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An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (film)

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Director  Chris Petit
Producer  Michael Relph
Language  English
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Mystery
Costume design  Marit Allen
Country  United Kingdom
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (film) movie poster
Cast  Billie Whitelaw
Writer  P. D. James, Elizabeth McKay
Release date  February 1982
Similar movies  Under Suspicion (1991)

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An Unsuitable Job for a Woman is a 1982 British crime film directed by Chris Petit. It was entered into the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival. It is based on the novel of the same name by P. D. James.



After finding her former boss, a private detective, is dead and has left her his agency, Cordelia Gray is asked to investigate the suicide of the man's son. She becomes obsessed with the boy and his suspicious death.


  • Billie Whitelaw as Elizabeth Leaming
  • Paul Freeman as James Calendar
  • Pippa Guard as Cordelia Gray
  • Dominic Guard as Andrew Lunn
  • Elizabeth Spriggs as Miss Markland
  • David Horovitch as Sergeant Maskell
  • Dawn Archibald as Isobel
  • Bernadette Shortt as Temp
  • James Gilbey as Boy
  • Kelda Holmes as Girl
  • Margaret Wade as Secretary
  • Alex Guard as Mark Callender
  • Reception

    In a review in The New York Times, Janet Maslin wrote "As befits an English country-house mystery, the film has enough wood paneling, wildflowers and overall gentility to appeal to the genre's most ardent fans. But a couple of the film's transitions are abrupt enough to make the head spin, and its final action sequences are woefully perfunctory. The denouement is as disappointing as Mr. Petit's inability to breathe life into Cordelia, her sleuthing and her peculiar obsession." A review in Variety summarized; "Perhaps it is unfair to unravel this tale which is handled from a distance by director Christopher Petit robbing it of a more forceful narration, timing and revelation."


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