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The Hireling

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Original title
The Hireling
Running time
108 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Wolf Mankowitz (Novel: L.P. Hartley)
Marc Wilkinson
Michael Reed
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Columbia Pictures / World Film Services
Synopsis / Plot
This is a thoughtful film that lays bare the iniquities of the so-called upper class and those who work for them; the haves and have-nots. Robert Shaw does a creditable job in his role as the obliging, correct chauffeur, Steven Ledbetter, who helps Lady Franklin (Sarah Miles) overcome her mental depression at the outset. However, Steven has many mixed feelings regarding this lady of the upper class. He inevitably falls in love with her, which of course is overstepping the societal boundaries that separate them.
1973: Cannes Film Festival: Palm of Gold - Best Film
1973: National Board of Review (NBR): Top 10 Films of the Year
1973: 3 BAFTA Awards: Most Promising Newcomer (Egan), Art Direction, Costume
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