The Grotesque (film)
|Directed by||John-Paul Davidson|
|Produced by||Stephen Evans|
|Written by||Patrick McGrath|
(novel and screenplay)
|Music by||Anne Dudley|
|Edited by||Tariq Anwar|
|Distributed by||Live Entertainment (U.S.)|
The Grotesque (also known as Grave Indiscretion and Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets) is a 1995 British film by John-Paul Davidson, adapted from the 1989 novel of the same name by Patrick McGrath. It stars Alan Bates, Lena Headey, Theresa Russell and Sting.
Eccentric paleontologist Sir Hugo has little interest in his wife, Lady Harriet, but the new butler, Fledge, gives her the attention she needs. Hugo dislikes his daughter Cleo's fiancé, aspiring poet Sidney, and Sidney's subsequent disappearance places the household in further turmoil.
- Alan Bates as Sir Hugo Coal
- Theresa Russell as Lady Harriet Coal
- Sting as Fledge
- Lena Headey as Cleo Coal
- Jim Carter as George Lecky
- Anna Massey as Mrs. Giblet
- Trudie Styler as Doris
- Maria Aitken as Lavinia Freebody
- James Fleet as Inspector Limp
- Steven Mackintosh as Sidney Giblet
- John Mills as Sir Edward Cleghorn
- Annette Badland as Connie Babblehump
- Bob Goody as Father Pim
The film was released under the title Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets in the United States, and later its US video title was Grave Indiscretion. It is also known as Butler morden leiser in Germany, Grotesco in Portugal, and Perverso in Spain.
Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club called the film "predictable", noting its "lack of substance" and that "Bates and Russell deliver amusingly over-the-top performances...but Sting and Styler give wooden performances that make their characters seem not so much eerie and mysterious as heavily sedated."