An Inspector Calls

 (2,647)7.71 h 26 min2015X-Ray13+
An Inspector Calls is a mysterious detective thriller set in 1912 and written by English dramatist J.B. Priestley. Following the suicide of a young woman from the local town, an inspector calls unexpectedly to interrogate the wealthy Birling family. As their world unravels, each member of the family is revealed to have unwittingly played a part in her demise.
Aisling Walsh
Chloe PirrieDavid ThewlisFinn Cole
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Flora NicholsonGary DavisKen StottKyle SollerLucy ChappellMiranda RichardsonSophie RundleWanda Opalinkska
Greg BrenmanRoanna BennHoward Ella
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FrancisReviewed in the United States on May 23, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb entertainment!
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Flawless. This is a great story extremely well told. Tight script, fine acting, crisp direction. There's no sex, no car chases, no disemboweling, no F words. Just talent.
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ShannonReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pro-union socialist nonsense, with a silly number of coincidences...
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(Spoilers) I sat through it so maybe you don't have to.

The Inspector bullies the entire family in a manner totally unbelievable for the time, and there is a twist related to it, but it still rankles.

They're ALL vapish, villanous fools that have a connection to the dead girl. I get that working and living conditions at the time were miserable, but I genuinely can't believe how straight they play the rich people=bad, poor people=exploited, or how comically bad the victims luck would be to keep getting tangled up with the family.

To be fair, the sets are good - the factory looks very period appropriate, and the costumes are decent.

The play was first performed in the Soviet Union in 1945. They knew their audience.
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S. HiattReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Separates the thinkers from others
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Excellent movie...should be required watching for all humans!! But what I noticed from reading the reviews on here that there are many other people who don't understand the deeper meaning in this movie just like the two characters in the movie who never get it. If you only take this movie for its entertainment value...yes, you may be disappointed. But please look past the "plot" and look for meaning...not just meaning in the movie...but meaning in each of our lives.
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manof4Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2018
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A surprise hit!
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Oh my gosh! What a brilliant film. I hadn't heard a thing about this movie, so I didn't really know what to expect. I love all of the British mystery shows like Poirot, Marple and the lot, so Amazon recommended this one and I thought I'd give it a go. Glad I did! The plot steadily builds with one twist after another. The character development is wonderfully rich and the plot is complex, but not confusing. It is the subtle nuances that make this film, and they are done so incredibly well by a talented cast. Each character has been perfectly cast, and the actors all give fantastic performances. Honestly, I was just planning on watching a few minutes of this before I went to sleep, but ended up staying up late because I just couldn't bear to break away. I think it's also a movie with a message. One that is very timely and fitting for today's world. Excellent movie!
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AuthorReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
An absolutely compelling look at human nature
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This play is like watching a train hurtling toward a wreck. We know the beautiful piece of machinery will hurtle off the high trestle, carrying all aboard to their doom...yet we cannot stop watching. The wealthy British family in the piece are a window into the worst of First World Problems - those of us who are affluent enough to have time and leisure to worry about the ephemera of ego, angst and such., forget the sheer struggle to survive of those less monetarily fortunate. Do we view them, from our lofty heights, as somehow less deserving than we? Of being feckless, foolish, and thus somehow suited for their poverty? Or are we equally to be pitied, for poverty of spirit? An Inspector calls will make you think on these themes.
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Toni M.Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2018
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They Might Be Giants...
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If you can’t handle this it’s because you’re one of them. A wealthy man once tried to buy me for his son for a night; I don’t owe him the vengeful despair of my suicide and would not dare glorify the role of Very Important Persecuted but some of the giants of this world truly are that vile and suffering their selfish consumption can at times push us all to the brink. PSA: I never loved scrubbing your floors or toilets. I hated organizing your multiple, massive closets and your children treated me like a doormat. Also I love David Thewlis.
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bohemian travelerReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
great movie
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Really great movie. I was surprised to see negative reviews but when I read the comments it all became clear. I find it so weird when people judging the opinions or lives in the movie. We can judge bad acting and bad movie making but judging opinions and storyline in the movie means you are a person who is only interested in validating your opinions everywhere. Movies are made to show different stories and belief systems among humans, you might not believe in social justice but there are people who believe in it. So the movie talks about a storyline to contemplate about this belief.

and this story was quite interesting. Acting was also great..
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Kyle MooreReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
A Series of Unfortunate Coincidences
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It's obvious from the very first moments that this film is attempting to adapt some kind of morality play. This film may resonate with you if you're under the impression that it is the duty of the rich to trample on the poor.

