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Peacock

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1 h 30 min201013+
A train accident in rural Nebraska gradually unveils a mystery involving the town's bank clerk.
Directors
Michael Lander
Starring
Cillian MurphyEllen PageSusan Sarandon
Genres
SuspenseDrama
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Supporting actors
Keith CarradineBill PullmanJosh Lucas
Producers
Barry Mendel
Studio
Lionsgate
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201 global ratings

  1. 54% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 15% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 11% of reviews have 2 stars
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coraReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 June 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Dark Drama with an Amazing Performance from Cillian Murphy
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[[ASIN:B0037E8HOC Peacock [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]]]
The product I bought is the Region 1 DVD. You will need a compatible device to play it in Europe, this is clearly stated in the product description and should not come as a surprise to any buyer. Cover notes and menu are in English, as are the film and bonus features. Optional subtitles are available in English and Spanish.

The following Extra features are included:
- "Welcome to Peacock" Making-of Featurette
- Alternate Ending
- Deleted Scenes
- Cillian Murphy Rehearsal Scenes
- Peacock Script (DVD-ROM Feature)

Cillian Murphy gives a scintillating performance as the meek bank clerk John Skillpa, who leads a bizarre double life in the privacy of his home, protected from outsiders by a solid fence. At home, he dresses and makes up as a woman, doing household chores in the role of his imaginary wife Emma. When a railway car crashes through the fence and into his garden, 'Emma' is seen by townspeople and John Skillpa is forced into juggling the two personalities lest his secret be discovered. And as John switches between the two identities as circumstances require, there is a real battle going on between the two personalities, keeping the viewer guessing which will take over and live on in the town.

This film is a very dark drama, with the writers and Cillian Murphy as an actor going places where few would venture. Hard to watch at times, but worth while, just as long as you don't expect light entertainment. If that's what you want, watch Breakfast on Pluto instead. The supporting cast is good, with Susan Sarandon's performance being worth a special mention.
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DaisyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 August 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
More psychology than Psycho!
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This is the story of John Skillpa, who has been so cruelly and sordidly abused by his controlling mother, yet is devastated by her death, that he has created for himself a female alter ego, Emma, so that he can, I suppose, take refuge in her more powerful form. The two parts of John's personality have become so distinct they don't always know what the other is doing. The disruption to John's secret and very quiet, downtrodden life comes when a train passing by on the line at his fence sheds a "caboose" and Emma is seen in public for the first time. Everyone closes in on John, who pretends Emma is his wife, but the newly escaped Mrs Skillpa takes on a life of her own, trying to move from the rut they are in and in so doing discovers and reveals for us significant aspects of John's past. She seems to have some of the nature of John's mother, but, ultimately does the noble thing and shuts herself away so that no one else will suffer as John did - at least, that's my take on the ending. You can't help making associations with Norman Bates in Hitchcock's Psycho, but the psychology explored in this story is successfully realised in the performance of Cillian Murphy, whose androgynous looks and slight build were a gift to the casting director - but watch out for the covering up of the masculine hands when he's Emma! This is a thought-provoking movie about an extreme consequence of abuse, so it's not for light entertainment. And entirely appropriately, John and Emma are played with brown contacts - Cillian Murphy's famously piercing blue eyes might have taken away some of the vulnerability of the character!
4 people found this helpful
Mrs BarleymowReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 January 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Must watch for fans of Cillian Murphy
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If I could give 2 stars for the film but 5 stars for Cillian Murphy's acting, I would. He is so good in this it's insane.

The story and scope of the film do not have enough oomph to match him. He plays both man and a woman in the film but he is not even recognisable as himself as a man let alone a woman. The deal maker for me was when John began to leak through Emma and she spoke in his voice.

What this film does,even if it doesn't set the world on fire, is show off that he has a range like no other. Watch an episode of Peaky Blinders and then this and your melon will twist right off!
DokyaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 July 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hmmmmmm....... very enjoyable
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Interesting.
Engaging characters who were well played, especially that of the lead. I enjoyed this, despite being less than convinced by the ability of the 'alters' of the character suffering dissociative identity disorder. This was because of the content of the story, rather than the quality of acting. Loved the way the opposing personalities were seen to emerge from sharing a crippling social anxiety into distinctly identifiable personas, with their own mannerisms, motivations, behaviours and goals. Lack of credibility was due to the shifting dominance and insight between personalities, as well as the emergence of a calculated integration when the more dominant female character masquerades as the male. At least, that's the way I read that particular scene!
I'm not aware of alters attempting to mimic each other. Then again, it's a controversial diagnosis.
With this kind of story, you would always wonder what events the author imagined to provide a childhood trauma severe enough to cause such an extreme mental health condition. The film skillfully convinced the viewer of additional unknown history through the briefest glimpse of extreme incidents.
Appreciated the opinion of another reviewer (who felt that the failure of anyone to recognise that the husband and wife were the same person) represented loneliness of modern living. Having lived in a much smaller town, I had only thought of this as another point stretching credibility. That is still my overriding impression, but prefer their opinion to mine!
Very enjoyable. Benefits from explicitly choosing to suspend disbelief.
A final note - congratulations to the make up artist! wow. I don't think I would have recognised the male and female as being the same person. Managed to make him so much softer and prettier. Bizarrely, the female also looked taller to me. Guess it was the clothes. Those heels were not that high!
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JayOTeeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 January 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cillian Murphy plays a married couple. Kind of.
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The film itself is alright, well put together and perfectly watchable. A simple tale of a young man who works at a bank, and when a train crashes in his garden suddenly he's at the centre of the town's talk due to a strange woman that appears in his house.

Ellen Page is OK in it. The supporting cast, including Susan Sarandon are all pretty great. But Cillian Murphy is astounding. It's probably my favourite role/s of all time for him so far. He is utterly captivating as this 'married' couple, and I've watched the film time and time again because of his performance/s. Basically, if he wasn't in it I would never have watched this film. He never fails to astonish me, and not long following this film I saw him play entire village of people on stage. And then a Brummie. Hard. Core.
4 people found this helpful
cee smithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 December 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Unusual film but one that is quite slow
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The role played by lead Actor Murphy is quite brilliant, but this is a slow film that does not really hold much realistic credibility, good to see a lead actor in a diverse role and one that Murphy utterly excels, however, not a very good plot, a real missed opportunity of a film, disappointing overall
Susan ForemanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 September 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
I think it would have worked better if this was kept until much later in the ...
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An enjoyable psychological thriller

For me, the main problem with the film is the fact that the reveal that John and Emma are the same person is given much too soon. It happens within the first five minutes of the movie, even before the opening credits have rolled. I think it would have worked better if this was kept until much later in the filmt. That way, the viewing audience would have been in the same position as the townspeople, trying to unravel the mystery between John and Emma
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C P HaxbyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 August 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Better movie if you skip first 3 minutes !!!
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Strange decision in an otherwise artistic and impactful movie to give a heads up on the potential surprise at the start. I suggest you watch from 3 minutes in/the train crash
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