The Comedians (1967)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  31 October 1967 (USA)
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A cynical Welsh hotel owner secretly romances a diplomat's wife in Haiti under the violent reign of the despot "Papa Doc" Duvalier.



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Complete credited cast:
Martha Pineda
Major H. O. Jones
Ambassador Manuel Pineda
Mrs. Smith
Henri Philipot
Petit Pierre
Mrs. Philipot
Dr. Magiot
Douta Seck ...
Raymond St. Jacques ...
Captain Concasseur
Marie Therese


Set in the Haiti of "Papa Doc" Duvalier, The Comedians tells the story of a sardonic Welsh hotel owner and his encroaching fatalism as he watches Haiti sink into barbarism and poverty. Complications include his inability to sell the hotel so he can leave, a friendship with a rebel leader, some politically "charged" hotel guests, an affair with the German-born wife of a South American ambassador, and the manipulations of a British arms dealer who's in over his head. Written by Max Chandler <>

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They lie, they cheat, they destroy...they even try to love.




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31 October 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los comediantes  »

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2.35 : 1
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To get Elizabeth Taylor to do the film at a "bargain" salary, producer/director Peter Glenville told her that he had offered it to Sophia Loren. She promptly cut her customary $1 million salary in half and signed on. See more »


When Brown and Jones wake up in the country graveyard, it is supposed to be morning and their shadows are clear on the large gravestone right behind them where they slept, even though it is bright all around them. But as Brown moves through the graveyard, his shadow splits into multiple shadows at different angles, revealing that there are multiple lights from different angles. And in fact, before long several more realistic sun-cast shadows appear on the ground around him from taller objects, pointing in the opposite direction from the artificial lighting, showing that the sun is actually behind and above them, just past noon, and not low in front of them. See more »


Dr. Magiot: I'm worried about young Philipot. I had a message from him today.
Brown: Does he share your faith?
Dr. Magiot: He doesn't read Karl Marx, if that's what you mean. Rebels are not always communists, unless America insists.
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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

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Very good and politically informing movie.
9 August 2002 | by (Sheffield, Alabama) – See all my reviews

This movie is another of the many forgotten ones. The story line, though highly condensed, is faithful to the novel on which it is based. Both the novel and the film have relevant political lessons in spite of the writer's sanitized view of the communist party. I first saw this movie at a theater with my mother who presumed it would be funny. It frightened me since I was a second-grader who thought the atrocities were occurring in Florida because of the palm trees and proximity to the sea.

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