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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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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins See more »
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Papa Is gone, but the dictatorship and poverty live on 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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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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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:
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:
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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Papa Is gone, but the dictatorship and poverty live on, 28 September 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Comedians one of the many films that starred that legendary screen team of the 60s, husband and wife Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor is set in that troubled stepchild of the western hemisphere Haiti. At the time Haiti was mired in the worst poverty on this side of the globe with the overwhelmingly brutal dictatorship of Papa Doc Duvalier. Duvalier and his family are gone now, but the brutality and poverty remain.

The title from the original Graham Greene novel refers to the various white people here who are very different, but who handle what they see in Haiti by making a lot of bad jokes. Whatever else this is, The Comedians is not a comedy.

Burton and Taylor play the owner of a hotel in Port-Au-Prince and she is the wife of an ambassador from some foreign country unnamed. They're having an affair, she's married to Peter Ustinov. Paul Ford and Lillian Gish are a husband and wife and he once ran for president on the Vegetarian Party ticket. He wants to start a business, a vegetarian resort of sorts. These two are totally clueless, but so are the Haitians they deal with, they actually treat Ford like a big deal.

Alec Guinness plays a part similar to the part David Niven had in Separate Tables, he's an arms dealer who's been dealing with someone now out of favor with the regime. But while at first he's clapped in prison Guinness makes a deal with another faction who think he's a big deal with his heralded background of being a war hero in the Burmese campaign in World War II. If you've seen Separate Tables than you can equate Guinness with Niven.

These name players however take a back seat to some of the black performers in The Comedians. Roscoe Lee Browne, Cicely Tyson, Gloria Foster, Georg Stanford Brown all are different types of Haitians from different levels of society there. But the guy to really watch is Raymond St. Jacques. As a captain in Duvalier's police he is one truly malevolent being. St. Jacques steals all the scenes he's in.

Of course Papa Doc didn't allow The Comedians to be shot in Haiti, but the country of Dahomey one of the new African Republics served well as a place with a poverty level similar to Papa Doc's little satrapy. The Comedians which was not a big hit at the time is maybe more relevant today as we can see things there without the filter of the Cold War between two superpowers.

Liz and Dick did a good one here, one for the ages.

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