11. Kishannon Regatta [2:53]
12. "Right as Rain" [8:38]
13. Engagement Calling [7:45]
14. Lunch, Not Dinner [4:35]
15. Boating Confrontation [6:28]
16. Black Business [1:29]
17. Charges Against Edwina [:40]
18. Harsh Public Meeting [1:56]
19. "The Nerve of Her" [3:47]
20. End Credits [3:58]

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Widows' Peak 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Maine-Girl More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this little mystery/drama, wrapped in a layer of witty humor so typical of the Brits. Apparently the movie was written for television, but I never suspected that while watching it and only learned of its origins while reading online reviews. The movie paints a lush picture of charming village life in 1920s Ireland. The costumes and cinematography are beautiful, the screenplay is driven by dialogue and character, and the cast is excellent. The quaint village of Kilshannon is unofficially ruled by a bevy of wealthy widows led by Mrs. Doyle-Coonan (Joan Plowright), who believe they represent the town’s moral high ground. Mrs. Doyle-Coonan, a benevolent dictator, spends much of her time keeping a watchful eye on village manners and morals through the lens of her brass telescope. Among those whom she monitors is Widow O'Hare (Mia Farrow), a relative newcomer who, in addition to growing prize roses, has attracted the amorous attentions of the village dentist (Jim Broadbent). One day, village life is suddenly turned upside down with the arrival of a young and glamorous new widow, Mrs. Edwina Broome (Natasha Richardson), who not only sets her cap for the doyenne's pampered son but is soon at loggerheads with the Widow O'Hare. Not only does Edwina upset the reigning matriarchal hierarchy, but her unexplained feud with Miss O’Hare casts a sinister shroud of mystery over the insular community. Scandalous revelations ensue, leading to a mysterious disappearance suggestive of murder, and culminating in a surprise ending. A very enjoyable twisted tale. This film should appeal to those who enjoyed Enchanted April, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, and Ladies in Lavender.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only got to watch about half of this movie and it quit working. What I saw was fair but probably won't bother returning. I wasn't interested enough to bother with.