The Birthday Party

Film version of Pinter's first full-length play, a rather unsubtle and flashy piece of seaside gothic in which a scruffy, stay-at-home boarding-house lodger is terrorised by two sinister visitors: rather clever inversions of the stereotypic stage Jew and Irishman. Seems long and fussy, partly the fault of both play and director, but some marvellous performances (Nichols creating her Silly Moo character, Tafler superb as the anecdotal Goldberg) make it worth seeing.

Release details

124 mins

Cast and crew

William Friedkin
Harold Pinter
Moultrie Kelsall
Helen Fraser
Robert Shaw
Sydney Tafler
Dandy Nichols
Patrick Magee