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The Go-Between (2015)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 20 September 2015
An elderly man pieces together his childhood memories after finding his diary from 1900, which he wrote when he was 13 years old.

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Pete Travis

Writers:

L.P. Hartley (based on the novel by), Adrian Hodges
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Complete credited cast:
Jim Broadbent ... Old Leo
Jack Hollington ... Leo
Samuel Joslin ... Marcus Maudsley
Tim McMullan Tim McMullan ... Butler
Joanna Vanderham ... Marian Maudsley
Lesley Manville ... Mrs Maudsley
Jack Cutmore-Scott ... Denys Maudsley
Emily Laing Emily Laing ... Julia
Ben Batt ... Ted Burgess
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Hugh Trimingham
Vanessa Redgrave ... Old Marian
Nicholas Evans Nicholas Evans ... Boy Treble
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In 1900 12 year old Leo Colston spends a blisteringly hot summer with the wealthy family of class-mate Marcus Maudsley at their Norfolk estate. When Marcus falls ill Leo is befriended by the daughter of the house, the glamorous, captivating Marian, who is to be engaged to disfigured Boer War veteran, the kindly Hugh Trimingham. Totally smitten by her, Leo agrees to carry business letters between herself and young tenant farmer Ted Burgess. However the messages are not what they first appear to be and will have unfortunate consequences spanning half a century when Leo meets up with Marian again. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2015 (UK) See more »

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Jim Broadbent also appeared in the original The Go-Between (1971), his first film role (though an uncredited role). See more »

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Superfluous
16 January 2016 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

One can understand the BBC's desire to remake "Cider with Rosie" and "Lady Chatterley's Lover", and perhaps even "An Inspector Calls", although the last has at least two fine filmed versions, but their decision to remake "The Go-Between" was a misguided one.

Jospeh Losey's 1971 version is one of those rare occasions in which everything seemed to be right - a top notch cast, beautiful cinematography, a terrific Michel Legrand score and a superb Harold Pinter screenplay. L.P. Hartley himself was moved to tears after seeing the film. So then why remake it? How could it possibly fare in comparison?

This television version does not even begin to complete with its predecessor. Adrian Hodge shows little faith in his audience forgoing any subtlety in his dialogue and general characterisation. The cast are a pale and uncharismatic bunch.

Seek out Hartley's novel and Losey's film – they are masterpieces. Skip this one.


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