House of Cards Trilogy

House of Cards Trilogy

DVD - 2013
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Based on Michael Dobbs' best-selling novel about a man who schemes and backstabs his way to the top until he is standing on a pile of broken promises, betrayals, and the bodies of those who oppose him.

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Nooksack20
Sep 12, 2016

Interesting story line. Got a bit weary of Ian Richardson's character. All in all worth watching, but be sure to have plenty of beer and pretzels for the slow sections of dialogue.

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TheSandoz
Aug 23, 2016

Excellent British series ( the first two are the best ), I found it to be vastly superior to the American remake ( as good as Kevin Spacey is, he doesn't really compare to the icy villainy of Ian Richardson ).

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hesselugano
Aug 23, 2016

The British House of Cards Trilogy was superb. The first two were a whole lot better than the third. Ian Richardson only agreed to perform his role as Francis Urquart in the third edition if the script writers agreed to have him killed. Alas, Kevin Spacey was not so astute. Why,oh why, did Mr Spacey waste his talent on the moronic drivel the US network came up with?

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Minnesinger
Apr 22, 2015

This is BRILLIANT...Better IMO than the US version, though that is very good as well. (Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all.) A must-see!

Froster Nov 29, 2014

Machinations and malfeasance in the House of Lords. Achieved by one malevolent character with an enormous chip on his shoulder. Unfortunately however, those shoulders are rather narrow, and the face decidedly weasel-like. Easy to believe the coldness and meanness, but it's a bit of a stretch on the seductive qualities. This is a combination practiced by very few actors with any success--James Mason, Dirk Bogarde, and even, on occasion, Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich. It eludes Ian Richardson completely, because of his effeteness, and (sorry) unattractiveness. When his Urquhart snogs another character in close-up, one's instant reaction is "EWWWWWWW!"--and NOT because of the plotline.

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OlivePlaid
Jun 27, 2014

This is the original 1990 British miniseries that the Netflix series is based on. Both are fabulous. The British one may be slightly dated now but it Ian Richardson was very aristocratic and more devilish than Kevin Spacey.

harrybrowne Apr 11, 2014

The British sure know how to make evil seem holy. There are so many bodies falling around FU and his wife, they could be as venal a political couple as Bill and Hilary Clinton. Anyone who doubts that this can happen/has happened/and will continue to happen is naive. Politics is as dirty a profession as there is. Art imitates life.

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beyardoe
Feb 26, 2014

House of Cards Season 1 Love it! am hooked! Can't wait to see Season 2

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brianthecat2
Nov 05, 2013

Fantastic! Tried to watch all 3 discs on the same evening. Really!! I figured out the ending before Disc 3. Love a good British mystery. Note: the Brits disliked it because they thought it was a "put down" on their system. Poo, poo on them!

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JeanieG
Oct 24, 2013

This is British television at its best! This production adapted all three novels to a BBC mini series that totals about 600 minutes of viewing time. Ian Richardson is excellent and so convincingly evil in such a nice way! My only misgiving about it was some parts of the 3rd novel - but maybe that's how it was written. It just seemed a little to violent for my taste.

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