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Betrayal (1983)

The reviewer above states that 'the entire story is told from the husband's point of view'. This is incorrect - the movie takes an objective point-of-view - the husband is not present in several of the segments.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Avril Elgar ...
Mrs. Banks
Ray Marioni ...
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Michael König ...
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Pinter's semi-autobiographical play examining the surprise attraction, shy first steps, gradual flowering, and treasonous deception of a woman's extramarital affair with her husband's best friend; the entire story is told from the husband's point of view, with the scenes in precise reverse chronological order. Written by Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

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In every life...for every love...with every trust...there is a risk of Betrayal.

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19 February 1983 (USA)  »

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The film is comprised of nine segments or sequences which are all shown in reverse chronological order. See more »

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Robert: [after his wife tells him that she's been having an affair with his best friend] Where does it take place? Must be a bit awkward. I mean we've got two kids, he's got two kids not to mention a wife.
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Betrayal (1997) See more »

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One of the Most Brilliant Ever
23 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Exquisite play by Pinter, and screenplay has fantastic dialog. Acting by three main characters - played by Ben Kingsley, Jeremy Irons, and Patricia Hodge - is brilliant. You get pulled into watching each expression, each word. As the movie unfolds, and the deeper you get into it, you can see what is "behind" those expressions. Ben Kingsley's performance is truly phenomenal !! Since the plot moves backwards in this movie/play, you see the backward evolution of the relationships here. And the various ways of betrayal within those relationships. It is fascinating and mind-blowing - not in any outlandish special effects way, but in the subtleties and interactions of the 3 characters.

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. HOWEVER, I've been looking for a copy of it in DVD or even VHS - but can never find one. Does anyone have any ideas??


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