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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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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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Anatomia de uma Traição  »

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The original Broadway production of "Betrayal" by Harold Pinter opened on 5th January 1980 at the Trafalgar Theatre and ran until 31 May that year. It has since had two revivals, 14th November 2000 to 4th February 2001, and 27th October 2013 to 5th January 2014. It has run on Broadway in total for around 170 performances. 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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Berayal
7 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It has often been said that great books can not be made into great movies, that is not the case here. This is a story by one of the greatest writers in the English language since Shakespeare and screen play by the one man who truly understood the agony behind the story. Mix that with three of the best English actors of the modern age and you have a mesmerizing story in cinematic form. Do not miss this movie if you are a fan of great literature and great movie making. At first the reverse chronology may seem a bit confusing, but ultimately it proves the genius of the director's ability to plumb the depths of the friendship and the relationship of all the characters in this sad, sad story. You will not be disappointed.


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