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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Credited cast:
Benjamin Hoffman
Miss Janet Smith
Ruth Dunning ...
Mrs. Mitchell
Tom Mitchell
David Lodge ...
Kay Hall
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Bayley
Karen Murtagh
Ron Taylor ...


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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August 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


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 »


Miss Janet Smith: What you're doing to me is atrocious. It's the filthiest thing I've ever heard of.
Benjamin Hoffman: Yes, I am filthy, yes, but there's no escaping one's fate.
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Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Buzz Aldrin Show (1970) See more »


If There Ever Is a Next Time
Music by Ron Grainer
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Matt Monro
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The best movie ever
29 March 2003 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

There is nothing bad i can say about Hoffman. It is very unusual and it might take some getting used to before you learn to love it. The first time i watched Hoffman, i didn't know if i liked it or not, but it stayed on my mind and i felt a desire to watch it again. After viewing it a second time i found it to be much better, perhaps because i knew what to expect so i could reflect more on the good points. Now i have seen Hoffman about ten times or more, and i still enjoy it more every time i watch it. Peter Sellers performance as Benjamin Hoffman is simply amazing and held my interest all the way through. Sinead Cusack's performance as Janet Smith was just as good, i think she was perfect for the part of a woman who finds Benjamin Hoffman to be a repulsive creepy and offensive man. Sinead's facial expressions completely cracked me up and her constant whining throughout the movie is just hilarious. Hoffman focuses entirely on the relationship between Benjamin and Janet for the entire movie, Benjamin blackmails Janet to stay with him in his apartment for two weeks where he would treat her with respect, that's the storyline, they work at the same place but have never talked, Benjamin just admires her beauty from afar knowing that a woman like her would never be interested in a man like him, especially with his maniac face as he puts it, there are no other characters except for at the beginning and end. The movie starts with Janet saying goodbye to her fiancee at the train station where he believes she is going to visit her grandmother for two weeks, however this is just a plan so her fiancee won't know she is really staying in the apartment of another man. She makes her way to Benjamin's apartment and is so uptight for the first part of the movie, refusing to take off her hat and coat, it's so nice to see her loosen up slowly as the movie progresses, to become more comfortable with Benjamin and talk to him, but whenever she starts to like him, Benjamin will say something crazy to ruin things between them. Two words i can think of to describe Hoffman are ABSORBING and HEARTWARMING, a black romantic comedy which can make you laugh, smile and cry (it's quite moving in a good way). These type of movies are very predictable, therefore you can guess what is going to happen at the end but Hoffman delivers laughs, clever lines, romance, brilliant acting and lots of nice piano music which was very suitable for the movie. Hoffman to me is an undiscovered masterpiece, it's worth every penny you would pay for the DVD which is available in the UK.

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