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The Philanthropist (1975)

A philologist at a British university finds his small world coming apart just as catastrophic things seem to be happening in the big world outside.


Stuart Burge


Christopher Hampton (by)


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Complete credited cast:
Ronald Pickup ... Philip
Helen Mirren ... Celia
James Bolam ... Don
Charles Gray ... Braham
Jacqueline Pearce ... Araminta
Colin Higgins Colin Higgins ... John
Amanda Knott Amanda Knott ... Liz


The original play by Christopher Hampton, was adapted into this made-for-TV movie and it offers witty dialogue in the midst of remarkable conflict among its privileged characters. Philip, his fiancée Celia (Helen Mirren), and their circle of friends talk various forms of love, playwriting and everything in between during the course of a dinner party. Despite the fact that seismic events are unfolding in the world around them, their conversation returns to the usual subjects. Strangely enough, news of the collapse of the government and its violent aftermath doesn't perturb anyone. Even though a hit list from an obscure organization targeting, twenty-five of the most eminent English writers, does elicit a slight reaction from their dinner guest, a well known novelist, who isn't sure whether to be 'relieved or insulted' not to find himself on the list. However, despite the reactions (or lack thereof) to outside events, the party is not without drama of its own. As the evening progresses,...

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29 October 1975 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The character of Braham, the obnoxious right-wing novelist, was widely thought to be a caricature of Kingsley Amis. See more »

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Thoroughly enjoyable film
7 November 2017 | by SpinBoyAndHowSee all my reviews

This was my favorite movie in the Helen Mirren compilation set. It's about an Oxford University professor who has a dinner party with his fiancée (played by Mirren), in his cramped, charming little apartment on campus. Invited are his world-wise best friend (another professor), a mousy young woman who doesn't speak a single word throughout the film, an intellectual nymphomaniac extrovert, and a pompous middle-aged author who's delightfully obnoxious. Tragedies and political movements are occurring on campus and the group discusses a wide variety of interesting topics. It's very talky, witty, intelligent, and mid-1970's British. Young, pretty Helen Mirren is great as the smart, sophisticated graduate student fiancée of the somewhat clumsy professor. Jacqueline Pearce's performance is excellent as the sexy modern woman who 'sort of' comes between them, and Charles Gray is perfect as the stuffy British author for whom the phrase 'so full of himself' could've been invented (When this guy left the party, I didn't want him to go!). I'm not going to pick apart the little nuances of the performances and go on and on about who accurately communicated what aspects of their character's inner demons or strengths and did or didn't do the original Moliere vision justice.--I just thought it was fantastic! Anyone who's a fan of British comedy and shows from that era (like Fawlty Towers, Are You Being Served?, Reginald Perrin, Rising Damp, I, Claudius, etc.) will definitely like this. It really feels like you're transported to a British dinner party at a flat on the Oxford campus on a November night in 1975!

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