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The Guest (1963)

The Caretaker (original title)
While renovating his home in London, Aston, out of pity, lodges a homeless man but Aston's brother taunts and harasses the cranky old bum.

Director:

Clive Donner

Writer:

Harold Pinter (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alan Bates ... Mick
Donald Pleasence ... Mac Davies / Bernard Jenkins
Robert Shaw ... Aston
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Storyline

Aston (Robert Shaw), a quiet, reserved man, lives alone in a top-floor cluttered room of a small abandoned house in a poor London district. He befriends and takes in Mac Davies (Donald Pleasence), an old derelict who has been fired from a menial job in a café. In time Aston offers him a job as caretaker of the house. Aston's brother, Mick (Alan Bates) - a taunting, quasi-sadist - harasses the derelict when his brother is away, countermanding his orders. Eventually Aston, himself irritated by the cantankerous old man, puts him out. Written by alfiehitchie

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Based on the play 'The Caretaker'.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Guest See more »

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Budget:

£30,000 (estimated)
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Caretaker Films See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Donald Pleasence was nominated for the 1962 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "The Caretaker" and recreated his role in this production. See more »

Quotes

Mick: I could turn this place into a penthouse. For instance this room. This room could have been the kitchen. Right size, nice window, sun comes in. I'd have I'd have teal-blue, copper and parchment linoleum squares. I'd have those colours re-echoed in the walls. I'd offset the kitchen units with charcoal-grey worktops. Plenty of room for cupboards for the crockery. We'd have a small wall cupboard, a large wall cupboard, a corner wall cupboard with revolving shelves. You shouldn't be short of ...
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Referenced in This Week in Britain: The Caretaker (1963) See more »

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A biblical epic set in a dingy house
20 November 2000 | by grunselSee all my reviews

Apart from the scenery and huge cast, this has all the ingredients of a Cecil B De Mille epic. Three men, (two of which are brothers and a cunning almost invited guest) struggle for power and dominance in their dingy little house. In my opinion it says something about the predicament of human behaviour what ever their surroundings.Its dark, sometimes funny and you can almost smell the decay.


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