The Crow Road

The Crow Road

DVD - 2007
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Prentice is searching for his long lost uncle who disappeared without a trace. When he discovers clues on a computer disc containing some of his uncle's notes to a novel, he embarks on a complex journey through his family's secretive past. No matter how shocking or dangerous his quest becomes, he is determined to find the answers and solve what turns out to be a ghastly mystery.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ontario. : BFS Video, p[2007].
ISBN: 9780779257904
0779257901
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (DVD) (approximately 211 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.

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kpelish
Jun 01, 2017

A slow-building story that goes beyond the eccentricities of a wealthy Scottish family into something far more sinister. The actor playing Prentice does a good job in showing a shaky entry into adulthood--he is spoiled, veering from the idealization of one girl to sleeping with a relative's former girlfriend--and yet warm-hearted at the same time. Money, privilege, and an unquestioning acceptance of high-functioning alcoholism cause a lot of issues for his family. On a bright note, several of his family members are gifted writers, and there's an unforgettable scene of father-son love and storytelling during a cold winter's night. Note: some of the actors have heavy accents; English subtitles available.

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eusebius
Feb 07, 2015

Long and heavy-going. I found some comfort with the actors: Bill Paterson is one of my favourites, and Peter Capaldi does stellar work. Should have been heavily cut. Needs subtitles!

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roystreet
Dec 26, 2014

Appealing young hero, but so what? NO SUBTITLES and heavy Scottish speech meant the subtleties escaped me; slow.

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e278
Jun 30, 2014

“Crow Road” 3 It was OK, but... I think it didn't have zing, rather it had that English/European blaze' attitude. It was worth watching; I think it could be redone with much better results.

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mjayh
Aug 21, 2012

It certainly takes its time getting going. Way too much extraneous detail and the easy ending was a bit of a letdown. Characters too reliant on alcohol for my liking and all in all not very appealing. I'd recommend giving it a pass unless you're a Scot and feeling homesick.

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jmehninger
Dec 03, 2010

It seems that Scottish tales always revolve around family anguish and drama.
This one is no exception.
The main character, Prentice, at times drives you up the wall with his wailing in self-pity and inability to see the people around him, who have only his best interests at heart.
It's a good yarn with a satisfactory ending, but be prepared for nudity, bedroom scenes and language.
Real mystery buffs will probably figure out the ending ahead of time.

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kwidprokuo
Aug 09, 2010

For american viewers, the scottish accent is really heavy, and sometimes can be difficult to understand. The DVD does not come with english (or otherwise) subtitles, which would have helped.

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jmehninger
Dec 03, 2010

jmehninger thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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kwidprokuo
Aug 09, 2010

kwidprokuo thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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kpelish
Jun 01, 2017

Other: Alcoholism/drug use is noted as normal and natural.

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