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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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Storyline

A young British woman suffering from depression over the loss of her husband develops an unusual relationship with her chauffeur.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An entire wing of the Sutton Place manor was used for filming the movie. This included the production company shooting in the dining room and its spacious library. 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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Disappointing
11 January 1999 | by LinnellSee all my reviews

If you have enjoyed the original Hartley book with its subtleties and irony, then this film is going to be a big disappointment. Although the pace and direction of the screenplay are broadly the same, some of the characters are missing and others have extended roles. The revised finale completely loses the harrowing irony and pathos of the book. Ripe for a Merchant/Ivory production...


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