The Oxford Murders (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Oxford Murders (2008)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 12,425 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 18 January 2008 (Spain)
  • Runtime: 108 min
  • Filming Location: London, England, UK
  • Budget: $10,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $3,607(USA)(15 August 2010)
  • Director: Álex de la Iglesia
  • Stars: Elijah Wood, John Hurt and Leonor Watling
  • Original Music By: Roque Baños   
  • Soundtrack: The King of Denmark's Galiard
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Murder | Symbol | 1990s | Oxford England | Some Scenes In Black And White

Writing Credits By:

  • Álex de la Iglesia (screenplay) (as Alex de la Iglesia) &
  • Jorge Guerricaechevarría (screenplay) (as Jorge Guerricachevarria)
  • Guillermo Martínez (novel "Crímenes imperceptibles")

Known Trivia

  • Michael Caine was approached by director Álex de la Iglesia to play the leading role. Jeremy Irons was also considered for this part that, ultimately, went to John Hurt.
  • The “Bormat’s Last Theorem” that is solved in the movie is clearly a reference to Fermat’s Last Theorem. Like Bormat’s theorem in the movie, Fermat’s theorem was widely considered to be (one of) the most difficult problems of the last 300 years. It was solved fairly recently (in 1995 by Andrew Wiles). It was solved using elliptic curves, and the proof was first demonstrated at Cambridge. Like the proof of Bormat’s theorem in the movie, the proving of Fermat’s was a very big deal in the world of number theory.
  • The film gives a nod to director Brian De Palma with an apparently seamless 2+ minute tracking shot, traveling through multiple interior and exterior locations to reveal the first murder victim.
  • During the initial introduction between Martin (Elijah Wood) and Mrs. Eagleton (Anna Massey), they speak about her replica of the German Enigma cipher machine. Mrs. Eagleton states everything was done manually to break the Enigma messages. Mrs. Eagleton states “there were no computers in those days (World War II)” and “calculations were done by hand.” Actually, the British, working in Bletchley Park, did build a computer called Colossus by January 1944. Colossus was constructed with up to 2,400 vacuum tubes and programmers used approx. 1″ wide paper tape to store programming. By the end of the war, Bletchley Park was using 10 Colossus computers to break various German cipher machines, including Enigma.
  • John Hurt’s character dresses as Guy Fawkes for Guy Fawkes Day. In V for Vendetta, a fake V removes his Guy Fawkes mask, revealing himself to be Adam Sutler, played by John Hurt.

Goofs: Continuity: During the camera panning at >20min. when Wood is riding his bike and parks it by the fence and passes the tree, the camera cues anew. Wood's arm nearest the camera after he exits the tree does not match the way it was positioned when he entered behind the tree.

Plot: At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try and stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols. |  »

Story: At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try and stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols.

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Produced By:

  • Álvaro Augustín known as producer
  • Mariela Besuievski known as executive producer
  • Vérane Frédiani known as producer (as Verane Frediani)
  • Carolina Godayol known as associate producer
  • Gerardo Herrero known as producer
  • Kevin Loader known as producer
  • Franck Ribière known as producer (as Franch Ribiere)
  • Rosa Romero known as line producer
  • Álex de la Iglesia known as producer (uncredited)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Elijah Wood known as Martin
  • John Hurt known as Arthur Seldom
  • Leonor Watling known as Lorna
  • Julie Cox known as Beth
  • Jim Carter known as Inspector Petersen
  • Alex Cox known as Kalman
  • Burn Gorman known as Yuri Podorov
  • Dominique Pinon known as Frank
  • Anna Massey known as Mrs. Eagleton
  • Danny Sapani known as Scott
  • Alan David known as Mr. Higgins
  • Tim Wallers known as Defense Lawyer
  • James Weber Brown known as Doctor
  • Ian East known as Howard Green
  • Charlotte Asprey known as Howard Green's Wife
  • Tom Frederic known as Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • Michael Mears known as Mathematician 2
  • James Howard known as Newscaster
  • Luing Andrews known as Security Guard
  • Sarah Crowden known as Shop Assistant
  • Bruce Jamieson known as Soldier 1
  • Thomas Snowdon known as Soldier 2
  • Duane Henry known as Policeman 1
  • John Wark known as Policeman 2
  • Bill Weston known as Percussionist
  • Glyn Angell known as Student (uncredited)
  • Roque Baños known as Conductor (uncredited)
  • Joyce Datiles known as Oxford Student (uncredited)
  • Martin Nigel Davey known as Professor Wilkes (uncredited)
  • James Fiddy known as Inspector (uncredited)
  • Shane Nolan known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • John Snowden known as Professor in Lecture (uncredited)
  • Simon Steggall known as Orchestral extra (uncredited)
  • Naomi Westerman known as Argumentative Student (uncredited)

