There`s no doubt that Arthur - Nigel Hawthorne - is the head of the Winslow family. Things tend to go the way he wants... and he`s quite happy for daughter Catherine - Rebecca Pidgeon - to make an advantageous marriage to John Watherstone - Aden Gillett. Their engagement is announced. But then something unexpected happens - the youngest Winslow boy Ronnie - Guy Edwards - is sent home from naval college because he was accused of stealing a 5 shilling postal order. Ronnie maintains his innocence. Arthur is a man of principle. He wants his son to have a fair trial, but the naval college wants the whole affair swept under the carpet. Arthur persists, involving the press, and ultimately one of the country`s great prosecuting attorney`s Sir Robert Morton ... This is not a film about grand heroics, it`s about small heroes taking a stand on principle. As always Nigel Hawthorne delivers a beautifully honed performance as Arthur, Gemma Jones is wondrously believable as his wife who wants to support her husband but who sees their financial and social world crumbling... Jeremy Northam is terrific as Morton, a man of more contemporary astuteness than one would at first suspect... Rebecca Pidgeon who plays Catherine, the suffragette daughter, and who is also the director David Mamet`s wife sits oddly in this production. Her acting style is Mamet`s preferred one, arch dead-pan, and it doesn`t really match the styles around her. However, this is about the only flaw in this quietly dignified film that is ultimately so satisfying... David`s Comments: A fine adaptation of Terence Rattigan*s very English play in which the British establishment is rocked over the theft of a postal order. Mamet gets great performances out of the entire cast, and it was a neat touch to have brother and sister play brother and sister. Above all, he teases out the unspoken romance between Catherine Winslow and the arrogant, conservative but charming Sir Robert Morton. Interesting, too, that Mamet avoids the trial scene which, for many directors, would have been the centerpiece of the drama - instead, the film seems to be about what`s going on when the really big issues are occurring offscreen.