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Harold Pinter (screenplay)
Robin Maugham (novel)
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Release Date:
16 March 1964 (USA) See more »
A Terrifyingly Beautiful Motion Picture! See more »
An upper-class man hires a servant who turns out to have a hidden agenda. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 7 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Disturbing but fascinating psychological drama See more (59 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dirk Bogarde ... Barrett

Sarah Miles ... Vera

Wendy Craig ... Susan

James Fox ... Tony

Catherine Lacey ... Lady Mounset

Richard Vernon ... Lord Mounset

Ann Firbank ... Society Woman

Doris Nolan ... Older Woman (as Doris Knox)

Patrick Magee ... Bishop
Jill Melford ... Younger Woman
Alun Owen ... Curate

Harold Pinter ... Society Man
Derek Tansley ... Head Waiter
Brian Phelan ... Man in Pub
Hazel Terry ... Woman in Bedroom
Philippa Hare ... Girl in Bedroom
Dorothy Bromiley ... Girl in Phone Box
Alison Seebohm ... Girl in Pub
Chris Williams ... Cashier in Coffee Bar
Gerry Duggan ... Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Dankworth ... Jazz Band Leader (uncredited)
Harriet Devine ... Girl (uncredited)
Davy Graham ... Guitarist (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Colette Martin ... Girl (uncredited)
Joanna Wake ... Girl (uncredited)
Bruce Wells ... Sidewalk Painter (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Losey 
Writing credits
Harold Pinter (screenplay)

Robin Maugham (novel "The Servant")

Produced by
Joseph Losey .... producer
Norman Priggen .... producer
Original Music by
John Dankworth 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Reginald Mills 
Production Design by
Richard Macdonald 
Set Decoration by
Ted Clements 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson 
Makeup Department
Joyce James .... hairdresser
Bob Lawrance .... makeup artist
Production Management
Teresa Bolland .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Stevens .... assistant director
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound recordist
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Gerry Hambling .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Howard .... camera grip
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
Brian Harris .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Music Department
John Dankworth .... conductor
David Lindup .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Pamela Davies .... continuity
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Paul Mayersberg .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Portugal:17 (censored) | Sweden:15 | UK:12A (theatrical re-release) (2013) | UK:12A (theatrical re-release) (re-rating) (2013) | UK:15 (video rating) (1989) | UK:X (cinema release) (1963) | USA:Unrated

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The first of Harold Pinter's three film collaborations with Joseph Losey. The other two were Accident (1967) and The Go-Between (1971).See more »
Continuity: When Barrett first enters the house, Tony takes his legs down twice before standing up.See more »
[first lines]
Hugo Barrett:Excuse me, sir. My name is Barrett, sir.
Tony:Oh God, of course. I'm so sorry. I fell asleep. We've got an appointment.
Hugo Barrett:Yes, sir.
Tony:What time?
Hugo Barrett:3'o clock, sir.
Tony:And what time is now?
Hugo Barrett:3'o clock, sir.
Tony:Uh, it was too many beers at lunch, that's what it is. Do you drink beer?
Hugo Barrett:No. No, I don't sir.
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34 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Disturbing but fascinating psychological drama, 27 December 2001
Author: Bobs-9 from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Back in the late 1960's or early 70's I discovered this creepy psychological drama on local late-night TV. Once seen, it's never quite forgotten, and it's fascinating to see it once again beautifully restored and uncut in its new DVD release. Aspects of it stick with you years later, most especially the dark, moody torch song with some bizarre lyrics which is played repeatedly throughout the story on Mr. Tony's record player, seeming more sinister with each successive playing. By the time of its final hearing near the end of the movie, its effect is so oppressive that it's a relief when the record player is violently shoved off the table. One telling detail is in the scene where Mr. Tony is left alone after Barrett and Vera are expelled from the house, and his fiancee Susan also disappointedly leaves him. He dejectedly goes to an upstairs bedroom, and on the wall above the bed we see pictures of male body-builders.

The cast is uniformly excellent. This was apparently James Fox's film debut, as his credit indicates `Introducing James Fox.' He was obviously an experienced actor, though. In contrast, four years later he was affecting an American accent, singing and dancing, and amazingly, looking even younger in `Thoroughly Modern Millie.'

This is the sort of role that I always associate Dirk Bogarde with. The way Barrett's malevolent character is gradually revealed, not just through the script, but through Bogarde's facial expressions and body language, is a credit to this great actor's skill. This is one dangerous guy.

`The Servant' is a real gem of early 60's British film.

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