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The Go-Between (1971)

GP | | Drama, Romance | 29 July 1971 (USA)
A tale of torrid and forbidden love between a couple in the English countryside.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Harold Pinter (screenplay), L.P. Hartley (based on the novel: "The Go-Between" by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Julie Christie ... Marian - Lady Trimingham
Alan Bates ... Ted Burgess
Dominic Guard ... 'Leo' Colston
Margaret Leighton ... Mrs. Maudsley
Michael Redgrave ... Leo Colston
Michael Gough ... Mr Maudsley
Edward Fox ... Hugh Trimingham
Richard Gibson ... Marcus
Simon Hume-Kendall Simon Hume-Kendall ... Denys
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Charles
Amaryllis Garnett Amaryllis Garnett ... Kate (as Amaryllis Garnet)
Keith Buckley ... Stubbs
John Rees John Rees ... Blunt
Gordon Richardson Gordon Richardson ... Rector
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Storyline

Summer 1900: Queen Victoria's last, and the summer Leo (Dominic Guard) turns thirteen. He's the guest of Marcus (Richard Gibson), a wealthy classmate, at a grand house in rural Norfolk. Leo is befriended by Marian (Julie Christie), Marcus' twenty-something sister, a beauty about to be engaged to Hugh (Edward Fox), a viscount and good fellow. Marian buys Leo a forest-green suit, takes him on walks, and asks him to carry messages to and from their neighbor, Ted Burgess (Sir Alan Bates), a bit of a rake. Leo is soon dissembling, realizes he's betraying Hugh, but continues as the go-between nonetheless, asking adults naive questions about the attractions of men and women. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Winner of the Golden Palm Award Grand Prix Cannes Film Festival See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One of two movies based on novels by L.P. Hartley made in the 1970s. The other was The Hireling (1973). See more »

Goofs

For a film partly set in 1952, many of the vehicles seen are of a much later period. Including as Leo gets in his hire car at Norwich Thorpe station, a late 50's Ford Consul saloon and a BMC 1800 saloon from around 1969. The village scenes include a 1962 Austin A35 van. See more »

Quotes

Leo: Thank you very much Mr. Burgess, is there anything I can do for you?
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Connections

Referenced in Endeavour: Icarus (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Angels, Ever Bright and Fair
(1749) (uncredited)
From the Oratorio "Theodora"
Music by George Frideric Handel
Words by Thomas Morell
Performed by Dominic Guard
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One of the greatest films ever
15 November 2004 | by diccongarrettSee all my reviews

Of course, it is all a matter of personal taste. However this film captures the painful endurance of Leo as his country collapses towards war, a rigid society faces its own internal turmoil and Leo is stripped of his innocence before he is ready.

Set during a blistering summer before the First World War in which Leo stays with the wealthy family of a schoolfriend, the story revolves around Leo's new acquaintances amongst the adults of the family and their circle of socialites (his friend is confined to bed with measles). Leo is drawn into acting as a messenger between Marian and Ted Burgess, a local yeoman farmer.

Beneath the surface is a compelling tension that encompasses Marian, her suitor (Viscount Trimmingham), Ted Burgess and Marian's mother. All of this is witnessed by Leo who has to deal with his burgeoning but still confused understanding of the situation and his own schoolboy affections for Marian.

The story boils to a climax when the oppressive summer finally breaks and the dramatic revelations violently alter the course of personal lives, society and England.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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