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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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Complete credited cast:
... Jerry
... Robert
... Emma
Avril Elgar ... Mrs. Banks
Ray Marioni ... Waiter
Caspar Norman ... Sam
Chloe Billington ... Charlotte Age 5
Hannah Davies ... Charlotte Age 9
Michael König ... Ned Age 2
Alexander McIntosh ... Ned Age 5
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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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In every life...for every love...with every trust...there is a risk of Betrayal.

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20 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Anatomia de uma Traição  »

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The movie stars two actors that have both won the Academy Award for Best Actor - Ben Kingsley for Gandhi (1982) and Jeremy Irons for Reversal of Fortune (1990). See more »

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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 Memento (2000) See more »

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The Seduction of Betrayal
1 October 1998 | by See 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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