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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:
Set in the Haiti of "Papa Doc" Duvalier, The Comedians tells the story of a sardonic Welsh hotel owner... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins See more »
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Impressive characters than actors See more (26 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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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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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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Average Shot Length = ~11.6 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~11.4 seconds.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the last few shots in the movie, as the Character is leaving the airport, there is initially a departing Vickers VC10 airliner flying overhead from right to left, this changes to a close up, followed by a shot of the same airliner now flying into the distance - unfortunately this is different 4 engine Jetliner, probably a Boeing 707.See more »
Quotes:
Petit Pierre:[to Brown] They are waiting for Major Jones. For some reason they believe that only white men are experts in killing.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)See more »

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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Impressive characters than actors, 9 April 2002
Author: Jugu Abraham (jugu_abraham@yahoo.co.uk) from Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Burton, Taylor, Guinness, and Ustinov are a heady combination but I will not remember the film for any one of their "acting" capabilities as much as the four wonderful main characters woven by Graham Greene and Peter Glenville. There is almost an unrecognizable James Earl Jones whose fabulous voice is overshadowed in this film by those of Burton and the suave Guinness.

"I have no faith in faith," rants Brown (Burton) the anti-hero of the film--a typical Greene character (compare with Greene's 'The Burnt-out case'). Cynicism is turned into comedy. The splashes of Catholic motifs made in passing reference ("defrocked priest") hark back to Burton's earlier role in "Night of Iguana." Guinness' reference to looking like a "Lawrence of Arabia" recalls his own role as Prince Faisal in Lean's movie. Not having read Greene's book, I am not sure whether Greene introduced these clever details into the script to suit the actors or whether the details had previously existed in the book.

The gradual unmasking of the Major (Guinness) is a treat creatively captured by Glenville and Greene. The final speech made by Burton to his group of ragged rebels seem to have a common "comic" thread with George Clooney's speech to his soldiers towards the end of the recent Mallick's "The Thin Red Line".

Ustinov's diplomat and Taylor's vulnerable diplomat's wife, who admits to her lover that he is the fourth "adventure," are both comedians--Greene's likable misfits who cannot change their destiny and are strangely reconciled to accept their inevitable end. All the four main characters are "prepared" for their destiny they have designed for themselves as a consequence of previous actions in life. The closing shot of the film is a shot of a suggestive blue sky, redeeming the foibles of the comedians on terra firma.

I admit that when I saw the film some 20 years ago, I did not appreciate the film as I do now. I was missing the forest for the trees. This film does not belong to Burton, Taylor, Guinness, Ustinov, Jones or Lillian Gish. It belongs to Greene, Glenville and the French cinematographer Henri Decae.

I do not imply that Burton was not good--but George C Scott said one should evaluate a performance by remembering the character more than the actor. It is in that context that I remember the four main characters. Burton's kisses are different here than say in "Boom" or "Cleopatra"--only to add detail to the character. Taylor is strangely subdued only to add power to her smoldering role. Guinness gradual unmasking is pathetic yet endearing only to add more substance to the character. Decae's camera captures details that shocks--e.g., empty drawers in desks to collect bribes, public executions of rebels watched by school kids...

I am surprised that this film, to my limited knowledge, has never been taken seriously for what it offers--a superb script, commendable acting, good direction, and some fine camera-work.

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