Drowning by Numbers

Drowning by Numbers (1988)

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date: 1988-09-10
  • User Rating: 7.5/10 from 70 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 58min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Film Four International
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, Netherlands
  • Director:
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An ironic black comedy of love and death that takes place an a lyrically beautiful landscape. Three related women, all named Cissie Colpitts share a solidarity for one another which brings about three copy-cat drownings. The local coroner is in love with all three women and helps to disguise the murders.

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  • Joan Plowright

    as Cissie Colpitts 1
  • Juliet Stevenson

    as Cissie Colpitts 2
  • Joely Richardson

    as Cissie Colpitts 3
  • Bernard Hill

    as Madgett
  • Jason Edwards

    as Smut
  • Bryan Pringle

    as Jake
  • Trevor Cooper

    as Hardy
  • David Morrissey

    as Bellamy
  • John Rogan

    as Gregory
  • Jane Gurnett

    as Nancy
  • Kenny Ireland

    as Jonah Bognor
  • Michael Percival

    as Moses Bognor
  • Joanna Dickens

    as Mrs. Hardy
  • Janine Duvitski

    as Marina Bellamy
  • Paul Mooney

    as Teigan
Editing John Wilson Editor
Camera Sacha Vierny Director of Photography
Sound Michael Nyman Original Music Composer
Art Jan Roelfs Production Design
Production Sharon Howard-Field Casting
Directing Peter Greenaway Director
Writing Peter Greenaway Writer
Art Ben van Os Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Dien van Straalen Costume Design
Production Kees Kasander Producer
Production Denis Wigman Producer
Production Evelien Jansen Production Manager
Production Peter Jaques Line Producer