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Inspector Morse: Deceived By Flight

Inspector Morse: Deceived By Flight

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Inspector Morse: Deceived By Flight

When the Clarets XI Old Boy's cricket team convenes midst the spires and steeples that constitute medieval Oxford for their traditional annual match, Sergeant Lewis (Kevin Whately), an avid cricket fan and the long-suffering Dr. Watson to Chief Inspector Morse's (the late John Thaw) Sherlock Holmes, is accorded an undercover assignment which, he soon discovers, is a source of both joyous anticipation and considerable angst.

It would seem that an esteemed member of the Clarets XI, and, interestingly enough, former schoolmate of our beloved Chief Inspector, has, before the first ball is bowled, met his premature extinction.

Although the college quarters in which he was briefly housed suggests no indication of foul play, Morse cannot accept that his old acquaintance—a distinguished solicitor and, ostensibly blissfully wed, father of two lovely daughters—committed suicide. Hence the source of Sergeant Lewis' ambivalency is revealed, for he is called upon to infiltrate the Clarets XI Old Boy's cricket team by posing as an accomplished cricketer, through which means it is hoped that he may discover and convey vital information to the resolute Chief Inspector.

“I stumble around. That's what I do. Sometimes I stumble in the right direction.”
—Chief Inspector Morse addressing Kate Donn

Alas, the life of a fictional detective is rarely unencumbered or straightforward. Whilst the plot and subplots afford the discerning mystery devotee far more than the prerequisite labyrinth of clues, facts, and red herrings necessary to stave off tiresomeness and a precocious solution, it is the sublime quality of this production which truly enthralls the connoisseur of the genre.



Although developed for television, every aspect of this production bespeaks the merits of a first-class feature film (in my opinion, far superior to the mediocre CG and Fx spectacles on which Hollywood appears to rely). The writer, director, cast, and crew (all experienced in theatrical releases of the highest caliber and some of whom are Academy Award recipients) are among the finest that Great Britain has to offer. The chemistry between and the screen personas of the various players in combination with a very tight and well-written screenplay and the grandeur that is old Oxford result in a presentation of which the viewer will not soon tire.

While not in the least unappreciative of the serpentine convolutions of the mystery from which this cinematic delight derives its raison d'être, it is the dialogue, interaction, complexity, and emotional involvement of the gifted cast members entwined with the scrupulously selected settings, masterful cinematography, Barrington Pheloung's original score, and the technical excellence, talent, and consummate professionalism of director and crew that enable the viewer to seamlessly accompany Chief Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis as they strive to make safe the environs of Colin Dexter's Oxford.


 DVD Information:

  • Actor/Actress: John Thaw, Kevin Whately
  • Characters Created by: Colin Dexter
  • Executive Producer: Ted Childs
  • Produced by: Chris Burt
  • Director: Anthony Simmons
  • Screenplay by: Anthony Minghella
  • Music by: Barrington Pheloung
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment and Multimedia Limited
  • Date of Original Broadcast: January 18, 1989
  • Runtime: Approximately 102M
  • Rating: NR
  • Language: English
  • Color: Yes
  • Closed Captioned: N
  • ISBN: 0-7733-1540-3



  • John Thaw (The Waiting Time, A Year in Provence, Goodnight Mr. Tom) as Inspector Morse
  • Kevin Whately (The English Patient. Peak Practice) as Sergeant Lewis
  • Amanda Hillwood as Pathologist, Dr. Grayling Russell


 Guest Stars:

  • Peter Amory as Detective Constable Hilaire
  • Geoffrey Beevers as Peter Foster
  • Jane Booker as Philippa Foster
  • Ann Bryson as Radio Producer's Assistant
  • Martin Chamberlain as Captain
  • Charles Collingwood as Cassidy
  • Nicky Henson as Vince Cranston
  • Kit Jackson as Player
  • Elin Jenkins as Woman Police Constable
  • Brian Johnston as Cricket Commentator
  • Daniel Massey as Anthony Donn
  • Sharon Maughan as Kate Donn
  • Stephen Moore as Radio Producer
  • David Shaw Parker as Forensic Sergeant
  • Nathaniel Parker as Jamie Jasper
  • John Patrick as Patrol Officer
  • Andrew Paul as Suspect
  • Bryan Pringle as Barker
  • Norman Rodway as Roland Marshall
  • Adam Tomlinson as Batsman


 Special Features:

  • Region 1 (U.S. and Canada)
  • Keep Case
  • Full Frame - 1.33
  • Biographies
  • Selected Filmographies
  • Trivia
  • Scene Selection
  • Interactive Menus
  • Dolby Digital
  • DVD Video
Condition: New Retail Price: $19.98 USD Our Price: $15.00 USD

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Date of Original Broadcast:
  • January 18, 1989
  • BFS Entertainment and Multimedia Limited
DVD Manufactured in:
  • Canada
Keep Case Height:
  • 7 1/2 inches
Keep Case Width:
  • 5 3/8 inches
Keep Case Depth:
  • 1/2 inch
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