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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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Peter Sellers hated the film, feeling that his character was too close to his own actual personality. After failing to buy the film negative, so that he could re-shoot the film, he went into a period of depression about it. See more »

Goofs

When Hoffman and Janet Smith are having dinner in the apartment, there is a salad bowl immediately off Hoffman's right wrist in the camera shot to his face. Hoffman reaches for the wine, has both hands occupied and when the camera angle shifts to over his shoulder, the salad bowl has moved to the place mat between them which was empty in the previous camera angle. 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 Il comune senso del pudore (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

If There Ever Is a Next Time
Music by Ron Grainer
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Matt Monro
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A little masterpiece !
25 October 2001 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

This happens to be one of the most underrated films of Peter Sellers' career. For some reason the critics and book writers have (in their majority) faced the film as a comedy (have they seen the film?), when it is clear it is a drama with just little sparkles of comedy...Peter Sellers and Sinead Cusack are wonderful in their roles and I have to admit I have seen the film more than 10 times in my life (I never have enough!). For the critisism the film faced, one can say that generally Peter Sellers was in the target of certain columnists who never fail to badmouth the successful and the famous (a bad comment always sells more). So, the film (and others of this era of Sellers' career)was an easy target to hit the star and not judge the film for its essence... The film also features wonderful music and it's a pity the soundtrack was never released...


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