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The Wrong Box

5.8
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Original title
The Wrong Box
Year
Running time
105 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Larry Gelbart, Burt Shevelove (Novel: Robert Louis Stevenson)
Music
John Barry
Cinematography
Gerry Turpin
Cast
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Producer
Salamander Film Productions
Genre
Comedy | Black Comedy. Family Relationships. 19th Century
Movie Groups
Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptations
New
Synopsis / Plot
A tontine is established for a dozen children, a tontine being a kind of bet/insurance, money is put in for each to grow with interest and the last survivor is to get the lot. We watch the group dwindle until only two brothers are left. One brother is watched by his nephews who will keep him alive at all costs, the other lives in ill health and poverty as the only support of his fairly stupid grandson. Statues and bodies are switched, in the wrong boxes until everyone is sure someone has died. Now if they can only make it seem as if the other brother died first, hundreds of thousands of pounds (in Victorian England when a pound was a pound) will be theirs.
Awards
1966: BAFTA Awards: Best Costume Design. 3 Nominations
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