The film was entered and selected to screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973 where the picture won in a tie the prestigious Palme d'Or (The Golden Palm) award shared with Jerry Schatzberg's Scarecrow (1973).
One of two filmed adaptations of novels by L.P. Hartley which both won the Palme d'Or (The Golden Palm) award at the Cannes Film Festival. The films are The Hireling (1973) and The Go-Between (1971) and both won their gongs during the early-to-mid 1970s.
The film has been considered a companion piece and comparative work to the latter American movie Driving Miss Daisy (1989). Both titles won Best Picture Awards, The Hireling (1973) at the Cannes Film Festival, and Driving Miss Daisy (1989) at the Oscars (the Academy Awards).
The "Sutton Place" mansion seen in the movie is located about three miles north-east of Guilford in Surrey, England. According to the Wikipedia website, it "is a Grade I listed Tudor manor house built c.1525 by Sir Richard Weston (d.1541) courtier of Henry VIII".