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The Spanish Gardener (1956)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 January 1957 (UK)
Rather undiplomatic British diplomat Harrington Brande (Sir Michael Hordern) takes up his new post in Spain accompanied by his son Nicholas (Jon Whiteley). The posting is something of a ... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Leacock

Writers:

John Bryan (screenplay), A.J. Cronin (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Jose
Jon Whiteley ... Nicholas Brande
Michael Hordern ... Harrington Brande
Cyril Cusack ... Garcia
Maureen Swanson ... Maria
Lyndon Brook ... Robert Burton
Josephine Griffin ... Carol Burton
Bernard Lee ... Leighton Bailey
Rosalie Crutchley ... Magdalena
Ina De La Haye ... Jose's Mother
Geoffrey Keen ... Dr. Harvey
Harold Scott ... Pedro
Jack Stewart Jack Stewart ... Police Escort
Richard Molinas Richard Molinas ... Police Escort
Susan Lyall Grant Susan Lyall Grant ... Maid
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Rather undiplomatic British diplomat Harrington Brande (Sir Michael Hordern) takes up his new post in Spain accompanied by his son Nicholas (Jon Whiteley). The posting is something of a disappointment to Harrington, who was hoping for a promotion. That his wife had left him seems to have affected his career. Nicholas sees it all as something of an adventure, and soon becomes fast friends with the new gardener, José (Sir Dirk Bogarde). The apparently "delicate" Nicholas becomes attached to José, and Harrington's jealousy leads him to bar Nicholas from even speaking to José. As tensions mount, another servant frames José for theft, forcing everyone to review the situation. Written by garykmcd

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der spanische Gärtner See more »

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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The sexual subtext between José and Nicholas was not allowed to be shown in this movie due to censorship. See more »

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Version of O Jardineiro Espanhol (1967) See more »

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value in mentoring
4 December 2001 | by jvframeSee all my reviews

Nicholas is a `sensitive' British pre-teen, an overprotected only son who is forced by circumstance to accompany his unfamiliar father to a new posting as Ambassador to a Spanish region.

The residential estate's handsome gardener, Jose (played by Dirk Bogarde), takes the boy under his wing, teaching him to enjoy his physicality, the beauty of nature and the joy of life itself.

Even though the father appreciates the burgeoning health and happiness in his son, he allows jealousy and internalised homophobia to determine his actions.

In a dramatic conclusion father, son and friend all prove their integrity and devotion.

Over the years, each time I've seen this film I'm amazed by its beautiful colour and enthralled the interplay of the characters. I get a greater feeling of the father as a self-loathing homosexual - but there is no evidence that this is the case. Certainly the audience must expect an accusation of paedophilia - but when Jose is accused of stealing and imprisoned, then that still gets him out of Nicholas' life.

The Spanish Gardener is, above all, a fine film about the value of `mentoring'.


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