7.1/10
1,478
26 user 11 critic

Betrayal (1983)

An affair between a literary agent and his best friend's wife. The story unfolds in reverse-chronological order.

Director:

David Hugh Jones (as David Jones)

Writers:

Harold Pinter (play), Harold Pinter (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeremy Irons ... Jerry
Ben Kingsley ... Robert
Patricia Hodge ... Emma
Avril Elgar Avril Elgar ... Mrs. Banks
Ray Marioni Ray Marioni ... Waiter
Caspar Norman Caspar Norman ... Sam
Chloe Billington Chloe Billington ... Charlotte Age 5
Hannah Davies Hannah Davies ... Charlotte Age 9
Michael König Michael König ... Ned Age 2
Alexander McIntosh Alexander McIntosh ... Ned Age 5
Edit

Storyline

Pinter's semi-autobiographical play examining the surprise attraction, shy first steps, gradual flowering, and treasonous deception of a woman's extramarital affair with her husband's best friend. The entire story is told from the husband's point of view, with the scenes in precise reverse chronological order. Written by Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In every life...for every love...with every trust...there is a risk of Betrayal.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom Bell and Sir Ian McKellen were contenders for the role of Robert. See more »

Quotes

Emma: Aren't you enjoying the party?
Jerry: You're beautiful.
[He goes to her]
Jerry: Listen. I've been watching you all night. I must tell you, I want to tell you, I have to tell you...
Emma:
  • Please

Jerry: You're incredible.
Emma: You're drunk.
Jerry: Nevertheless.
[He holds her]
Jerry: I was best man at your wedding. I saw you in white. I watched you glide by in white.
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Seinfeld: The Betrayal (1997) See more »

User Reviews

 
One of My Very Favorites
11 November 2004 | by stabnik1See all my reviews

This movie is brilliant. All the actors, especially Ben Kingsley, were superb. When Ben Kingsley is in the scene, you are riveted to his every expression. Especially when you watch it for the 2nd time, and know what they know at every given point. Also, thinking about the actual betrayals. I loved the dialogue, references from scene to scene, relationships between the characters, and the backward progress of it all. Pinter's work is incredible. Because of what you know at various points in the plot, you can see what's going on inside the characters. Patricia Hodge and Jeremy Irons give truly amazing performances - and Mr. Kingsley is just mind-blowing.

I sure hope it comes out on DVD one day - my VHS copy is running down.


16 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 26 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betrayal See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Horizon Pictures (II) See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed