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Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 11 November 2009
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A rookie Yorkshire journalist sets out to solve the case of a child murderer.


Julian Jarrold


David Peace (novel), Tony Grisoni (screenplay)
4,172 ( 293)
4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Garfield ... Eddie Dunford
David Morrissey ... Maurice Jobson
John Henshaw ... Bill Hadley
Anthony Flanagan ... Barry Gannon
Warren Clarke ... Bill Molloy
Jennifer Hennessy ... Mrs Kemplay
Mary Jo Randle Mary Jo Randle ... Eddie's Mum
Rachel Jane Allen Rachel Jane Allen ... Susan Dunford
Rita May Rita May ... Aunty Win
Graham Walker Graham Walker ... Uncle Eric
Berwick Kaler ... George Greaves
Katherine Vasey Katherine Vasey ... Steph (as Katharine Vasey)
Danny Cunningham Danny Cunningham ... Gaz
Michelle Dockery ... Kathryn Tyler
Robert Sheehan ... BJ


In 1974, Eddie Dunford, comes home from South England and gets a job as a cub reporter for the Yorkshire Post. A schoolgirl has gone missing, and Eddie suspects it's one of several crimes dating back six years; the police think not and blame gypsies. Eddie digs; the police stonewall him then two of them beat him after he visits the widowed mother of one of the girls missing for a few years. When a child's body turns up at a construction site of local building magnate John Dawson, Eddie has another thread to pull. By now, he's begun an affair with Paula, the widowed mother, and he suspects collusion among Dawson, the police, and his newspaper - but what are they covering up? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An epic tale of murder, corruption and obsession.


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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK]





Release Date:

11 November 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of the trilogy, "Red Riding", derives from two main sources - Yorkshire, the location of the crimes, and Red Riding Hood, the traditional tale. Yorkshire, a county of England, is divided into three sections or ridings. The action takes place in the West Riding. One of the girls who goes missing is wearing a red anorak or hooded jacket, and one of the attackers bears the nickname, Wolf. See more »


[first lines]
Eddie Dunford: Little girl goes missing, the pack salivates. If it bleeds it leads, right? Eddie Dunford, crime correspondent, back home to take the north. Business first. Dad won't mind waiting.
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No surprises but good
22 August 2011 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

I must have missed something while watching "Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974" because I did not see a spectacular film as some tend to say about it. What I saw was a well made film but nothing so outstanding about a journalist trying to stop a serial killer who murdered little girls back in 1974.

Eddie Dunford (Andrew Garfield) is a persistent yet very naive journalist trying to solve the case behind the disappearance of some girls from the surroundings. The more he goes with the story he'll find more and more trouble, to the point of having a strange tendency of getting punched by corrupt cops who don't want him near of the people who might know what's the truth behind the deaths. Haven't we seen that before?

The film wasn't strong enough to make me feel deeply interested at certain parts (the course of Eddie's investigations are quite boring, so in order to lift things higher the director gives us lots of sex scenes, a little bit pointless but interesting to see, specially because Garfield is in all of that). It's very well made, well acted specially by Garfield and Sean Bean, who plays a powerful businessman. The historical reconstruction, art direction and costumes (the corny pants Andrew wears are priceless) are really good. But I'm a little saturated of plots like that, very surpriseless and very obvious.

So, I made my point of what works in this piece. If you think you should see it go forward. It's up to you. Totally recommendable for fans of Garfield, Bean, Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan, David Morrissey and others. 6/10

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