Setting aside how ridiculously unlikely that it might be that one single family and every member in it would have multiple interactions with one individual, the judgments the film attempts to make against the family only make sense if you believe that the downtrodden have absolutely no volition in life.

The father's crime against the girl is that he fired her after she led a strike against his company and turned down his offer to end the strike and accept a higher paying position. After she turned him down, he fired her with the reasoning that he paid her market wages, and due to the good economy, she'd find another job. Since she wasn't keen to parlay after making bold demands, he correctly thought that she was not a good fit for his company. This is proven to be true in the film, as all of the coworkers that she led the unsuccessful strike with returned to work with no complaint, and none of them bothered to stick up for her. She did in fact get another job soon after, proving the father correct that there were other opportunities available to her. The father is not at fault for any of the further choices this woman made.

The wife-to-be's crime is that she complained to the woman's manager that the woman's behavior was unprofessional. The woman makes a condescending sneer at the wife-to-be's expense which is clearly shown in the film. The whole point in working at a clothing store is to make the customers feel relaxed and comfortable while trying on new clothes, not to sneer at them while they're clearly uncomfortable. It's obvious why she was fired, and if one complaint is all it took, perhaps it wasn't the first she had received.

The husband-to-be's crime is that he found himself in a one-sided relationship with someone that he had initially taken pity on. The husband-to-be found himself as a caretaker of a grown woman who was out of work and down on her luck. Though initially he had feelings for her, he took on the role of a caregiver for this woman and eventually fell out of love. However, he did give her money to last her for several months, as he felt guilty. I can't tell if the moral of this story is that people should stay in relationships in which they are unhappy, but people today and always have had the option to break up with someone that they're dating. Breaking up with someone isn't a crime and it isn't evil. It's actually the kindest thing you can do to a person if you don't love them. His biggest crime appears to be actually against his intended wife, as there appears to be some overlap in his relationship with both of them. However, the film frames this plot device as a slight against the woman who apparently has no volition of her own, other than to just keep making terrible decisions.

I honestly don't know what the son's crime was. There's some hints that he was rough with the woman one time, but that issue isn't really explored. Instead he steals to provide money for the woman. There's a few post-coital shots of them in bed together talking about the existence of god, so I never really got the feeling that she was trapped with some monster. In fact, the son appears to be quite tender and cares for the girl. He steals money from his father's business to fund her job free lifestyle, and even offers to marry her. It is discovered that she is with the son's child, and knowing this she willingly downs poison. At this point, the woman is the only character who has killed anyone, let alone an unborn child, so I really don't see how she is supposed to be sympathetic in any way. She takes the son's money, but doesn't wish to marry him. I really don't know what the film would do to absolve this character, nor what it blames him for.

The mother's crime is that she doesn't believe the woman's story when she asks for help at her charitable organization. The mother offers help to those in need on a daily basis, and hears all kinds of stories every day. Not only is this woman's story improbable, it's a statistical anomaly. She literally has had a life altering event with every member of a single family, while meeting them all separately. If the mother, who we are not led to believe is bad at her job, had reason to doubt her story, perhaps she had a good reason to do so.

The woman is never at any point a sympathetic character. People in film and in reality have volition. They are able to make choices, and they can reap the reward or suffer the consequences from those choices. This isn't a babe in the woods led to the slaughter. This is a woman who made choices based on her principles and apparently suffered from the choices she made. The film says it best through the father: "No one is responsible for the choices someone makes one or two years in the future." This principle is absolutely true. No one made that woman down the poison other than herself. It was her own set of principles and actions that led her to that choice, and though she may have used the family as a catalyst, she had full control of her life at every point.

It's obvious that this film is trying to make the family seem bad, and it tries to portray the woman as some kind of victim. However, at nearly every point, every family member offered her help or gave her money. Honestly, I can't believe how many handouts and fortunate kindness this woman turned down. This isn't some evil family, conspiring to ruin this woman. In the same way the woman turned down their money and kindness, the family also had principles and pride. There's an odd intermission in the film where it supposes the idea that the whole plot of the film is so ridiculous that it might be seen as a hoax. If only the writers of this film had the self awareness to realize that if your plot is so ridiculous that a legitimate plot point in it is that the whole thing is a fabrication, maybe the whole thing is a bit too vague and fantastical. What a waste of time.
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