7.0/10
965
20 user 4 critic

Hoffman (1970)

GP | | Comedy | August 1971 (USA)
A businessman blackmails his attractive young secretary into spending a weekend with him. Though he's a creep throughout, he gradually emerges as a sympathetic character.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay) (as Ernest Gébler), (based upon his own novel) (as Ernest Gébler)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

John Lewis is bored by his librarian's job and henpecked at home. Then Liz, wife of a local counciller, sets her sights on him. But this is risky stuff in a Welsh valleys town - if he and ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Gilliat
Stars: Peter Sellers, Mai Zetterling, Virginia Maskell
Never Let Go (1960)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A cosmetic salesman sets out to prove to himself and his wife that he is not a failure.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Richard Todd, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Sellars
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

Directors: John Boulting, Roy Boulting
Stars: Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Isabel Jeans
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An incompetent barrister is assigned to defend a wife murderer.

Director: James Hill
Stars: Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Beryl Reid
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A corrupt hospital administrator decides to get as much money as possible from the patients by any means necessary - lie, cheat or steal.

Director: Rod Amateau
Stars: Peter Sellers, Jo Ann Pflug, Rick Lenz
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A retired entertainer makes his living as a street musician on the streets of London. Two young children befriend the old musician, brightening his otherwise colorless life.

Director: Anthony Simmons
Stars: Peter Sellers, Donna Mullane, John Chaffey
Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

William Topaz McGonagall, the world's greateset poet. Unfortunately the whole of the rest of the world disagreed. His talent made him a sort of Victorian Chris Evans but without the cash.

Director: Joseph McGrath
Stars: Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Julia Foster
The Bobo (1967)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Unsuccessful singing bullfighter Juan arrives in Barcelona to try his luck in a big town. He finally persuades a devious local impresario to book him, but only on the condition that Juan ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland, Rossano Brazzi
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

During D-day several people become trapped while hiding in a bunker, when heavy shelling collapses it. They have plenty of food and water so they decide to wait for rescuers. And so they wait year, after year, after year.

Director: Clive Rees
Stars: Peter Sellers, Charles Aznavour, Jeremy Kemp
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A pirate crewman kills his captain after learning where he has hidden his buried treasure. However, as he begins to lose his memory, he relies more and more on the ghost of the man he just ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Medak, Spike Milligan
Stars: Peter Sellers, Anthony Franciosa, Spike Milligan
After the Fox (1966)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After the heist of the 'gold of Cairo', an Italian criminal mastermind, impersonating a film director, plans to grab the loot once it's unloaded on the beach of an Italian fishing village where a bogus movie is being filmed.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Peter Sellers, Victor Mature, Britt Ekland
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Angela Barrows, an accomplished business analyst from the US, attempts to contemporise the late MacPherson's tweed factory, shaking the very foundation of a men-only company.

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Peter Sellers, Robert Morley, Constance Cummings
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
... Mr. Hoffman
... Miss Smith
... Tom Mitchell
Ruth Dunning ... Mrs. Mitchell
Edit

Storyline

A lonely executive Blackmails a young girl from the steno pool into spending a week with him at his flat. Full of wonderful mind games and dialogue Mister Hoffman only wants to share his love. The rather typical plot really involves only two people through out giving us lots of time to see what they can do. Written by The Kid @ Bellevue

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

August 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor a la inglesa  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When 'Miss Smith' plays 'Chopsticks' on the piano, she only uses her right hand. Whilst it's possible to play it with one hand, the usual way is with both index fingers. Hence the name 'Chopsticks' See more »

Goofs

When Janet Smith is in bed, her left pajama leg is fully extended, yet when she has gotten out of bed, it is pushed all the way up. See more »

Quotes

Benjamin Hoffman: All over the world, simple pleasures of the flesh are being ruined by women screaming to be understood.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Buzz Aldrin Show (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

If there ever Is a next time
Sung by Matt Monro (as Matt Monroe)
Music by Ron Grainer
Lyric by Don Black
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hoffman (Alvin Rakoff, 1970) **1/2
28 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is at once one of Peter Sellers' least-known and more interesting vehicles; the film is virtually a two-hander – with Sinead Cusack (daughter of actor Cyril and later Mrs. Jeremy Irons) as the young girl blackmailed by a middle-aged colleague (Sellers) into becoming his lover, because he knows of her boyfriend's involvement in a robbery.

While the film is considered a comedy, it doesn't sound like it from that synopsis; it's really a character-driven piece on a serious theme – mid-life crisis – which has been treated several times over the years, though rarely in such perceptively intimate detail (for which it was deemed tasteless at the time). The humorous element (if one can call it that) springs from the fact that Sellers' character – who had been fantasizing about Cusack for months – doesn't have the courage to do anything with her once they're together! Incidentally, Hoffman's innately cruel nature was so similar to the real Peter Sellers that one might be inclined to think that his dialogue was improvised – but this wasn't the case!

With this in mind, the film can be seen as talky (though Ernest Gebler's script, adapted from his own novel, does contain a smattering of good lines), low-key and claustrophobic (the narrative strays only occasionally from Sellers' flat, and the two almost never interact with other people) – not to mention repetitive and overstretched at 113 minutes! One particular sequence included an ambitious shot lasting for some 18 minutes, which certainly belied the rumors that Sellers had suffered brain damage during that infamous incident from the early 1960s in which he suffered no less than seven heart attacks in one day. The film's happy-ending-of-sorts, then, is highly improbable – but I guess it works well enough in this context (given that Cusack's boyfriend is depicted as a one-dimensional character and, therefore, no match for the intellectual Sellers).

Gerry Turpin's cinematography of the bleak London settings is one of the film's main assets, while the tone of romantic melancholy – inherent in Ron Grainer's score and his Don Black-penned theme song, "If There Ever Is A Next Time" (sung by Matt Monro) – infuses the whole film and even serves as exposition for the main narrative during its deliberately vague early stages. By the way, director Rakoff had already handled the same material as a TV production starring Donald Pleasance; at his own admission, the film version was too slow – because the pace seemed to be dictated by the lead actor – and professed to having misgivings also about the choice of music. As for Sellers himself, he was so disappointed with the final result that the star offered to buy back the negative from the producer and shoot it again from scratch (the film, in fact, was such a resounding flop that it wasn't shown in New York until 1982)!


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial