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The Homecoming (1973)

PG | | Drama | 16 April 1977 (France)
In a dreary North London flat, the site of perpetual psychological warfare, a philosophy professor visits his family after a nine-year absence, and introduces the four men, father, uncle, and two brothers, to his wife.

Director:

Peter Hall

Writers:

Harold Pinter (play), Harold Pinter (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Paul Rogers ... Max
Ian Holm ... Lenny
Cyril Cusack ... Sam
Terence Rigby ... Joey
Michael Jayston ... Teddy
Vivien Merchant ... Ruth
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Storyline

Max is a surly pensioner who alternately venerates and vilifies his dead wife. Sam, his brother, is a supercilious chauffeur. Lenny is a smiling, snake-like pimp. Joey is a thick-witted, would-be boxer. These four men live together in a North London flat, the site of their perpetual sadomasochistic battle of words and sometimes physical violence. And then after nine years, Max's third son, Teddy, a philosophy professor living in California, comes back home for a visit. He brings his wife, Ruth. She is immediately drawn in to the family's ugly psychological games and quickly proves a worthy opponent. Soon, the game involves both of Teddy's brothers taking extreme liberties with Ruth, as the coiled Teddy obstinately refuses to spoil the malicious fun by objecting. Written by J. Spurlin

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The share the house. They share the food. They share Teddy's wife. Such a nice happy family.

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English

Release Date:

16 April 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Harold Pinter's The Homecoming See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Ian Holm won the 1967 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Featured Actor in a Drama for "The Homecoming" as Lenny, and reprised the role in this movie. See more »

Quotes

Lenny: Take a table, take it. All right, I say, *take* it, *take* a table, but once you've taken it, what you going to do with it? Once you've got hold of it, where you going to take it?
Max: You'd probably sell it.
Lenny: You wouldn't get much for it.
Joey: Chop it up for firewood.
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Referenced in Jake's Progress (1995) See more »

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Absolutely brilliant.
10 April 1999 | by Seb-33See all my reviews

"The Homecoming" is a masterpiece of a play, and it is transferred very skillfully to the screen. The screenplay differs little from the original text, except that Peter Hall allows the camera to linger on the phallic imagery of Max's walking stick and the various men's cigars. Needless to say, the acting is superb. Ian Holm shines as the amusing but insidious Lenny, as does Cyril Cusack as his aggressive but impotent father. The star of the film, however, is Vivien Merchant, whose portrayal of Ruth is hypnotic and captivating. This is one of Pinter's finest works. A must-see.


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