In a dreary North London flat, the site of perpetual psychological warfare, a philosophy professor visits his family after a nine-year absence and introduces the four men - father, uncle and two brothers - to his wife.
Max is a surly pensioner who alternately venerates and vilifies his dead wife. Sam, his brother, is a supercilious chauffeur. Lenny is a smiling, snake-like pimp. Joey is a thick-witted, would-be boxer. These four men live together in a North London flat, the site of their perpetual sadomasochistic battle of words and sometimes physical violence. And then after nine years, Max's third son, Teddy, a philosophy professor living in California, comes back home for a visit. He brings his wife, Ruth. She is immediately drawn in to the family's ugly psychological games and quickly proves a worthy opponent. Soon, the game involves both of Teddy's brothers taking extreme liberties with Ruth, as the coiled Teddy obstinately refuses to spoil the malicious fun by objecting. Written by
Ian Holm won the 1967 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "The Homecoming" as Lenny and recreated in this filmed production. See more »
No, what I mean, Teddy, you must know lots of professors, heads of departments, men like that. They pop over here for a week at the Savoy, they need somewhere they can go to have a nice quiet poke. And of course you'd be in a position to give them inside information.
Sure. You can give them proper data. You know, the kind of thing she's willing to do. How far she'd be prepared to go with their little whims and fancies. Eh, Lenny? To what extent she's various. I mean if you don't know who does?
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The only comments are 1. The previous comment states that Cyril Cusak is the impotent father but Paul Rogers plays that role and 2. A character "Brian" played by a then 8 year old actor Jonathan Sachar, is shown as a member of the cast but does not appear in the 1973 adaptation. In any event the adaptation is brilliant and the photographer brings the play from the stage to the screen with his own brilliance. The performances are outstanding with Rogers dominating the screen as the bullying yet pathetic father, and Ian Holm, truly detestable as the hateful son. Finally the dialogue is as sharp and cutting as one would expect from Harold Pinter
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