- Original title
- Running time
- 111 min.
- United Kingdom
Harold Pinter. Play: Harold Pinter
Co-production United Kingdom-United States;
Cinévision Ltée, The American Film Theatre
- Max is a surly pensioner who alternately venerates and vilifies his dead wife. Sam, his brother, is a supercilious chauffeur. Lenny is a smiling, snake-like pimp. Joey is a thick-witted, would-be boxer. These four men live together in a North London flat, the site of their perpetual sadomasochistic battle of words and sometimes physical violence. And then after nine years, Max's third son, Teddy, a philosophy professor living in California, comes back home for a visit. He brings his wife, Ruth. She is immediately drawn in to the family's ugly psychological games and quickly proves a worthy opponent. Soon, the game involves both of Teddy's brothers taking extreme liberties with Ruth, as the coiled Teddy obstinately refuses to spoil the malicious fun by objecting
: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Vivien Merchant)
: Cannes Film Festival: Official Selection (Out Of Competition)
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