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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

Writers:

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

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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
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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>

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Taglines:

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

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anatomia de uma Traição See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Horizon Pictures (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This movie is comprised of nine segments or sequences which are all shown in reverse chronological order. See more »

Quotes

Robert: [after his wife tells him that she's been having an affair with his best friend] Where does it take place? Must be a bit awkward. I mean we've got two kids, he's got two kids not to mention a wife.
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Connections

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

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The Seduction of Betrayal
1 October 1998 | by MaelstroSee all my reviews

The great master of Theatre, Harold Pinter, brings us the seduction of one of his (in my opinion) best plays. With stunningly clued performances by Irons, Kingsley and Hodge, the play seduces as it unfolds, and every scene is charged with a sexual tension. A daring step for film and writing, the plot is shown backwards and both the end and beginning are so beautifully touching because you know what will happen, as well as what has already. A triumph of the cinema.


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