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Inadmissible Evidence (1968)

Approved | | Drama | 22 May 1969 (UK)
A lawyer's agonizing journey to the breaking point of his private and professional lives as he becomes more and more alienated from everyone connected with him.


Anthony Page


John Osborne (play), John Osborne (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Nicol Williamson ... Bill Maitland
Eleanor Fazan Eleanor Fazan ... Anna Maitland
Jill Bennett ... Liz
Peter Sallis ... Hudson
David Valla David Valla ... Jones
Eileen Atkins ... Shirley
Ingrid Boulting ... Jane (as Ingrid Brett)
Gillian Hills ... Joy
Isabel Dean ... Mrs. Gamsey
Clare Kelly Clare Kelly ... Mrs. Anderson
John Normington ... Maples
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lindsay Anderson ... Barrister
Penny Bird Penny Bird ... Sheila
June Brown June Brown ... Watson's Guest
Ishaq Bux ... Watson's Guest


A lawyer's agonizing journey to the breaking point of his private and professional lives as he becomes more and more alienated from everyone connected with him.

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Details about his wife, his women and his world, were... See more »




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Dame Eileen Atkins shunned movies for several years because of her uncomfortable time working on this movie. See more »


Referenced in John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship (2006) See more »

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Uniquely Gripping, Yet, Nearly Incomprehensible.
27 April 2000 | by TirelliSee all my reviews

'Inadmissible Evidence' is a film unlike any other I have ever seen. From the moment we are introduced to the anti-heroic main character, played to perfection by Nicol Williamson, we are gripped by his every movement.

Yet, due to his strong, bewildering performance, our attention is solely directed to him, and not to the many other characters, plot twists and story. The John Osborne tale was complex enough as it was without the ordeal of confusing flashbacks and such fierce characterizations.

I may be crazy, but I actually think that this film would benefit from a poorer cast! After all, Williamson is so fascinating, that we completely forget about the story itself, and we can't help being bewitched by his London solicitor who slowly descends into emotional bankruptcy while analyzing his own existence and the harm he has done to others - his wife, his mistresses, and the carefree young man he used to be.

About the flashbacks... I guess they were a mere device that the producers of the movie thought would be helpful, since the movie is almost a filmed play. Nevertheless, the device backfires, and only add to the utter confusion of the viewer.

Well, all in all, this is an unusual, gripping film, that features a powerhouse performance by Mr. Williamson, but whose gloomy, depressing, confusing and existentialist point of view are definitely not for the ones

who are looking for breezy entertainment.

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22 May 1969 (UK) See more »

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Evidencia inadmisible See more »

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