A collector of ancient battle helmets spends his days as an insurance adjustor. He pursues a woman in an unhappy marriage. Great soundtrack






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Series cast summary:
James Frain ...  Lorimer Black 3 episodes, 2001
Catherine McCormack ...  Flavia 3 episodes, 2001
Stephen Rea ...  Hogg 3 episodes, 2001
Hugh Bonneville ...  Torquil 3 episodes, 2001
James Fox ...  Sir Simon 3 episodes, 2001
Trevor Peacock ...  Marlobe 3 episodes, 2001
Paterson Joseph ...  Alan 3 episodes, 2001
Moses Rockman Moses Rockman ...  James 3 episodes, 2001
Neil Pearson ...  Rintoul 2 episodes, 2001
Victor McGuire ...  Lobby 2 episodes, 2001
Ian McNeice ...  Ivan 2 episodes, 2001
Ron Cook ...  Phil 2 episodes, 2001


A collector of ancient battle helmets spends his days as an insurance adjustor. He pursues a woman in an unhappy marriage. Great soundtrack

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Release Date:

3 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Pimlico, London, England, UK

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1.33 : 1
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Television at its best
4 August 2002 | by Brennan-8See all my reviews

"Armadillo" is an absolutely top-notch film with a complex, absorbing story and brilliant performances. On American tv (with commercials) the movie clocks in at three hours, but you will definitely not be bored. James Frain plays Lorimar Black, a successful young loss adjuster at a posh London insurance firm. He has a sleep disorder and is living something of a double life, but that is the least of his problems compared to what develops in his professional life.

This movie has many plot lines going on, but is always lucid and compelling, thanks to a fine screenplay adapted by the author of the original novel. The stand-out performance is the chameleonic James Frain, who is so natural he never seems to be acting at all. Stephen Rea is hysterical (in both senses of the word) as Frain's paranoid boss. The only bit that didn't quite work for me was Lorimar's romantic obsession with Catherine McCormack's character, Flavia. McCormack is luminous as ever, so we understand why Lorimar would be attracted to her, but she is so bitchy and manipulative with him, Lorimar's passionate pursuit seems slightly masochistic.

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