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Red Riding: 1974 (2009)



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A rookie journalist, Eddie Dunford, investigates a series of child abductions and murders, leading him to suspect that there's a terrifying connection between the perpetrators and the upper echelons of Yorkshire power.

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Andrew Garfield
as Eddie Dunford
Anthony Flanagan
as Barry Gannon
David Morrissey
as Maurice Jobson
John Henshaw
as Bill Hadley
Warren Clarke
as Bill Molloy
Sean Bean
as John Dawson
Cathryn Bradshaw
as Marjorie Dawson
Shaun Dooley
as Dick Alderman
Rebecca Hall
as Paula Garland
Sean Harris
as Bob Craven
Gerard Kearns
as Leonard Cole
Eddie Marsan
as Jack Whitehead
Daniel Mays
as Michael Myshkin
Tony Mooney
as Tommy Douglas
Peter Mullan
as Martin Laws
Mary Jo Randle
as Eddie's Mum
Steven Robertson
as Bob Fraser
Cara Seymour
as Mary Cole
Chris Walker
as Jim Prentice
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Critic Reviews for Red Riding: 1974

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

The Red Riding films all come across as great, gritty tales of police corruption and human failing, but it's the first film that has the most impact, mainly because the young reporter Dunford is such a mix of romantic notions.

March 19, 2010 | Rating: A | Full Review…

This is a noir, the kind where the good-for-nothing gumshoe (here, an investigative reporter) has a habit of getting his face bashed in, usually on account of a girl.

March 19, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Each film is enriched by collective detail, but it would have been richer had they played off each other rather than extending the argument.

March 11, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A well-made, expertly performed mystery with the added bonus that there are two more films to watch when this one's over.

March 10, 2010 | Full Review…

It is effective at setting the stage, introducing some of the characters, and capturing the attention of those who love gritty, uncompromising dramas about police corruption and the dark side of human nature.

February 25, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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September 9, 2021 | Rating: 86/100 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Red Riding: 1974

There are so many questionable scenes in this film, which make the film very intriguing to watch, as it is a trilogy, and all the answers will come forth later. Some of the dialogue makes no sense to me, but it is beautifully filmed and well-plotted, making that okay. "Red Riding: 1974" is essentially about finding a killer of children, but quite honestly, there is so much more behind the screen than you make think. Andrew Garfield is brilliant as Eddie Dunford, the journalist who is in deep investigation. The acting is top notch here and the filmmakers really know how to tell a compelling story. This is a great film!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


From the time that Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy had become a world wide accomplishment in crime fiction, there has been a rather large productions of crime fiction films being adapted into cinema. One of which is the Red Riding Trilogy, originally written by David Peace. Now, I know that it is something of a bold statement to say that these crime novels were adapted purely based on the success of Stieg Larsson's novels/ films, but in a way, that seems to be the main idea. Mostly due to people wanting to have a new found taste in crime. But, this is about Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1974. Okay, first thing that I need to talk about in terms of this film, and one of the main slashes against it, is how difficult it is to understand anything that any of the characters are saying. Now, this is mainly a problem due to how thick their accents are. The plus about this is that it allows the film to have that dark, British atmosphere that just makes things all the more creepier. The negative is that you can not understand anything that any of the bloody characters are saying. So, take it as you will. Me personally, I liked it because it just added to the atmosphere and the acting itself explains what the characters are saying. With the direction, nothing really stood out. I mean, yeah, this film was gorgeously shot and the idea of having all the gruesome details spoken about and never shown really did add a good bit to the film. But there are some things that the film could have done without. Mainly talking about the six or more sex scenes that occur. I am glad that you never see anything too explicit, but after a while, it does kind of get irritating and starts slowing down the pace. The one thing about this film that I need to speak of is up and coming star Andrew Garfield. Prior to this film, I saw him in David Fincher's The Social Network and he was fantastic in that film. But here, he is able to steal the show. What mainly impresses me is how he was able to copy the British dialect, the presence, and basically become a character that I doubt he could ever really pull off. But here he did. At the time this review is being written, he is currently promoting his film The Amazing Spider-Man. It is a pity that most American audiences will know him for being in red and blue tights and not as a deranged, sex loving journalist. He is, and will probably be, the main reason why most people will want to see this film and he does not disappoint. In the end, I am a sucker for crime fiction and what we have here is a rather nice, dark start to a film series that chronicles that corruption of the law, the Yorkshire Killer, and the way how anyone tries to stop the hero. Yeah, the film is hard to watch due to the dialects and how thick the accents are, but if you must, put on subtitles and watch this film. Trust me: you won't really be disappointed. Yeah, it is not great or a masterpiece, but it is worth a watch.

Zach Brehany
Zach Brehany

Super Reviewer

An intriguing and compelling neo-noir. Though it has the feeling of being incomplete (as the first part of a three part story), it still manages to give the viewer a sense of how far and wide the corruption really goes. The subtlety of some of the connections made by the protaganist really force the viewer to pay attention or wind up losing track of the case....much like a real investigation.

Idrees Khan
Idrees Khan

Super Reviewer

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