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The Hireling (1973)

A young British woman suffering from depression over the loss of her husband develops an unusual relationship with her chauffeur.

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Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Steven Ledbetter
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Lady Franklin
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Captain Hugh Cantrip
Caroline Mortimer ...
Connie
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Lady Franklin's mother
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Davis
Christine Hargreaves ...
Doreen
Lyndon Brook ...
Doctor
Patricia Lawrence ...
Mrs. Hansen
Petra Markham ...
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Christopher Douglas
Ernest C. Jennings
Alison Leggatt
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A young British woman suffering from depression over the loss of her husband develops an unusual relationship with her chauffeur.

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19 July 1973 (Netherlands)  »

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A Lady e o Motorista  »

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The make and model of Steven Ledbetter (Robert Shaw)'s chauffeur vehicle was a black Rolls Royce. See more »

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Lady Franklin: [Asking Hugh about his wartime experiences] Was it very bad?
Captain Hugh Cantrip: [There is a telling silence: we cannot see his expression because of the shadows]
Lady Franklin: Well, you're back now.
Captain Hugh Cantrip: [as light and shadow flicker across his face] Am I? Sometimes I wonder...
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A study in British societal values
8 June 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a thoughtful film that lays bare the inequities of the so-called upper class and those who work for them, the haves and have-nots. Robert Shaw does a creditable job in his role as the obliging, correct chauffeur, Steven Ledbetter, who helps Lady Franklin (Sarah Miles) overcome her mental depression at the outset. However, Steven has many mixed feelings regarding this lady of the upper class. He inevitably falls in love with her, which of course is overstepping the societal boundaries that separate them.

I have not read anything prior to this and only judge the movie as I have seen it. I consider it a very honest story about the realities of daily living and the conflict of what we might wish or expect from life and what we get. It's a fine drama worth seeing again.


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