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Hoffman (1970)

GP  -  Comedy  -  August 1971 (USA)
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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.

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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 ...
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Kay Hall
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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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Benjamin Hoffman: Are you setting up house in the bathroom, Miss Smith?
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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 (as Matt Monroe)
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A little masterpiece rarely seen
13 February 2002 | by (Glasgow) – See all my reviews

If you are a fan of Peter Sellers, and you have not seen this film, then make sure you do so immediately. It is an absolute gem of a movie, with an emotional core rare in film. Barely seen or heard of, it has only been broadcast the once, during a Channel 4 season of Sellers' films in the late nineties, and even then at about two in the morning, which is a scandal. Sellers gives the most interesting performance of his career without his trademark silly voice or make-up and is all the better for it, playing Hoffman as a lonely, shadowy figure, yearning somewhat pathetically for Sinead Cusack's Miss Smith. Part of the film's success is possibly due to the fact that the two main characters spend almost the entire film alone, thus enabling them to build the relationship nicely, changing from seeming lechery on Hoffman's part and terror on Miss Smith's to an emotional bond between them. It keeps you guessing about their relationship right to the end, and Seller's displays real emotional power in the later scenes. A wonderfully melancholic film about unrequited love and a man's fear of time passing as well as a kind of variation on Beauty and the Beast. Highly recommended, with a superb score too. Don't miss it.


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