Gideon's Daughter

DVD - 2006
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Gideon's Daughter
Gideon Warner is a hugely successful public relations consultant, giving advice about hair, clothes, and social activities to the wealthy. Despite his success he has become disheartened about his business circles and more concerned over his family.

Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2006]
ISBN: 1419831399
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 105 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 30, 2014
  • InvernessS rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I simply don't understand any of Poliakoff's work despite a brilliant cast. Nighy seemed to sleepwalk the entire time. Listening to the special features/interviews did not help either.

Jan 20, 2014
  • Froster rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A few years ago, I was so impressed by a teleplay called “The Lost Prince” about the entry of England into WWI through the eyes of a long-forgotten son of the Royal Family, that I began seeking out other Stephen Poliakoff works. This is one of them. But each one that I have seen is deficient in altogether different ways. Poliakoff seems to want to make a statement about Britain’s recent past, but I am never sure exactly what it is. “Gideon’s Daughter” is about the late 90’s, the role of hype and the rule of PR. This is a subject ripe for satire, but Poliakoff resists the impulse, and instead gives us what seems to be a heartfelt portrait of a PR “genius”, obsessed with his inability to connect with his daughter. Super performances all around by an absolutely stellar cast that includes Bill Nighy, Miranda Richardson, and a radiant Emily Blunt. But try as I might, I just can’t see the point of it. However, I’ll keep trying with Poliakoff (and I do highly recommend viewing “The Lost Prince”. It is a superb piece of work, and it can’t be a coincidence that both Nighy and Richardson are stellar in that piece as well).

Jul 28, 2012

re: subtitles (SDH) & closed captions: No closed-captions available; has subtitles for the deaf &/or hearing impaired. Subtitles are small, lower-case w/ blurry edges. Very poor quality subtitles &/or closed captions are the norm for BBC America releases. WGBH-Boston (which releases Masterpiece Theatre & other BBC releases in the US) is a tv industry "leader-of-the-pack" for poor quality, user-friendly closed-captions &/or subtitles.

Jul 27, 2012
  • booklover717 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent cerebral film!! No shootings or gore, just a great story line and superb acting ... Some might call that "dullish" (as movie20 has below) but, for my husband and I it was right on the money!

Anyone who has struggled with retaining (and building) relationships with their teenage children will relate to Bill Nighy's character. The comment that when they go off to university it feels like "a small death" touched a raw nerve with me.

Enjoy this wonderful, gentle film ...

Apr 17, 2012

I agree with Ellington4 comment.

I would add though that I think you would have to be a Bill Nighy fan to be able to watch this movie because though it is very good and well acted, it is dullish. It is interesting how "loss" is a common thread among the characters and how it is deal with.

Mar 03, 2012
  • Ellington4 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A delicate, emotionally moving film about grief and renewal. The always-excellent Bill Nighy plays a top public relations man who has emotionally lost his teenage daughter and has become barely functional as a result. Miranda Richardson is brilliant as a quirky mother who has physically lost her young son. Their story plays out against Millenium England,with the rise of Tony Blair's Labor party and the death of Princess Diana. This film is a follow-up to writer/director Stephen Poliakoff's fine "Friends and Crocodiles," which takes place in "Swinging London" of the 1960s and early 70s. Damian Lewis is the standout in that movie. Both movies represent Poliakoff's ability to tell complex, human stories within a larger political setting.


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