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Betrayal (1983)

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 ... See full summary »

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David Hugh Jones

Writer:

Harold Pinter
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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

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R | See all certifications »

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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

Second of two cinema movie collaborations starring Jeremy Irons and written by playwright Harold Pinter. The first film was around two years earlier with The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981). 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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Referenced in Irreversible (2002) See more »

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One of the Most Brilliant Ever
23 September 2006 | by Susan TabnikSee all my reviews

Exquisite play by Pinter, and screenplay has fantastic dialog. Acting by three main characters - played by Ben Kingsley, Jeremy Irons, and Patricia Hodge - is brilliant. You get pulled into watching each expression, each word. As the movie unfolds, and the deeper you get into it, you can see what is "behind" those expressions. Ben Kingsley's performance is truly phenomenal !! Since the plot moves backwards in this movie/play, you see the backward evolution of the relationships here. And the various ways of betrayal within those relationships. It is fascinating and mind-blowing - not in any outlandish special effects way, but in the subtleties and interactions of the 3 characters.

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. HOWEVER, I've been looking for a copy of it in DVD or even VHS - but can never find one. Does anyone have any ideas??


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