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Good is a 2008 drama film based on the stage play of the same name by C. P. Taylor. It stars Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, and Jodie Whittaker, and was directed by Vicente Amorim. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 8 September 2008.

Directed byVicente Amorim
Produced byMiriam Segal
Written byC.P. Taylor
John Wrathall
StarringViggo Mortensen
Jason Isaacs
Jodie Whittaker
Music bySimon Lacey
CinematographyAndrew Dunn
Edited byJohn Wilson
Distributed byTHINKFilm (USA)
Lionsgate (UK)
Release date
  • 8 September 2008 (2008-09-08) (TIFF)
  • 11 December 2008 (2008-12-11) (Hungary)
  • 17 April 2009 (2009-04-17) (United Kingdom)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$15 million
Box office$1.5 million




Producer Miriam Segal had wanted to turn C. P. Taylor's play into a film ever since she saw it in 1981. Good premiered in London in September 1981, with Alan Howard as John Halder, and transferred to Broadway in 1982. "I was simply overwhelmed by the play, and knew immediately I would do whatever was necessary to produce the film adaptation", Segal has stated.

In 2003, 22 years after the play's premiere, she finally secured the rights. Her former classmate, Jason Isaacs, signed on to be one of the film’s executive producers, and Viggo Mortensen, who had been very impressed by the play when visiting London as a young actor in 1981, agreed to play the lead. The film was shot entirely on location in Budapest in 2007.

Critical receptionEdit

The film was poorly received by critics and its release was limited.[1] It currently holds a 33% Rotten rating on RottenTomatoes.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Film Reviews (16 April 2009). "Good: Review". Telegraph. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Good (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 January 2016.

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