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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:

Alvin Rakoff

Writers:

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

Cast overview:
Peter Sellers ... Mr. Hoffman
Sinéad Cusack ... Miss Smith
Jeremy Bulloch ... Tom Mitchell
Ruth Dunning Ruth Dunning ... Mrs. Mitchell
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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

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor a la inglesa See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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.
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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
Music by Ron Grainer
Lyrics by Don Black
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Hard to find but worth the search
2 August 2005 | by coneal-1See all my reviews

For a 25+ year old film it ages well. Perhaps more appreciated now than when it was released since Peter Sellers fame had diminished it is easier, I suspect, for the audience to see him as "everyman".

I watched this after watching the HBO biography of Peter Sellers (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers). It makes "Hoffman" all the better.

I wonder how it was received when it first came out since that was at the beginning of the Women's Liberation Movement. If I were 21 I'd probably see Mr. Hoffman as a dirty old man but being almost 50 my opinion is different. We all know this is a fantasy. Mr. Sellers himself knows this is a fantasy.

I found it a moving and well acted drama with a touch of comedy and romance. Rent it if you can find it.


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