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My cop ending explained – who wrote the letter leaving Patrick?

November 4, 2022

My Policeman post ending explained – who wrote the letter leaving Patrick? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.

We are discussing the Prime Video My Policeman movie ending, which will contain spoilers. Who wrote the letter leaving Patrick? Let’s dive into it.

my policeman follows the story of broken hearts, shattered minds and shattered lives. In 1950s England, Tom Burgess (Harry Styles), a policeman on patrol, meets a dashing museum curator, Patrick Hazlewood (All the old knives David Dawson). At the same time, Burgess woos Marion (The crown’s Emma Corrin), and they are getting married. Marion is however worried because Tom is never affectionate with her.

The film oscillates between the 50s and the 90s. Years later, the eldest Marion (ghost thread’s Gina McKee) brings a weathered Patrick (My best friend’s wedding Rupert Everett) at home because he is sick and can no longer take care of himself. Except, for some reason, a 60-year-old Tom (The wings of the dove Linus Roache) wants nothing to do with him. What happened between them? Since, according to the story, Tom marries Marion, what is his problem since he obviously chose her over his former lover? The plot device is Marion reading Patrick’s old diary in the present day when they were in their twenties.

The reason is that being gay was illegal at that time. (How many of you remember the tragic end of Morten Tyldum The imitation game?). Tom is a young police officer with a career to think about, but their attraction and connection is too much to overcome. Even though Tom is married to Marion and she wants to start a family soon. However, even Marion has suspicions about their relationship. One evening, when Patrick shows up unannounced to cook them dinner at their country house, Tom gets upset with Patrick. It’s the kind of anger that comes from a passionate courtship. The next day, Marion catches them kissing and cuddling in the barn on their property.

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Marion is understandably upset, but chooses to help Tom by taking him upstairs to have sex. Even after all her efforts, Marion can’t shake the feeling that Tom and Patrick are in love. Then, when Patrick asks Marion to take Tom to Venice to be his assistant, she’s had enough. She confronts Tom, who denies it and calls his wife irrational. Upon their return, Patrick is arrested because someone with knowledge of his personal life wrote about his workplace.

My cop ending explained – who wrote the letter leaving Patrick?

Who wrote the letter leaving Patrick? And what was in it? An accusation that he was gay and that he should not be around children. Even though Marion testified in her favor during her trial, it turns out that Tom may be her lover. Marion’s husband loses his job and Patrick goes to prison, beaten daily for two years. Marion confronts Tom about not visiting Patrick in prison. Tom says he wants nothing to do with him and “be” with Marion.

The film ends with the older Tom crying in his car when he sees a young gay man in the store. Marion tells Tom that she is leaving him because she spent so much time looking after Tom and being his beard that she forgot to care about herself. Tom begs her not to leave him, partly because he can’t be alone. Marion then confesses to having written the letter to the museum because she felt betrayed and as if her husband was taunting her with postcards from Italy. The final scenes show Marion leaving and catching a cab to reenter the world as Tom finally walks into Patrick’s room and puts a hand on her shoulder.

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Patrick pulls back and holds his former lover’s hand on his shoulder.

Being gay in England was illegal until the Sexual Offenses Act of 1967. This act permitted “homosexual” acts between two consenting adults over the age of twenty-one. Before this law, men and women were forced to live their lives in secret. (The Prime Video series A league apart deals almost exclusively with the subject in 1940s America). If caught, you could spend time in jail or choose the option of chemical castration. The latter involved injections that reduced a gay man’s libido. This chemical was a synthetic estrogen.

The result ruined lives and prevented people from living their own truth, which is a popular thought process today. It certainly wasn’t in the fifties or when the movie is set in the nineties. The point of the film is that you only have one life, and living it for others is no way to live at all.

What did you think of the ending of My Policeman? Comments below.

My Policeman post ending explained – who wrote the letter leaving Patrick? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.