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Butley

UK, English, 94 mins

  • Director: Harold Pinter
  • Writer: Simon Gray
  • Producer: Ely A. Landau; Otto Plaschkes

CGiii Comment

The little direction that there is - is terrible.

Thankfully Pinter only directed 4 features.

Gray's writing is over-exposed, over-wrought and over-bearing.

Bates' performance is obnoxious and odious as the selfish bisexual.

It's dreadfully long and goes painfully beyond plausibility.

Important only in that it is a diminutive re-hashing of Sunday Bloody Sunday and, as most films do...simplistically, portraying the bisexual as a parasite.

A migraine-inducing marathon.


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The(ir) Blurb...

An English professor finds his life crumbling around him.

Cast & Characters

Alan Bates as Ben Butley;
Jessica Tandy as Edna Shaft;
Richard O'Callaghan as Joey Keyston;
Susan Engel as Anne Butley;
Michael Byrne as Reg Nuttall;
Georgina Hale as Miss Heasman;
Simon Rouse as Mr. Gardner;
John Savident as James;
Oliver Maguire as Train Passenger;
Darien Angadi as Male Student;
Colin Haigh as Male Student;
Lindsay Ingram as Female Student;
Patti Love as Female Student;
Belinda Low as Female Student;
Derrick O'Connor as Irishman in pub

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