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The Guest (1963)

The Caretaker (original title)
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.

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 (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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Drama

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Cameo: The man wearing the raincoat walking past Davies in the street is Harold Pinter. 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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3 November 2019 | by RodrigAndrisanSee all my reviews

A film that would have been very, very boring if it had other actors in the cast. For me, Robert Shaw was the main reason to see it. Then Donald Pleasence and Alan Bates. All three did an excellent job in a confined space, just a room, no action, just dialogue, 1 hour 45 minutes, just talk. Their charm, of all three actors, make this movie easy to watch.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1964 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Guest See more »

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Budget:

GBP30,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Caretaker Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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