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The Go-Between ()


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

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Marian - Lady Trimingham
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Ted Burgess
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Mrs. Maudsley
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Leo Colston
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Leo
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Mr. Maudsley
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Hugh Trimingham
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Marcus
Simon Hume-Kendall ...
Denys
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Charles
Amaryllis Garnett ...
Kate (as Amaryllis Garnet)
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Stubbs
John Rees ...
Blunt
Gordon Richardson ...
Rector
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Spectator at Cricket Match (uncredited)
Joshua Losey ...
Boy in Village (uncredited)

Directed by

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Joseph Losey

Written by

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

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John Heyman ... producer
Norman Priggen ... producer
Robert Velaise ... executive producer
Denis Johnson ... producer (uncredited)

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Michel Legrand

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Gerry Fisher ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Reginald Beck

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Noel Rogers ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Carmen Dillon

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John Furniss

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Stephanie Kaye ... chief hairdresser
Bob Lawrance ... chief makeup

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Denis Johnson Jr. ... production supervisor (as Denis Johnson Jnr)

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Richard F. Dalton ... assistant director (as Richard Dalton)
Terry Hodgkinson ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Michael Finlay ... painter (uncredited)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)

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Garth Craven ... dubbing editor
Peter Handford ... sound recordist
Hugh Strain ... sound recordist
David Stephenson ... boom operator (uncredited)

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Dudley Lovell ... camera operator
Bob Bremner ... generator operator (uncredited)
Mike Rutter ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Stephen Smith ... assistant camera (uncredited)

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Camilla Farmer ... costume co-ordinator
Eileen Sullivan ... wardrobe supervisor

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Michel Legrand ... music conducted by
Keith Grant ... music scoring engineer (uncredited)

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Pamela Davies ... continuity
Richard Macdonald ... titles
David Ball ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Theo de Rosé ... runner (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • The Go Between (World-wide, English title)
  • Le messager (France)
  • El mensajero (Spain)
  • O Mensageiro (Brazil)
  • Посредникът (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 116 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The opening line of L.P. Hartley's novel, upon which this movie was based, has become somewhat well-known: "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there". It also opens this movie. See more »
Goofs In the scene where the parishioners are going to church, the bells can be heard ringing Plain Bob Minor, a six-bell method. But when the scene changes to the interior of the church, only four men are seen, heaving laboriously on the ropes. Change ringing requires the sally (the coloured fluffy portion) to be pulled fully down and allowed to rise high up, then the rope is pulled down again by the tail end (hand-stroke and back-stroke), but the tail ends of the ropes are all knotted up. The men are only chiming the bells, not performing full-circle change ringing. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in The Go Between (1990). See more »
Soundtracks Le Messager (The Go-Between) (Thème Du Film) See more »
Quotes Leo: Thank you very much Mr. Burgess, is there anything I can do for you?
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