It was a bit of a fluke actually that we found "The Scapegoat". No one had recommended it, neither of us had ever heard of it and the actors were not familiar names to us, but we felt we had nothing to lose by turning it on. After all, if it wasn't a good movie, we could certainly stop it and select another.
Within moments, we were pulled into the British world of the past and completely enthralled in the movie plot.
"The Scapegoat" Movie Plot Synopsis
By chance, a wealthy businessman meets an out of work teacher who looks exactly like him. The businessman appears to befriend the teacher and plies him with drinks until he is quite drunk. In the morning the teacher awakens to find that the businessman has taken the liberty of trading lives with him. Even before he has a chance to fully grasp what is happening to him, a chauffeur, believing he is the businessman, has "helped" his employer to the car and they are fast on the way home.
We quickly start learning, right along with the teacher, what a deceitful, cheating, treacherously duplicitous character the businessman is in life. It is easy to understand why he would want to escape his crumbling "house of cards" life and leave someone else to deal with the failures in business and his personal life.
But, what looks obvious is not the complete story.
This is a must see movie that will appeal to mystery movie lovers as well as the romantics.
"The Scapegoat" Movie Based on a Book
I cannot tell you how surprised I was to discover this morning that "The Scapegoat" is based on a book written by Daphne du Maurier, who just happens to be one of my all time favorite authors.
It made me wonder if I have previously read the book and simply did not recognize the plot in movie form. As we all know, movie screenplays don't always follow the books perfectly, but are often more loosely based on a book.
Regardless, I will reading the book, perhaps for the first time, over the next few days and I am quite certain it will also be fabulous.
"The Scapegoat" Movie Rating
I highly recommend "The Scapegoat". It really is a great movie and deserves a lot more recognition that it has received.
In my opinion, "The Scapegoat" is a 5 star, must see movie!
|5 out of 5 stars|
One additional note: The DVD that is available on Amazon.com will not play on most DVD players sold in the US or Canada.
We watched it on Netflix.
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