Intimate Relations (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  6 June 1997 (USA)
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Harold Guppy moves into the Beasley household as a lodger. Before long Mrs. Beasley falls for him and eventually ends up in his bed. Her 13-year old daughter Joyce is aware of what is ... See full summary »



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Harold Guppy moves into the Beasley household as a lodger. Before long Mrs. Beasley falls for him and eventually ends up in his bed. Her 13-year old daughter Joyce is aware of what is happening and threatens to tell Mr. Beasley unless she is also allowed share the bed with Harold and "Mum". "Mum" seems to think there is no harm in this, as long as Joyce doesn't take part in the physical activities. Harold gets caught up in a web of deceit and blackmail and each time he tries to break free of the grasp of "Mum" she threatens to tell the police that he has been abusing Joyce. The film continues much in this line, and it examines the effect of the relationship on both Harold and Joyce and how they are both driven to extreme action because of the influence of Mrs. Beasley. Written by SNC <>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for distrubing sexual situations, a scene of related violence and some language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

6 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bed & Breakfast - Die Miete zahlt der Tod  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,918 (USA) (6 June 1997)


$7,100 (USA) (19 September 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Nicholas Hoult. See more »


Harold Guppy: Don't worry about me. I was just a bit of a rapscallion when I was 10.
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Has A Bizarre Feel
6 May 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Harold Guppy leaves the navy and lodges with the Beasley family . Before he`s unpacked his case he`s bonking the middle aged Majorie Beasley and before he knows it the daughter , the thirteen year old Joyce Beasley is wanting a shot

Does this sound like a movie with a lot of potential of laughs ? I didn`t think so either but for some reason writer/director Philip Goodhew has gone all out to make INTIMATE RELATIONS a tragic black farce . I have to admit that I didn`t laugh once or even feel like smiling as I imagine was Goodhew`s intention , I just kept saying to myself " Gawd some people deserve to be strung up " , I can`t think of a movie I`ve seen recently with so many unlikable people . It should also be pointed out that the very serious ending jars with the saucy postcard humour of the rest of the film

I will give the director some credit for getting the best out of the cast . Rupert Graves manages to communicate the angst of his character Harold Guppy rather well while Julie Walters is also good as Majorie , but the late Laura Sadler is absolutely superb as young Joyce

But the cast are unable to stop me thinking that perhaps this is a movie that shouldn`t have been made , especially with its comedic feel

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