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The Hireling

6.7
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Original title
The Hireling
Year
Running time
108 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Wolf Mankowitz (Novel: L.P. Hartley)
Music
Marc Wilkinson
Cinematography
Michael Reed
Cast
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Producer
Columbia Pictures / World Film Services
Genre
Drama
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.
Awards
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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