"A Very English Scandal" is the shocking true story of the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy to murder. It's the late 1960's, homosexuality has only just been decriminalized, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his vociferous ex-lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk, and eventually Thorpe can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed politics forever as the British public discovered the darkest secrets of the Establishment and the lengths they'd go to conceal them.
If this were not a true story I would have thought no, way over top. Great casting. The best role for Hugh Grant. He was absolutely marvellous in the role of Jeremy Thorpe. Other members of the cast excellent too so it was all very believable. At times hilarious, at times so sad. I enjoyed all of the scenes - the early romance, the falling apart, the career ending disaster that ensued. I liked the glimpses into Parliament watching Hugh Grant as the MP with such a grand career. Later, plotting and the Roman Comedy of the attempted murder. Well thought out sets so you felt as though watching a real court room scene. Great screenplay, directing, casting, acting and attention to detail. I think that Hugh Grant deserved top awards for his performance. Throughly enjoyable.
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Ambition as a Cancer Eating the Establishment
- A Very English Scandal review by RC
Excellent performances by both Grant (Thorpe) and Whishaw (Scott/Josiffe) and the supporting cast. Nice period touches by Frears. On the one hand a reminder of how far we have come as a society in 50 years on homosexuality. On the other hand a depressing reminder of how little has changed about the way the English establishment closes ranks and protects its own, even after finally being forced to take action against immorality and cancerous ambition in its midst.
First time I have seen Hugh Grant not cast as a sparkly eyed handsome playboy and he was brilliant taking the part of Jeremy Thorpe. Wasn't familiar with the actor who played Norman Scott but he was amazing. I also thought JT second wife was incredible handling the terrible scandal as she did and then went on to care for him through his illness until she died. I recommend this film. Five stars.
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- A Very English Scandal review by OP
3 part drama of excellent quality. The tale is stranger than fiction and the acting is wonderful. Great filming and I can't fault it!