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Hoffman (1970)

GP | | Comedy | August 1971 (USA)
A businessman blackmails his attractive young secretary into spending a weekend with him. Though he's a creep throughout, he gradually emerges as a sympathetic character.

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Benjamin Hoffman
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Miss Janet Smith
Ruth Dunning ...
Mrs. Mitchell
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Tom Mitchell
David Lodge ...
Foreman
Kay Hall
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Elizabeth Bayley
Karen Murtagh
Ron Taylor ...
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A businessman blackmails his attractive young secretary into spending a weekend with him. Though he's a creep throughout, he gradually emerges as a sympathetic character. Written by Fred Dawson <phred@erols.com>

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Amor a la inglesa  »

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When 'Miss Smith' plays 'Chopsticks' on the piano, she only uses her right hand. While it's possible to play it with one hand, the usual way is with both index fingers. Hence the name 'Chopsticks' See more »

Goofs

When Janet Smith is in bed, her left pajama leg is fully extended yet when she has gotten out of bed, it is pushed all the way up. See more »

Quotes

Miss Janet Smith: Are you hungry?
Benjamin Hoffman: Women are always hungry for something. Fallopian tubes with teeth.
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Connections

Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Buzz Aldrin Show (1970) See more »

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If There Ever Is a Next Time
Music by Ron Grainer
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Matt Monro
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A lost masterpiece!
26 February 2005 | by (Washington state, USA) – See all my reviews

I had the good fortune to find this movie at my local library. After seeing it, I was dumbfounded at the fact that this film seems to have been essentially hidden from Sellers' fans. Benjamin Hoffman is a complex and perplexing character, and Sellers reveals the character's personality layer by layer. At first, Hoffman seems totally evil and cold. But as the story progresses, we see that he's a man with very limited social skills, trying to tackle a very difficult problem. He loves a woman from afar, and he learns that she could soon find herself in a disastrous situation. He may be giving her the world's leakiest lifeboat, so to speak, but it's all he has. Sinead Cusack is marvelous as Miss Smith, who has found herself in the most baffling of circumstances. A man she barely knows has blackmailed her into spending the weekend with him, but he treats her politely and makes it a point to be a proper host. He sleeps in the same bed with her but never even kisses her. He takes her shopping and out to dinner at a fine restaurant. This movie is an emotional roller-coaster ride, and it left me wanting to go get in line for another ticket.


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