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Homaged in Endeavour S5/6 Icarus [11/3/18] See more »
[John Ebony's first day teaching. The students are taking turns reading from a history book]
hypotenuse... hypotenuse... hypotenuse
Who's that muttering?
He can't help it, sir.
He says 'hypotenuse' all the time, sir.
He likes the word.
Mr. Pelham said he was 'hypotenus-ed' by it, sir!
Stop it! Very well, you've had ample warning. This form will kept in on Saturday afternoon from 2:30.
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In the closing credits, when the names of actors playing the schoolboys appear they are listed in alphabetical order according to the character's surname. This is so as to resemble the class's register. The character of 'Zigo' appears at the very end but as he never appears in the film, instead of an actor being credited, it merely says "Zigo....Absent". See more »
Entertaining, although not very ambitious or distinctive
It's a very peculiar movie, which perhaps could only have been fully explained in semi-supernatural terms, although it never takes that step. The later sequences where murder seems entirely possible (particularly as they terrorize Seymour) are very unsettling. The movie is also a pretty effective exploding of the public school upper-crust ethos, depicting the boys as determined to get good university scholarships (perceived by them as the next thing to a divine right) while doing as little work as possible. That aside, it's not very ambitious or enormously distinctive - the portrayal of the school beyond the class itself is pretty vague and Hemmings' specific strategy - focusing on finding the ringleader - is fairly indistinctly plotted. Leonard Maltin's review refers to the actual killer's identity being revealed after closing credits but that wasn't the case in the print seen here (quite a let down, actually). The movie should surely have reached further into metaphor or broader meaning or SOMETHING. But even so, it kept me watching until 3.15 am one morning.
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