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  • Karen Cohen known as hair stylist: daily crew
  • Karen Cohen known as makeup artist: daily crew
  • Carmel Jackson known as hair stylist
  • Carmel Jackson known as makeup artist
  • Sidonay Jackson known as hair stylist: daily crew
  • Sidonay Jackson known as makeup artist: daily crew
  • Ely Jim known as hair stylist: daily crew
  • Ely Jim known as makeup artist: daily crew
  • Jon Moore known as prosthetics: daily crew (as John Moore)
  • Matthew O'Toole known as prosthetics: daily crew (as Matt O'Toole)
  • Jan Sewell known as hair designer
  • Jan Sewell known as makeup designer
  • Lesley Smith known as hair stylist: daily crew
  • Lesley Smith known as makeup artist: daily crew
  • Xanthia White known as hair stylist: daily crew
  • Xanthia White known as makeup artist: daily crew
  • Neill Gorton known as prosthetic effects designer (uncredited)
  • Peter Hawkins known as prosthetic effects (uncredited)
  • Anthony Parker known as prosthetic effects (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Ed Baker known as prop hand: daily crew
  • Caroline Barclay known as stand-by art director
  • Pete Britten known as art department: daily crew (as Pete Brittan)
  • Giles Brown known as prop hand: daily crew
  • Rebecca Chidgey known as art department assistant (as Rebecca Thompson)
  • David Dickinson known as stand-by carpenter (as Dave Dickenson)
  • Ricky Eyers known as dressing props
  • Craig Falco known as art department: daily crew
  • Lee Gordon known as prop hand
  • Kate Halsall known as art department assistant
  • Shane Harford known as stand-by props
  • Ben Lack known as art department runner
  • Ray McNeill known as property master
  • Pascale Michalski known as art department: daily crew (as Pascale Micalski)
  • Adam Moore known as art department: daily crew
  • Richard North known as art department: daily crew (as Rick North)
  • Camise Oldfield known as art department trainee
  • Tom Roberts known as stand-by props
  • Scott Rogers known as prop hand: daily crew
  • Hugo Slight known as construction manager
  • Michael Spence known as art department: daily crew (as Mike Spence)
  • Jo Sweeney known as graphic designer
  • Paul Turner known as dressing props
  • Alex Walklate known as art department: daily crew
  • Tony Watts known as art department: daily crew
  • Trevor 'Trog' Williams known as art department: daily crew
  • Steve Wingrove known as art department runner
  • Peter Woods known as prop hand: daily crew (as Pete Woods)
  • Steven Burkett known as painter (uncredited)
  • Louis Turner known as dressing props: dailies (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Eurimages (financial support)
  • La Fabrique de Films
  • Telecinco Cinema
  • Tornasol Films

Other Companies:

