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The Go-Between (1970)

GP  -  Drama | Romance  -  21 September 1971 (Sweden)
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Tale of torrid and forbidden love between Christie and Bates in the English countryside.

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Marian - Lady Trimingham
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Margaret Leighton ...
Mrs. Maudsley
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Leo Colston
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Leo
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Mr. Maudsley
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Hugh Trimingham
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Marcus
Simon Hume-Kendall ...
Denys
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Charles
Amaryllis Garnett ...
Kate (as Amaryllis Garnet)
Keith Buckley
John Rees
Gordon Richardson
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Summer 1900: Queen Victoria's last and the summer Leo turns 13. He's the guest of Marcus, a wealthy classmate, at a grand home in rural Norfolk. Leo is befriended by Marian, Marcus's twenty-something sister, a beauty about to be engaged to Hugh, a viscount and good fellow. Marian buys Leo a forest-green suit, takes him on walks, and asks him to carry messages to and from their neighbor, Ted Burgess, a bit of a rake. Leo is soon dissembling, realizes he's betraying Hugh, but continues as the go-between nonetheless, asking adults naive questions about the attractions of men and women. Can an affair between neighbors stay secret for long? And how does innocence end? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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21 September 1971 (Sweden)  »

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Budbäraren  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Deborah Kerr was originally cast as Mrs Maudsley but withdrew after director Joseph Losey left her waiting several hours in a hotel for his return call. See more »

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It has been reported by sharp-eyed viewers that in the Tombland scene in Norwich, there is a shop window behind the action which reflects an image of the camera crew. See more »

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Referenced in thirtysomething: The Go Between (1990) See more »

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Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes
(1889) (uncredited)
From the Savoy Opera "The Gondoliers"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by William S. Gilbert
Performed by Alan Bates
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Grown-up games of desire and passion as witnessed through a child's eyes...
3 August 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

In the early 1900s, a 12-year-old boy staying with his school-friend and his friend's family in the English countryside for the summer becomes indirectly involved in the clandestine affair between a privileged young woman and a lusty, low-class farmer. Harboring a crush on his friend's older sister, the lad is at first anxious to be her messenger, but his feelings soon sour once he realizes he's being used--as is the woman's rich, stuffy intended--in a game of love-play which he does not altogether understand. Harold Pinter's adaptation of the novel by L.P. Hartley smartly concentrates on the boy's perception of the events, although the flash-forwards in time (which culminate in an obtuse epilogue) fall rather flat. Joseph Losey directs in a clear, concise manner without too much dawdling about, building up the tension in the household with precision. Disapproving family matriarch Margaret Leighton, who sees the world through slanted, jaded eyes, has a terrifically charged moment late in the movie where she confronts the child over a letter in his pocket, and young Dominic Guard is excellent as well. The star-crossed lovers, Julie Christie and Alan Bates, have far less to work with (surprisingly), but do have superlative moments. The unvarying score by Michel Legrand becomes monotonous before long, and the production design and cinematography are disappointing, though the film has a quiet power that is unsettling. **1/2 from ****


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