The Rook


1h 25m 1994

Brief Synopsis

An eccentric mystery set in the 19th century--the story unfolds as John Abbott is sent to investigate the murder of a young woman. As he descends a winding road into town in a mule-drawn carriage, he reads from his prayer book and observes the countryside. Once Abbott enters the grey, industrial ham

Film Details

Also Known As
Rook
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Crime
Period
Release Date
1994
Distribution Company
ATTITUDE

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m

Synopsis

An eccentric mystery set in the 19th century--the story unfolds as John Abbott is sent to investigate the murder of a young woman. As he descends a winding road into town in a mule-drawn carriage, he reads from his prayer book and observes the countryside. Once Abbott enters the grey, industrial hamlet of Sutheridge, the world mutates into a gloomy and decaying destortion of an old time vision of modern times in the 1800s. Confident, he begins to collect evidence but soon is interrupted by a corrupt local government. The case turns out to be much more confusing and dangerous than first imagined. His success is threatened by an underground revolution and a deceptive bureaucracy which operates a maze of secret tunnels, and uses mechanical devices designed to distort and conceal information. Abbott needs to interpret the cryptic clues underlying the case, but his stubborn resistance against evil leads him toward self destruction as he faces a targic destiny.

Film Details

Also Known As
Rook
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Crime
Period
Release Date
1994
Distribution Company
ATTITUDE

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1994

Released in United States June 1998

Released in United States March 19, 1999

Released in United States March 1996

Released in United States September 1994

Released in United States Summer June 6, 1997

Shown at Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) in New York City September 18-26, 1994.

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (out of competition) August 25 - September 5, 1994.

Shown at Mystfest in Cattolica, Italy June 1998.

Shown at South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas March 8-17, 1996.

Awarded best director and best screenwriter at the 1998 Mystfest in Cattolica, Italy.

Released in United States 1994 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (out of competition) August 25 - September 5, 1994.)

Released in United States March 1996 (Shown at South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas March 8-17, 1996.)

Released in United States March 19, 1999 (The Screening Room; New York City)

Released in United States September 1994 (Shown at Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) in New York City September 18-26, 1994.)

Released in United States June 1998 (Shown at Mystfest in Cattolica, Italy June 1998.)

Released in United States Summer June 6, 1997