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The Guest (1963)

The Caretaker (original title)
| Drama | July 1963 (UK)
While renovating his house in London, Aston, out of pity, lodges a homeless man, but Aston's brother taunts and harasses the cranky old bum.

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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 (Sir Alan Bates), a taunting sadist, harasses the derelict when his brother is away, countermanding his orders. Eventually, Aston, 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

Apparently, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Leslie Caron, Peter Hall, Peter Sellers, Harry Saltzman, and Noël Coward were amongst those who helped provide financial backing for this extremely low budget production. With all of the actors, actresses, director, and writer on deferred payment, this cost only thirty thousand dollars. See more »

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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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Fine acting and a fine performance.
5 March 2010 | by jerbar2004See all my reviews

I could not belief how good this movie is having seen many years ago on the big screen, and now on a BFI DVD. The sets suit the play so well, and the cast is very believable in every thing they do. The transfer from stage to screen is first class, and the pauses, delivery of the said lines is just right for the play. My only sadness is that WE "the British Film Industry" are just not producing things of this type nowadays rather than just a sad pap of work which demands no merit. Long live Pinter, and long live the Caretaker, see and died!!! The black and white photography is perfect and does not inter fear with the telling of the story. It must have been a very cold, cold, set on which to work.


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