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The Homecoming (1973)

PG | | Drama | 16 April 1977 (France)
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.

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Sam
Terence Rigby ...
Joey
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Teddy
Vivien Merchant ...
Ruth
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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 J. Spurlin

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The share the house. They share the food. They share Teddy's wife. Such a nice happy family.

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The original Broadway production of "The Homecoming" by Harold Pinter opened at the Music Box Theater in New York on January 5, 1967, ran for 324 performances and won the 1967 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play. Ian Holm, Vivien Merchant and Terence Rigby reprise their roles in the filmed production. Ian Holm won the 1967 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and Vivien Merchant was nominated for the 1967 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. The play's author also wrote the screenplay play for this filmed production. See more »

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Sam: You go and ask my customers! I'm the only one they ever ask for.
Max: What do the other drivers do, sleep all day?
Sam: I can only drive one car. They can't all have me at the same time.
Max: Anyone could have you at the same time. You'd bend over for half a dollar on Blackfriars Bridge.
Sam: Me!
Max: For two bob and a toffee apple.
Sam: He's insulting me. He's insulting his brother. I'm driving a man to Hampton Court at four forty-five.
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Absolutely brilliant.
10 April 1999 | by (Surrey, England) – See all my reviews



"The Homecoming" is a masterpiece of a play, and it is transferred very skillfully to the screen. The screenplay differs little from the original text, except that Peter Hall allows the camera to linger on the phallic imagery of Max's walking stick and the various men's cigars. Needless to say, the acting is superb. Ian Holm shines as the amusing but insidious Lenny, as does Cyril Cusack as his aggressive but impotent father. The star of the film, however, is Vivien Merchant, whose portrayal of Ruth is hypnotic and captivating. This is one of Pinter's finest works. A must-see.


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