Early 20th century England: while toasting his daughter Catherine’s engagement, Arthur Winslow learns the royal naval academy expelled his 14-year-old son, Ronnie, for stealing five shillings. Father asks son if it is true; when the lad denies it, Arthur risks fortune, health, domestic peace, and Catherine’s prospects to pursue justice.
After defeat in the military court of appeals, Arthur and Catherine go to Sir Robert Morton, a brilliant, cool barrister and M.P., who examines Ronnie and suggests that they take the matter before Parliament to seek permission to sue the Crown. They do, which keeps Ronnie’s story on the front page and keeps Catherine in Sir Robert’s ken.
The Winslow Boy is a 1999 period drama film directed by David Mamet. Starring Nigel Hawthorne, Rebecca Pidgeon, Jeremy Northam and Gemma Jones. Set in London before World War I, it depicts a family defending the honour of its young son at all cost. The screenplay was adapted by Mamet based on Terence Rattigan’s dramatic play The Winslow Boy. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
The Winslow Boy (1999)
Directed by: David Mamet
Starring: Rebecca Pidgeon, Jeremy Northam, Nigel Hawthorne, Matthew Pidgeon, Lana Bilzerian, Sarah Flind, Aden Gillett, Sara Stewart, Colin Stinton, Jeremy Northam
Screenplay by: David Mamet
Production Design by: Gemma Jackson
Cinematography by: Benoît Delhomme
Film Editing by: Barbara Tulliver
Costume Design by: Consolata Boyle
Set Decoration by: Trisha Edwards
Art Direction by: Andrew Munro
Music by: Alaric Jans
MPAA Rating: G for all audience.
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics
Release Date: April 16, 1999 (United States), October 29, 1999 (United Kingdom)