IMDb > The Comedians (1967)
The Comedians
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Comedians (1967) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 5 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
The Comedians -- This is an all-star adaptation of Graham Green's novel about the political nightmare that was Haiti under "Papa Doc" Duvalier.
The Comedians -- Trailer for this film based on the novel

Overview

User Rating:
6.5/10   1,298 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 5% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Graham Greene (novel)
Graham Greene (screenplay)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Comedians on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
31 October 1967 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(20 articles)
User Reviews:
Forgotten, but really 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
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Judith Coxhead .... assistant to producer
Alice Ziller .... continuity
Phillip Kenny .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
UK:150 min | USA:152 min (TCM print)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | West Germany:16 (f)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The seventh of eleven films that Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starred in together.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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Forgotten, but really interesting, 11 January 2010
Author: dechampsmathieu

When I bought "The Comedians" in DVD, I had never heard before of that movie, although I am a fan of the cinema of the specific era. Moreover, it surprised me I didn't know anything about a film with such an excellent cast: it isn't easy to find Burton, Taylor, Guinness, Ustinov, Gish and Ford in the same movie. And there was something else: it was based on a novel and written for the screen by an author whose work I admire: Graham Greene. Therefore, I was curious to find out why a movie with so many virtues flopped and was so soon forgotten. After watching it, I understood: "The Comedians" is a movie that was made for the general audience, a film that should be fun, fast and easy to digest, a typical Hollywood epic. However, it contains none of the classic ingredients: a) it isn't fun, it is a serious political drama, with a deeply British, cynical and black humour, b) it is not melodramatic enough and the love story between Burton and Taylor evolves quite unorthodoxically, without any clichés, c) it isn't fast at all, it's almost three hours without impressive action scenes and much - quite sophisticated - dialogue, d) it isn't easy to digest, it is a sad and bitter movie with an ambiguous ending. These are the reasons why "The Comedians" flopped, but they are also the reasons that make the film exceptionally interesting. Set in Tahiti during the dictatorship of Francois Duvalier ("Papa Doc"), an ideal location for Graham Greene's stories, it demonstrates the cruelty of the regime, through the story of 6 Westerners and some locals in the background. It is a big, flawless production providing food for thought accompanied by excellent cinematography, professional directing and a slow, but strong and memorable scenario. The claustrophobic atmosphere of the brutal dictatorship is exceptional, the actors give magnificent performances and it is also one of the few films that end without an answer, without a typical happy or tragic ending. I recommend it to viewers that enjoy films that provide more than a pleasant evening.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (28 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Comedians (1967)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
All those common surnames?!? colin-220
Ending? juicyfruit326
Elizabeth Taylor LarrupinLou
time for a new version nawaf
Lawrence of Arabia reference serendipity57
DVD? leonherm
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Dodsworth The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Marie Galante Desperate Living The English Patient
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.