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The Hireling (1973)

PG | | Drama | 26 July 1973 (UK)
A young British woman suffering from depression over the loss of her husband develops an unusual relationship with her chauffeur.

Director:

Alan Bridges

Writers:

Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay), L.P. Hartley (novel)
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Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Shaw ... Steven Ledbetter
Sarah Miles ... Lady Franklin
Peter Egan ... Captain Hugh Cantrip
Caroline Mortimer Caroline Mortimer ... Connie
Elizabeth Sellars ... Lady Franklin's Mother
Ian Hogg ... Davis
Christine Hargreaves Christine Hargreaves ... Doreen
Lyndon Brook ... Doctor
Patricia Lawrence Patricia Lawrence ... Mrs. Hansen
Petra Markham Petra Markham ... Edith
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Passenger with Dog
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A young British woman suffering from depression over the loss of her husband develops an unusual relationship with her chauffeur.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lady e o Motorista See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was made and released about sixteen years after its source novel of the same name written by L.P. Hartley had been first published in 1957. See more »

Quotes

Lady Franklin: [Asking Hugh about his wartime experiences] Was it very bad?
Captain Hugh Cantrip: [There is a telling silence: we cannot see his expression because of the shadows]
Lady Franklin: Well, you're back now.
Captain Hugh Cantrip: [as light and shadow flicker across his face] Am I? Sometimes I wonder...
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This superb movie deserves to be better known
22 October 2018 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Another of L.P. Hartley's tales of class and sexual obsession, this one was brought to the screen in 1973 by Alan Bridges, who also made "The Shooting Party", and despite winning three BAFTAs and the Palme D'Or at Cannes has all but disappeared. Like "The Go-Between" this, too, is about a relationship that develops between a titled lady, (Sarah Miles), and a member of the working class, (Robert Shaw), but unlike "The Go-Between", this is a somewhat small-scale affair though psychologically it is just as astute.

It is set in the years after the First World War and Miles is the young widow recovering from a nervous breakdown after the death of her husband and Shaw is the man hired to drive her around and who develops an unhealthy obsession with his employer and they are both superb. The fine supporting cast includes a young Peter Egan as a smug Liberal Member of Parliament and Elizabeth Sellars as Miles' chilly mother while the screenplay by Wolf Mankowitz is typically literate. In fact, you might describe the film itself as chilly. It is certainly old-fashioned but with a degree of frankness that would have been unheard of 20 years earlier and it deserves to be seen.


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