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Drowning by Numbers (1988)

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1 hour, 58 minutes

Country UK, Netherlands

Studio Allarts Enterprises, Dutch Broadcasting Corporation, Elservier-Vendex, Film Four International, Galaxy International Films, VPRO-TV

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• Drowning by Numbers

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Murder, Black Comedy, Surreal, Disturbing, Revenge, Marriage, Investigation, Blackmail, Satire

Tagline: The great death game.

Plot: Three generations of women with the same name have rid themselves of their unwanted husbands in the same manner - they drown them. The local coroner agrees to declare the deaths accidental in return for sexual favors. But when things don't go exactly as planned, he devises a final game that could result in the undoing of them all. A darkly humorous, twisted rendering from grim auteur Greenaway, boasting his trademark lush production design (marked by the sequential appearance of the numbers 1-100), surreal touches (like the fanciful voiceover narration delivered by a death-obsessed boy), and unflinching depictions of sex, nudity, and violence.

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 Directed by
Peter Greenaway
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 Written by
Peter Greenaway
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Joan Plowright
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Joely Richardson
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Bernard Hill
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Juliet Stevenson
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Jason Edwards
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Bryan Pringle
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Trevor Cooper
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 Music By
Michael Nyman
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