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The Go-Between (1971)

A tale of torrid and forbidden love between a couple in the English countryside.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Harold Pinter (screenplay), L.P. Hartley (based on the novel: "The Go-Between" by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Julie Christie ... Marian - Lady Trimingham
Alan Bates ... Ted Burgess
Margaret Leighton ... Mrs. Maudsley
Michael Redgrave ... Leo Colston
Dominic Guard ... Leo
Michael Gough ... Mr. Maudsley
Edward Fox ... Hugh Trimingham
Richard Gibson ... Marcus
Simon Hume-Kendall Simon Hume-Kendall ... Denys
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Charles
Amaryllis Garnett Amaryllis Garnett ... Kate (as Amaryllis Garnet)
Keith Buckley ... Stubbs
John Rees John Rees ... Blunt
Gordon Richardson Gordon Richardson ... Rector
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Storyline

Summer 1900: Queen Victoria's last and the summer Leo turns 13. He's the guest of Marcus, a wealthy classmate, at a grand home in rural Norfolk. Leo is befriended by Marian, Marcus's twenty-something sister, a beauty about to be engaged to Hugh, a viscount and good fellow. Marian buys Leo a forest-green suit, takes him on walks, and asks him to carry messages to and from their neighbor, Ted Burgess, a bit of a rake. Leo is soon dissembling, realizes he's betraying Hugh, but continues as the go-between nonetheless, asking adults naive questions about the attractions of men and women. Can an affair between neighbors stay secret for long? And how does innocence end? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This Year's Grand Prize Winner at the Cannes Film Festival See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Budbäraren See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

EMI Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was nominated for 12 BAFTA Awards and won four: Best Screenplay (Harold Pinter), Best Supporting Actor (Edward Fox), Best Supporting Actress (Margaret Leighton) and Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles - Dominic Guard. See more »

Goofs

It has been reported by sharp-eyed viewers that in the Tombland scene in Norwich, there is a shop window behind the action which reflects an image of the camera crew. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Thirtysomething: The Go Between (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes
(1889) (uncredited)
From the Savoy Opera "The Gondoliers"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by Alan Bates
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Elegant, tragic, yet oddly liberating
10 May 2001 | by zach-27See all my reviews

The first time I saw this film, I was 18 years old. Now, almost thirty years later, I am still enthralled by its two atmospheres - a hot summery Norfolk, England at the turn of the century versus a cloudy, rainy, modern-day Norfolk. The juxtaposition between the two periods is stunning, and mysterious. The acting is superb, the sets and costumes are superior, and the haunting Michel Legrand score stays with you long after the film is over. I find the film to be quite elegant in its scenes of yesteryear, where the "old" England seemed dreamy, leisurely, carefree, and prim and proper, compared to the dreary, coldly realistic, grown-up, modern-day England, where the past is spoken about, and an explanation of what happened in the past is requested.

Although the movie ends on a tragic note, there is a hint of hope which I found oddly liberating, a feature I didn't notice 30 years ago. But like fine wine, this movie ages well. Enjoy, and go on a trip to the past "...{where it's} a foreign country...they do things differently there."


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