I loved this film. No violence, limited sex. Nothing to the film but pure British wit with upper crust politics. The main character is very devious in a totally British way. Loved it!
I watched the new American version first and enjoyed it. There's something about this telling that is more suspenseful. A little rough at the beginning, its pretty old and the characters seem to be talking very fast. All the characters seemed subtle and more believable.
With this original version of House of Cards, once again we have an example of a show that the British do superbly that the Americans just can't quite match. Every line, every scene, and every character drives the story forward with great economy. Not an ounce of fat on it. In three seasons and 12 episodes the story is told and the viewer is completely satisfied. The American version is on 5 seasons and 65 episodes and they're still not done. In this case, more is definitely not better. Watch this and you won't want to bother with the re-make.
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.
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 ).
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?
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!
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.
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.
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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