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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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Credited cast:
Steven Ledbetter
Lady Franklin
Captain Hugh Cantrip
Caroline Mortimer ...
Lady Franklin's mother
Christine Hargreaves ...
Lyndon Brook ...
Patricia Lawrence ...
Mrs. Hansen
Petra Markham ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Douglas
Ernest C. Jennings
Alison Leggatt


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

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Release Date:

19 July 1973 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

A Lady e o Motorista  »

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The Sutton Place manor mansion seen in the film was surrounded by a thousand acres of countryside and was built in the 16th Century. See more »


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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11 January 1999 | by (Leicester, UK) – See all my reviews

If you have enjoyed the original Hartley book with its subtleties and irony, then this film is going to be a big disappointment. Although the pace and direction of the screenplay are broadly the same, some of the characters are missing and others have extended roles. The revised finale completely loses the harrowing irony and pathos of the book. Ripe for a Merchant/Ivory production...

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