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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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'Leo' Colston
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Mrs. Maudsley
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Leo Colston
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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)
Arnold Schulkes ...
Servant (uncredited)
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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)

Produced 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

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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
Christopher Tucker ... make-up (uncredited)

Production Management

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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
Michael Ellis ... sound editor (uncredited)
David Stephenson ... boom operator (uncredited)

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Dudley Lovell ... camera operator
Bob Bremner ... generator operator (uncredited)
Mike Rutter ... focus puller (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

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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 (Dominic Guard) turns thirteen. He's the guest of Marcus (Richard Gibson), a wealthy classmate, at a grand house in rural Norfolk. Leo is befriended by Marian (Julie Christie), Marcus' twenty-something sister, a beauty about to be engaged to Hugh (Edward Fox), 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 (Sir Alan Bates), 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)
  • Budbäraren (Sweden)
  • Budbäraren (Finland, Swedish title)
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  • 116 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The movie was based upon L.P. Hartley's novel of the same name. The opening line of the novel has become somewhat well-known: "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." That same line--spoken by the voice-over narrator--opens this movie. See more »
Goofs For a film partly set in 1952, many of the vehicles seen are of a much later period. Including as Leo gets in his hire car at Norwich Thorpe station, a late 50's Ford Consul saloon and a BMC 1800 saloon from around 1969. The village scenes include a 1962 Austin A35 van. 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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