The Guest

  • 1963
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Sellers, Richard Burton, Noel Coward, and 10 others each put up about $15,000 to make this movie. The stars and creative team all went on deferment, and everyone had a piece of the action. We wonder if they ever got a farthing. Pinter is the most highly stylized author around today (with the exception of Samuel Beckett), and if you...read more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Sellers, Richard Burton, Noel Coward, and 10 others each put up about $15,000 to make this movie. The stars and creative team all went on deferment, and everyone had a piece of the action. We wonder if they ever got a farthing. Pinter is the most highly stylized

author around today (with the exception of Samuel Beckett), and if you don't like pauses, pregnant or otherwise, you might hate this movie. The plot is deceptive. Pleasence is a tramp who is invited to stay in a house owned by Alan Bates. But he is asked to the house by Bates' brother, Robert

Shaw. For the remainder of the film, the two brothers use Pleasence as a volleyball, tossing him back and forth between them (verbally) and confusing the already addled tramp. Both men want Pleasence to be their caretaker and, in the end, the tramp is tossed out. And that's it! Critics have

offered all sorts of hidden meanings to the play, while Pinter has just maintained his silence, preferring instead to play his little game, and the audience tries to figure out what it means. Without all the pauses, Pinter specifically calls for in his script, the dialog in this film version might

add up to under an hour. Pinter is infuriating, but endlessly fascinating: sort of like a rattlesnake with a typewriter.

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  • Review: Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Sellers, Richard Burton, Noel Coward, and 10 others each put up about $15,000 to make this movie. The stars and creative team all went on deferment, and everyone had a piece of the action. We wonder if they ever got a farthing. Pint… (more)

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