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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 »
The aristocratic Tony moves to London and hires the servant Hugo Barrett for all services at home. Barrett seems to be a loyal and competent employee... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 7 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Superb, sinister movie See more (57 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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Some dialogue from the film was used in a remix version of the song "Violet" by Seal. Notably at 5:53,6:23, and 8:05.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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49 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Superb, sinister movie, 25 November 2002
Author: ian_harris from London, England

This is a superb, sinister movie of the very highest class. Unlike the character Tony (James Fox) who is upper class without being high class, if you get my drift. You cannot really sympathise with Tony, who toys with some high falutin' development projects but basically is a wastrel just waiting to be ponced off. Tony is a later-day Bertie Wooster. The sinister element comes from the servant (Dirk Bogarde), who is no Jeeves. Barrett, like Jeeves , is a gentleman's gentleman or valet (not a butler as suggested in some other comments on this film). Tony needs a valet because he is incapable of doing anything much without help. Barrett and his accomplice Vera (Sarah Miles) take Tony to the cleaners, sweeping aside the fiancee Susan (Wendy Craig) in their wake.

Harold Pinter has written the screenplay in similar vein to the superb movie The Accident, also a Losey piece, which I also commend. The cinematography in both movies is simply excellent. The subject matter of The Servant suits Pinter, although much of the screenplay is not really in Pinter's voice. However, there is one scene, set in a restaurant, which includes a tiny cameo by Pinter himself and which contains a short Pinteresque exchange between two women. There is also one tense exchange between Susan and Barrett "do you wear deodorant" etc. which is very reminiscent of a scene in The Caretaker "you stink from arsehole to Thursday" etc. Indeed the story of The Servant resembles The Caretaker in many respects, except that in The Servant the interloper, Barrett, is on top and stays there, whereas in The Caretaker the interloper, Davies, lacks the skill and circumstances to dislodge the incumbent.

There is a homoerotic undercurrent to the film and this works so well because it is an undercurrent (in 1963 there could have been no more than an undercurrent even if they had wanted more). The overt debauchery with Vera and the orgy party towards the end of the film is the only bit of the film that has aged without grace. But I quibble.

This is a truly great film and it deserves to be more widely known.

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