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Director:
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 »
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A lost masterpiece! 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

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)
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Certification:
Portugal:M/12 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:GP

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Quotes:
Benjamin Hoffman:Come in, Miss Smith.
[she hesitates at the doorway]
Benjamin Hoffman:Don't weaken, Miss Smith.
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If There Ever Is a Next TimeSee more »

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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A lost masterpiece!, 26 February 2005
Author: jodynh from Washington state, USA

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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