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Time Out says

Lumet's reverential adaptation of Peter Shaffer's play all but defies sane comment: the sub-Lawrentian pretensions that theatre audiences took so seriously stand revealed in all their Pythonesque absurdity when transposed to the screen. The problem is very basic: theatrical symbolism just isn't the same as filmic realism. Add to this that Burton lacks even a shred of credibility as the psychiatrist, and that Firth's performance - technically faultless - is periodically interrupted by scenes in which the awe-struck camera simply observes him undressed, and you begin to comprehend the film's true wretchedness.
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Release Details

  • Duration:137 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Sidney Lumet
  • Screenwriter:Peter Shaffer
  • Cast:
    • Richard Burton
    • Peter Firth
    • Colin Blakely
    • Joan Plowright
    • Harry Andrews
    • Eileen Atkins
    • Jenny Agutter
    • Kate Reid
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