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The Hireling (1973)

PG | | Drama | 26 July 1973 (UK)
A young British woman suffering from depression over the loss of her husband develops an unusual relationship with her chauffeur.

Director:

Alan Bridges

Writers:

Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay), L.P. Hartley (novel)
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Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Shaw ... Steven Ledbetter
Sarah Miles ... Lady Franklin
Peter Egan ... Captain Hugh Cantrip
Caroline Mortimer Caroline Mortimer ... Connie
Elizabeth Sellars ... Lady Franklin's Mother
Ian Hogg ... Davis
Christine Hargreaves Christine Hargreaves ... Doreen
Lyndon Brook ... Doctor
Patricia Lawrence Patricia Lawrence ... Mrs. Hansen
Petra Markham Petra Markham ... Edith
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Passenger with Dog
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A young British woman suffering from depression over the loss of her husband develops an unusual relationship with her chauffeur.

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Rare appearance in a cinema movie of actress Elizabeth Sellars who had only appeared in one theatrical feature film since The Chalk Garden (1964). See more »

Quotes

Lady Franklin: [Asking Hugh about his wartime experiences] Was it very bad?
Captain Hugh Cantrip: [There is a telling silence: we cannot see his expression because of the shadows]
Lady Franklin: Well, you're back now.
Captain Hugh Cantrip: [as light and shadow flicker across his face] Am I? Sometimes I wonder...
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A study in British societal values
8 June 2001 | by lora64See all my reviews

This is a thoughtful film that lays bare the inequities of the so-called upper class and those who work for them, the haves and have-nots. Robert Shaw does a creditable job in his role as the obliging, correct chauffeur, Steven Ledbetter, who helps Lady Franklin (Sarah Miles) overcome her mental depression at the outset. However, Steven has many mixed feelings regarding this lady of the upper class. He inevitably falls in love with her, which of course is overstepping the societal boundaries that separate them.

I have not read anything prior to this and only judge the movie as I have seen it. I consider it a very honest story about the realities of daily living and the conflict of what we might wish or expect from life and what we get. It's a fine drama worth seeing again.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lady e o Motorista See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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