  • AFM Lighting  lighting
  • ARRI Media  camera equipment and cranes
  • Abbey Road Studios  music studio (as Abbey Road)
  • Ace Minibus  minibuses
  • Angels  costumer
  • Arion Facilities  telecine (as Arion Communications)
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  phones and radios (as Audiolink)
  • Avion  travel agent: UK
  • Axium  payroll
  • BBC Costume and Wigs  costumer
  • Baptty & Co.  armourers (as Bapty & Co.)
  • Bickers Action Vehicles  tracking vehicles (as Bickers Action)
  • Capello Media Solutions  clearances
  • Carlo Manzi Rentals  costumer (as Carlo Manzi)
  • Cinevent On Line  insurance broker (as Cinevent Online)
  • Cosprop  costumer
  • Docfarla Medical Support  medical coordination
  • Dynamic International  shipping
  • Estudios Finisterre  editing equipment
  • Fatts  post-production script services
  • Fayre Do's  catering
  • Film IT  production management software (as Film Fabric)
  • Fist Vehicle Rental  car and van hire
  • Fuji Photo Film  film stock
  • Gim Figurines  miniature figurines
  • Gruamecano  grip equipment
  • Helicopter Film Services  wescam
  • Leelium Balloons  helium balloons (as Leelium Ballons)
  • Mad Dog Casting  crowd casting
  • Mediscene  medical equipment
  • Melliam Music  music production
  • Metro Rigging & Drape Hire  rigging equipment
  • Midnite Express  couriers
  • Movie Lot, The  location security
  • Nationwide Access  plant hire
  • On Set Location Services  facilities (as On-Set Location Services)
  • Panavision London  tower cam
  • Porteria de Jorge Juan, La  unit publicist: Spain
  • Premier PR  unit publicist: UK
  • Richmond Film Services  sound equipment
  • SEDE (Cinearte)  sound post-production
  • Sara Curran Solicitors  legal services
  • Scallywag Travel  travel agent: UK
  • Sfxgb  special effects (as SFX GB)
  • Shipleys  auditors
  • St. Albans Van & Car Rental  car and van hire
  • TLO Vehicles in Action  action vehicles
  • Three Mills Island Studios  production office (as 3 Mills Studios)
  • Totom  construction

Distributors:

  • Audio Visual Enterprises (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Magnolia Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Odeon Sky Filmworks (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Pachamama Cine (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2009) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Bazuca Films (2008) (Chile) (all media)
  • Contender Entertainment Group (2008) (UK) (DVD)
  • Deltamac Entertainment (2011) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Deltamac Entertainment (2011) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Imagem Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Paradiso Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Umbrella Entertainment (2010) (Australia) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • VVS Films (2010) (Canada) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Barfutura (title and graphic design)
  • El Ranchito (visual effects)
  • Millennium FX (prosthetics)

Visual Effects by:

  • Nike Alonso known as visual effects producer (as Niké Alonso)
  • Segundo Casero known as computer graphics artist
  • Aníbal del Busto known as shake artist
  • Eduardo Díaz known as shake artist
  • Pablo Hernández-Meléndez known as computer graphics artist
  • Inma Nadela known as shake artist
  • Guillermo Orbe known as compositing supervisor
  • Magoga Piñas known as computer graphic artist
  • Ramón Ramos known as shake artist
  • Thorsten Rienth known as shake artist
  • Rubén Sanz known as visual effects line producer
  • Rafa Solorzano known as visual effects supervisor (as Rafael Solórzano)
  • Carlos Trijueque known as shake artist
  • Daniel Trujillo known as shake artist
  • Félix Bergés known as visual effects supervisor (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Spain 18 January 2008
  • Germany 8 February 2008 (European Film Market)
  • France 26 March 2008
  • Italy 11 April 2008
  • UK 25 April 2008
  • Argentina 8 May 2008
  • Chile 5 September 2008
  • Belgium 1 October 2008
  • Philippines 3 October 2008 (Spanish Film Festival)
  • Singapore 30 October 2008
  • Greece 20 November 2008
  • Germany 16 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 11 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Turkey 27 March 2009
  • Netherlands 21 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Peru 1 October 2009
  • USA 2 July 2010 (Video On Demand)
  • Brazil 22 September 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 28 January 2011 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for language, sexual content/nudity and some violence/disturbing images

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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