The Draughtsman's Contract
The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)

According to this story of a woman not so much scorned as ignored, life in late 17th-century England among the landed gentry was not what it appeared to be on the surface. Mrs. Herbert (Janet Suzman) is desperate to find a way to please her… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 2, 1982
DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice

Artificial in the extreme, it may nevertheless be Greenaway's most naturalistic and easygoing film.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the best, most original and diabolical films to come out of England.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The Draughtsman's Contract is a thoroughly entertaining murder mystery set in 17th century England.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It shows the director at his best and most playful, and it's a strange delight.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

ravishingly beautiful

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Far from Greenaway's best work. Very far.

Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

A puzzle book for intellectual aesthetes.

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Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

Greenaway ploughs the familiar landscape of the murder mystery, but plants in it new, exotic fruits all of his own.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

This isn't your standard costume drama fare.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Kylie B
There are a lot of good things I can say about this film. The costumes and setting are gorgeous, and all of the performances are great - most of all Anthony… More
hawk ledge
Seductive cinematic puzzle, visually rich with deception, both of fact and motive, permeating the texture. Performances are uniformly excellent, while the… More
Mark Abell
This viewer obviously lacked the historical knowledge or the cinemaphile's love of abstract symbolism to appreciate this. The film was far too obscure for… More
Emily B.
An intelligent and witty film which really requires several viewings to work everything out. The costumes are gloriously over the top, and the Michael Nyman… More
Robert Brogan
The Draughtsman's Contract has everybody clever in an odd way. I cannot make out what it is about. This is neither irritating enough to make me dislike the… More