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The Comedians (1967)

Approved | | Drama | 31 October 1967 (USA)
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A cynical Welsh hotel owner secretly romances a diplomat's wife in Haiti under the violent reign of the despot "Papa Doc" Duvalier.

Director:

Peter Glenville

Writers:

Graham Greene (novel), Graham Greene (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Burton ... Brown
Elizabeth Taylor ... Martha Pineda
Alec Guinness ... Major H. O. Jones
Peter Ustinov ... Ambassador Manuel Pineda
Paul Ford ... Smith
Lillian Gish ... Mrs. Smith
Georg Stanford Brown ... Henri Philipot
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Petit Pierre
Gloria Foster ... Mrs. Philipot
James Earl Jones ... Dr. Magiot
Zakes Mokae ... Michel
Douta Seck Douta Seck ... Joseph
Raymond St. Jacques ... Captain Concasseur
Cicely Tyson ... Marie Therese
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Storyline

Set in the Haiti of "Papa Doc" Duvalier, The Comedians tells the story of a sardonic Welsh hotel owner and his encroaching fatalism as he watches Haiti sink into barbarism and poverty. Complications include his inability to sell the hotel so he can leave, a friendship with a rebel leader, some politically "charged" hotel guests, an affair with the German-born wife of a South American ambassador, and the manipulations of a British arms dealer who's in over his head. Written by Max Chandler <netropic@speakeasy.org>

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Taglines:

They lie, they cheat, they destroy...they even try to love.

Genres:

Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Bermuda | USA

Language:

English | French | Haitian | Spanish

Release Date:

31 October 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los comediantes See more »

Filming Locations:

Benin See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,200,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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First film Alec Guinness and James Earl Jones appeared in together. They were later, of course, in the Star Wars films, which also starred Elizabeth Taylor's former step-daughter, Carrie Fisher. See more »

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In the last few shots in the movie, as the Character is leaving the airport, there is initially a departing Vickers VC10 airliner flying overhead from right to left, this changes to a close up, followed by a shot of the same airliner now flying into the distance - unfortunately this is different 4 engine Jetliner, probably a Boeing 707. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Magiot: I'm worried about young Philipot. I had a message from him today.
Brown: Does he share your faith?
Dr. Magiot: He doesn't read Karl Marx, if that's what you mean. Rebels are not always communists, unless America insists.
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References Objective, Burma! (1945) See more »

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overly long story of unrest in Haiti
11 August 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Based on the novel by Graham Greene, The Comedians is a look at Haiti that nearly 40 years later remains the same - political unrest, poverty, corruption, and brutality. Set during the time of Papa Doc, the story centers on Richard Burton as the white owner of a hotel left to him by his mother. He is in love with the wife (Elizabeth Taylor) of an ambassador (Peter Ustinov) and has managed to remain apolitical. However, events force him to enter the fray.

The Comedians holds one's interest, although it's on the long side. The cast is remarkable: Burton, Alec Guinness, Peter Ustinov, Taylor, James Earl Jones, Lillian Gish, Georg Stanford Brown, Roscoe Lee Brown, and, in a small role, Cicely Tyson. Taylor is very beautiful, although her accent is all over the place. She sounds French in the beginning, then English, then like Elizabeth Taylor, and then in the middle of the movie, we find out she's German.

Though Burton went the schlock for cash route in his career, he was a wonderful, handsome actor with a remarkable voice. Towards the end of the film, he has a scene with Guinness that is well worth the wait - two great actors in a subdued and remarkable scene.

The Haitian scenery belies what lies underneath. It's a film that is perhaps more timely today than it was in 1967.


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