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The Go-Between (1971)

GP | | Drama, Romance | 1 October 1971 (UK)
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 thirteen. He's the guest of Marcus, a wealthy classmate, at a grand house in rural Norfolk. Leo is befriended by Marian, Marcus' 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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In those days, you fell in love with your own class. Or found a Go-Between See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Budbäraren See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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

EMI Films paid Harold Pinter seventy-five thousand pounds sterling to write the screenplay. 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

Angels, Ever Bright and Fair
(1749) (uncredited)
From the Oratorio "Theodora"
Music by George Frideric Handel
Words by Thomas Morell
Performed by Dominic Guard
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Evocative record of a very hot (and stately) Norfolk summer
19 March 2006 | by StillNotDigitalSee all my reviews

I agree with the previous reviewer that the time-shifts seem unnecessary and serve only to complicate the film. There's also an unlikely implication that the events of the Norfolk summer which Leo experienced 40 years ago were so traumatic that he had become psychologically incapable of getting married.

But for me, although there's not much that happens in the plot, this film is heavy with nostalgia. It was the first school film I saw on arriving at a Northamptonshire boarding school. Like Leo, I was 13 and didn't understand everything that was going on.

Would I recommend it to today's youth? Well yes, but I wouldn't expect a large proportion of them to sit the entire way through it. It just doesn't have anything like the pace of today's blockbusters or teen movies. The enjoyment of this film is now largely an intellectual one -- it's about the laughable views of the upper class, and about book-to-film transfers.

Incidentally, to my knowledge, this film has never been available for sale on DVD. And yet in March 2006, it was given away as a freebie DVD with the UK's Sunday Telegraph. The film industry is seriously undervaluing its back-catalogue. Who knows what next -- Lindsay Anderson's brilliant 'IF' in a packet of cereal??


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