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Writers:
Ernest Gebler (screenplay)
Ernest Gebler (novel)
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Release Date:
August 1971 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A businessman blackmails his attractive young secretary into spending a weekend with him. Though he's a creep throughout... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
A little masterpiece rarely seen See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Peter Sellers ... Benjamin Hoffman

Sinéad Cusack ... Miss Janet Smith
Ruth Dunning ... Mrs. Mitchell
Jeremy Bulloch ... Tom Mitchell
David Lodge ... Foreman
Kay Hall
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Bayley

Cindy Burrows
Karen Murtagh
Ron Taylor ... Guitarist
John Tatum ... Man in Restaurant (uncredited)

Directed by
Alvin Rakoff 
 
Writing credits
Ernest Gebler (screenplay) (as Ernest Gébler)

Ernest Gebler (novel) (as Ernest Gébler)

Produced by
Ben Arbeid .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ron Grainer 
 
Cinematography by
Gerry Turpin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Barrie Vince 
 
Art Direction by
John Blezard 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Patricia McDermott .... hairdresser (as Pat McDermott)
Peter Frampton .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Bruce Sharman .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jake Wright .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ron Coleman .... construction manager
Terry Ackland-Snow .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Tony Reading .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Len Abbott .... dubbing mixer
Ian Fuller .... sound editor
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist
A.W. Lumkin .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Sarafian .... camera operator
Sid Wainwright .... chief electrician
Eddie Collins .... focus puller (uncredited)
Wick Finch .... electrician (uncredited)
Joe Pearce .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe (as Elizabeth Adamson)
 
Other crew
Doreen Dearnaley .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
113 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:GP

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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 »
Quotes:
Benjamin Hoffman:I want to eat you. I want to consume you. I want to lick your knees.See more »
Soundtrack:
If There Ever Is a Next TimeSee more »

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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A little masterpiece rarely seen, 13 February 2002

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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