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Graham Greene (novel)
Graham Greene (screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 October 1967 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They lie, they cheat, they destroy...they even try to love.
Plot:
A cynical Welsh hotel owner secretly romances a diplomat's wife in Haiti under the violent reign of the despot "Papa Doc" Duvalier. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins See more »
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INTERESTING See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Burton ... Brown

Elizabeth Taylor ... Martha Pineda

Alec Guinness ... Major H. O. Jones

Peter Ustinov ... Ambassador Manuel Pineda

Paul Ford ... Smith

Lillian Gish ... Mrs. Smith

Georg Stanford Brown ... Henri Philipot

Roscoe Lee Browne ... Petit Pierre

Gloria Foster ... Mrs. Philipot

James Earl Jones ... Dr. Magiot

Zakes Mokae ... Michel
Douta Seck ... Joseph
Raymond St. Jacques ... Captain Concasseur

Cicely Tyson ... Marie Therese
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robin Langford ... Angelito Pineda (uncredited)
Dennis Alaba Peters ... César (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Glenville 
 
Writing credits
Graham Greene (novel "The Comedians")

Graham Greene (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Glenville .... producer
 
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal 
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë (director of photography) (as Henri Decae)
 
Film Editing by
Françoise Javet 
 
Art Direction by
François de Lamothe 
 
Production Management
Lucien Lippens .... unit manager
Louis Wipf .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Michel Lacor .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Robert Christidès .... set dresser (as Robert Christides)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Jacques Carrère .... dubbing mixer
Cyril Swern .... sound recordist
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Day .... camera operator
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Laurence Rosenthal .... conductor
 
Other crew
Judith Coxhead .... assistant to producer
Alice Ziller .... continuity
Phillip Kenny .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
UK:150 min | USA:152 min (TCM print)
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Color (Metrocolor)
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2.20 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | West Germany:16 (f)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
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 The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)See more »

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30 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
INTERESTING, 16 May 2001
Author: Bill Treadway (treads22@hotmail.com) from Queens, New York

Peter Glenville's "The Comedians" is a very difficult film for the average viewer. Based on a Graham Greene novel, it's about the political atmosphere in Haiti while under French rule. It was a box office flop in 1967 and is pretty much forgotten today.

That's sad, because this is an important film. Since the departure of Duvalier, the film has the added historical value it didn't have in 1967. It is another entry in the canon of Taylor-Burton collaborations. It also may be the only film in which Alec Guinness, Peter Ustinov, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton all appear in together. Plus, how can you trash a film that flaunts its' Haiti exteriors so joyfully?

The vast Panavision photography will be lost on TV screens, especially in the horrific pan and scan format. The best way to see this film is on a big screen and even that may be impossible these days. The title will confuse many (most will think it's about comedians in a comedy club), but it does have a hidden subtext: these people are "comedians" in a sense. They kid each other endlessly to avoid reality. In that context, "The Comedians" succeeds. It could benefit from some trimming, but that's a small complaint. I can't think of anyone else who would even attempt to make such a challenging film in such a chaotic climate.

***1/2 out of 4 stars

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